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Jeffs E. Greener Energy Systems: Energy Production Technologies with Minimum Environmental Impact

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Jeffs E. Greener Energy Systems: Energy Production Technologies with Minimum Environmental Impact
CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2012. 240 p. 80 Illustrations. - ISBN-13: 978-1-4398-9905-2 (eBook - PDF).
Features
Explains the state of development of electric trains and cars
Considers the potential for the wider application of nuclear energy
Discusses current energy technologies and how present systems can be developed to sustain our lifestyle
Looks at energy production risks and how major accidents have affected the way we produce fuel and energy today
Details how a greener electricity supply system with very low environmental impact could be constructed to meet growing demand
Examines the current state of renewable systems
Includes numerous color photographs and figures
Summary
Recent years have seen acceleration in the development of cleaner energy systems. In Europe and North America, many old coal-fired power plants will be shut down in the next few years and will likely be replaced by combined cycle plants with higher-efficiency gas turbines that can start up and load quickly. With the revival of nuclear energy, designers are creating smaller nuclear reactors of a simpler integrated design that could expand the application of clean, emission-free energy to industry. And a number of manufacturers now offer hybrid cars with an electric motor and a gasoline engine to charge the batteries on the move. This would seem to be the way forward in reducing transport emissions, until countries develop stronger electricity supply systems to cope with millions of electric cars being charged daily.
Greener Energy Systems: Energy Production Technologies with Minimum Environmental Impacttackles the question of how to generate enough electricity, efficiently and with minimum environmental impact, to meet future energy needs across the world. Supplemented with extensive figures and color photographs, this book:
Traces the development of electricity supply
Explains energy production risks and how major accidents have influenced development
Discusses the combined cycle, the preferred system for power capacity expansion in much of the world
Looks at combined heat and power
Addresses whether coal can continue to be a fuel for power generation
Examines nuclear power generation
Asks why shipping has not followed some of the world's navies into nuclear propulsion
Considers how to electrify more transport systems
Reviews the current state of renewable systems, particularly hydro and solar
The book defines the key elements of greener energy systems, noting that they must be highly efficient, with rapid start up and loading; produce minimum emissions; and use simpler technology. The author has more than forty years of experience as an international journalist reporting on power-generation technologies and energy policies around the world. He concludes that there is no place for coal and that combined cycle, hydro, solar, and biomass must complement nuclear energy, which must serve more applications than just generating electricity.
Table of Contents
Present Energy Demand
Energy Production Risks
Combined Cycles
Combined Heat and Power
What Future for Coal?
Nuclear Energy Plans
Why Not Nuclear Merchant Ships?
Electricity in Transport
The Fallacy of Renewables
What Is the Future of Electricity?
Index
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