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Letcher T. (ed.) Future Energy: Improved, Sustainable and Clean Options for our Planet

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Letcher T. (ed.) Future Energy: Improved, Sustainable and Clean Options for our Planet
1st Edition. - Elsevier Science, 2008. XXII, 376 p. — ISBN :9780080548081 (Print Book), ISBN :9780080564876 (eBook).
Key Features
- Written by experts in the key future energy disciplines from around the globe
- Details of all possible forms of energy that are and will be available globally in the next two decades
- Puts each type of available energy into perspective with realistic, future options
Future Energy will allow us to make reasonable, logical and correct decisions on our future energy as a result of two of the most serious problems that the civilized world has to face; the looming shortage of oil (which supplies most of our transport fuel) and the alarming rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide over the past 50 years (resulting from the burning of oil, gas and coal and the loss of forests) that threatens to change the world’s climate through global warming.
Future Energy focuses on all the types of energy available to us, taking into account a future involving a reduction in oil and gas production and the rapidly increasing amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. It is unique in the genre of books of similar title in that each chapter has been written by a scientist or engineer who is an expert in his or her field.
The book is divided into four sections:
Traditional Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Energy
Renewable Energy
Potentially Important New Types of Energy
New Aspects to Future Energy Usage
Each chapter highlights the basic theory and implementation, scope, problems and costs associated with a particular type of energy. The traditional fuels are included because they will be with us for decades to come - but, we hope, in a cleaner form. The renewable energy types includes wind power, wave power, tidal energy, two forms of solar energy, bio-mass, hydroelectricity, geothermal and the hydrogen economy. Potentially important new types of energy include: pebble bed nuclear reactors, nuclear fusion, methane hydrates and recent developments in fuel cells and batteries.
Students, professionals and researchers in energy engineering and the energy industry, as well as policymakers in government
Table of Contents
Foreword - Sir David King
The Future of Oil and Gas Fossil Fuels, A Goodwin
The Future of Clean Coal, M Balat
Nuclear Power (Fission), S Green and D Kennedy
The Alberta Oil Sands: Reserves and Supply Outlook, F Rahnama, K Elliott, RA Marsh and L Philip
The Future of Methane and Coal to Petrol and Diesel Technologies, AC Vosloo
Wind Energy, L Staudt
Tidal Current Energy: Origins and Challenges, A Owen
Wave Energy, R Alcorn
Bio-Mass, P Champagne
Concentrating Solar Power, R Pitz-Paal
Hydroelectric Power, D Spreng and M Balmer
Geothermal Energy, JL Renner
Solar Energy: Photovoltaics, D Infield
The Pebble Bed Modular Reactor, D Matzner
Fuel Cells and Batteries, J Salminen, D Steingard and T Kallio
Methane Hydrates, E Allison
Nuclear Fusion, L Grisham
Carbon Capture and Storage for Greenhouse Effect Mitigation, D Tondeur and F Teng
Smart Energy Houses of the Future - self supporting in energy and zero emission, R Wing
The Prospects for Electricity and Transport Fuels to 2050, G Dutton and M Page
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