Future Energy: Improved, Sustainable and Clean Options for our Planet (2nd edition)

Future Energy: Improved, Sustainable and Clean Options for our Planet (2nd edition)

By: Trevor M. Letcher (editor)Hardback

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As the demand for global energy increases, fact-based evaluations of alternative energy sources are needed in order to address the growing interest in how energy is produced, provided, and transported in sustainable ways. Future Energy, Second Edition provides scientists and decision makers with the knowledge they need to understand the relative importance and magnitude of various energy production methods in order to make the energy decisions needed for sustaining development and dealing with climate change. The second edition of Future Energy looks at the present energy situation and extrapolates to future scenarios related to global warming and the increase of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This thoroughly revised and updated edition contains over 30 chapters on all aspects of future energy, each chapter updated and expanded by expert scientists and engineers in their respective fields providing an unbiased and balanced view of the future of energy.

About Author

Trevor M Letcher is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a past Director of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics and his research involves the thermodynamics of liquid mixtures and energy from landfill. He was awarded the South African Chemical Institute's Gold medal in 1999 and in 2000 he was awarded the South African Gold medal by the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 250 papers in peer review journals and has edited, co-edited and written eleven books in his research and related fields. His latest books include Unraveling Environmental Disasters (2012), Materials for a Sustainable Future (2012), Waste (2011), Heat Capacities (2010), Climate Change (2009) and Future Energy (2008).


Chapter 1 Introduction with a Focus on Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change Chapter 2 Conventional Oil and Gas Chapter 3 Coal Extraction and use in Power Generation Chapter 4 Frontier Oil and Gas: Deepwater, Arctic Chapter 5 Unconventional Oil and Gas: Oilsands Chapter 6 Unconventional Oil and Gas: Oil Shales and Fracking Chapter 7 Coal-bed Methane Chapter 8 Methane Hydrates Chapter 9 Nuclear Fission and the new Thorium process Chapter 10 Nuclear Fusion Chapter 11 Transport Fuel: Ethanol and Biofuels Chapter 12 Transport Fuel: Biomass-, Coal-, Gas- and Waste-to-Liquids Processes Chapter 13 Transport Fuel: LNG and Methane Chapter 14 Transport Energy - Batteries Chapter 15 Wind Energy Chapter 16 Tidal Energy Chapter 17 Wave Energy Chapter 18 Solar Energy - Photovoltaics Chapter 19 Solar Energy - Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Chapter 20 Solar Energy - Water Heating Chapter 21 Hydro-Electric Power Chapter 22 Geothermal Energy Chapter 23 Hydrogen: An Energy Carrier Chapter 24 Fuel Cells: Energy Conversion Technology Chapter 25 Environmental Impacts of Energy Production, Distribution and Transport Chapter 26 CO2 Capture and Sequestration (CCS) Chapter 27 Energy Storage (Hydrogen storage, pumping water, phase changes, etc.) Chapter 28 Energy Efficiency, Conservation, Energy Saving Devices, and the Smart Grid Chapter 29 Energy Resources in Developing Nations Chapter 30 The Transition to Future Energy Chapter 31 Energy Options and Predictions for China

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780080994246
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 738
  • ID: 9780080994246
  • weight: 1350
  • ISBN10: 0080994245
  • edition: 2nd edition

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