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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
2nd Edition. — Elsevier Ltd., 2014. XXII, 716 p. — ISBN: 978-0-08-099424-6.
Key Features
Provides readers with an up-to-date overview of available energy options, both traditional and renewable, as well as the necessary tools to make informed decisions regarding selection, use, and environmental impacts.
Covers a wide spectrum of future energy resources presented in a single book with chapters written by experts of the particular field
Eleven new chapters including chapters on: solar heating, energy resources in developing nations and frontiers in oil and gas, Arctic drilling and unconventional oil and gas sources, thorium in nuclear fission, ethanol and other options for future transport fuel, fracking, smart grids, new batteries, environmental issues and the energy options for China
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.
Students, professionals and researchers in energy engineering and the energy industry, as well as policymakers in government
Table of Contents
Introduction with a Focus on Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change
Conventional Oil and Gas
Coal Extraction and use in Power Generation
Frontier Oil and Gas: Deepwater, Arctic
Unconventional Oil and Gas: Oilsands
Unconventional Oil and Gas: Oil Shales and Fracking
Coal-bed Methane
Methane Hydrates
Nuclear Fission and the new Thorium process
Nuclear Fusion
Transport Fuel: Ethanol and Biofuels
Transport Fuel: Biomass-, Coal-, Gas- and Waste-to-Liquids Processes
Transport Fuel: LNG and Methane
Transport Energy - Batteries
Wind Energy
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Solar Energy - Photovoltaics
Solar Energy - Concentrated Solar Thermal Power
Solar Energy - Water Heating
Hydro-Electric Power
Geothermal Energy
Hydrogen: An Energy Carrier
Fuel Cells: Energy Conversion Technology
Environmental Impacts of Energy Production, Distribution and Transport
CO2 Capture and Sequestration (CCS)
Energy Storage (Hydrogen storage, pumping water, phase changes, etc.)
Energy Efficiency, Conservation, Energy Saving Devices, and the Smart Grid
Energy Resources in Developing Nations
The Transition to Future Energy
Energy Options and Predictions for China
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