One of the most important issues facing humanity today is the prospect of global climate change, brought about primarily by our prolific energy use and heavy dependence on fossil fuels. Fueling Our Future: An Introduction to Sustainable Energy provides a concise overview of current energy demand and supply patterns. It presents a balanced view of how our reliance on fossil fuels can be changed over time so that we have a much more sustainable energy system in the near future. Written in a non-technical and accessible style, the book will appeal to a wide range of readers without scientific backgrounds.
Robert Evans is the Methanex Professor of Clean Energy Systems and founding Director of the Clean Energy Research Centre in the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He was previously Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Applied Science at UBC. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the US Society of Automotive Engineers. Prior to spending the last 25 years in academia he worked in the UK Central Electricity Research Laboratory, for the British Columbia Energy Commission, and the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. He is the author or co-author of over 130 publications, and holds four US patents.
Part I. Setting the Scene: 1. Introduction; 2. The energy conversion chain; 3. Energy and the environment; Part II. The Global Energy Demand and Supply Balance: 4. World energy demand; 5. World energy supply; Part III. New and Sustainable Energy Sources: 6. Non-conventional fossil fuels; 7. Renewable energy sources; 8. Nuclear power; Part IV. Towards a Sustainable Energy Balance: 9. The transportation challenge; 10. Achieving a sustainable energy balance; Index.