Our Energy Future Resources, Alternatives and the Environment

ISBN-10: 0470116609
ISBN-13: 9780470116609
Edition: 2009
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List price: $90.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 10/6/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.024
Language: English

This title provides a global vision of available and potential energy sources. It discusses their particular advantages and drawbacks, helping to prepare current and future generations to use energy differently and to exploit new energy sources. It is suitable for students, teachers, decision-makers, politicians, and consumers.

We need energy
Generalities
Primary and secondary energy
Energy units
Power
Energy and first law of thermodynamics
Entropy and second law of thermodynamics
Exergy
Going back to the past
Man and energy
Always More!
Why do we need more energy?
The energy sources we use
Security of supply
Environmental concerns
Oil and Natural Gas
Genesis of oil and natural gas
Recovering oil and gas
Peak oil
Reserves
Crude oil reserves
Natural gas reserves
Properties of hydrocarbons
Oil fields
Prices
Consumption
Electricity generation
Impact on the environment
Unconventional oil and gas resources
Oil shale
Tar sands
Coal bed methane
Methane hydrates
Conclusion
Coal
Genesis of coal
Rank of coals
Classification of coals
Peat
Use of coal
Coal Reserves
Production and consumption
Electricity production
Coal combustion for power generation
Advanced pulverized coal combustion
Fluidized bed combustion at atmospheric pressure
Pressurized fluidized bed combustion
Combined heat and power generation
Integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants
Coal to liquid technologies
Direct coal liquefaction
Indirect coal liquefaction
Direct or indirect CTL technology?
Carbon capture and sequestration
Capture
Transport
Sequestration
Cost
Coal pit accidents
Environmental impacts
Conclusion
Fossil Fuels and the Greenhouse Effect
The Greenhouse effect
The Greenhouse Gases
Weather and climate
Natural change of the climate
Anthropogenic emissions
Water and aerosols
Global warming potentials
An increase of the average temperature
Model predictions
Energy and greenhouse gas emissions
Consequences
Other impacts on the ocean
Factor 4
The Kyoto Protocol
Conclusion
Energy from water
Hydropower
Hydropower: an important source of electricity
Dams, diversions
Head and flow
Turbines
Small-scale hydropower
Environmental concerns
Costs
Energy from the ocean
Offshore wind energy
Wave energy
Tidal energy
Marine Current energy
Ocean thermal energy conversion
Osmotic energy
Biomass
Producing biomass
An old energy resource
Electricity production
Technologies
Direct-combustion technologies
Co-firing technologies
Biomass gasification
Anaerobic digestion
Pyrolysis
Heat production
Biomass for cooking
Environmental impact
Market Share
Biofuels
Biofuels, an old story
First generation biofuels
Biofuels for gasoline engines
Biofuels for diesel engines
Second generation biofuels
Third generation biofuels
From Well to wheels
Conclusion
Solar energy
Solar energy: a huge potential
Thermal solar energy
Producing hot water for domestic purposes
Heating, cooling and ventilation using solar energy
The solar cooker
Concentrated solar power plants
Parabolic troughs
Power towers
Parabolic dish collector
Solar chimneys or towers
Photovoltaic systems
A market dominated by silicon
Other photovoltaic technologies
Applications
Electricity storage
Economy and environment
Conclusion
Geothermal energy
Available in many places
Different uses
Technologies
Geothermal energy in the world
Conclusion
Wind energy
Already a long history
From theory to practice
Development of wind power
Off-shore wind turbines
Conclusions
Nuclear energy
Basics Of Nuclear Energy
Atoms and nuclei
Radioactivity
Energy and mass
Fission
Fissile and fertile
Chain reaction
Critical Mass
Nuclear Reactors
Natural Nuclear Reactors- Oklo
Conclusion
Use Of Nuclear Energy
Different technologies
The selection process
Why nuclear energy?
Uranium resources
Fuel cycles
Front end fuel cycle
Back end fuel cycle
Safety
Nuclear waste
Conclusion
Thermonuclear Fusion
Nuclei, concentrated sources of energy
The Sun
Fusion of light nuclei
Difficulties
A bit of history
Thermonuclear fusion in Tokamaks
ITER: a new step towards mastering fusion
About Fuel Reserves
Longer term possibilities
Safety and waste issues
Conclusion
Appendix
Electricity
A rapid development
Energy sources for electricity production
No unique solution
From mechanical energy to the consumer
Impact on the environment
Cost
Conclusion
Energy storage
Electricity Storage
Characteristics of electricity storage
Large quantity storage technologies
Pumped hydroelectric storage
Compressed air energy storage
Thermal energy storage of electricity
Electrochemical batteries
Primary batteries
Metal-air batteries
Rechargeable batteries
Lead batteries
NiCd batteries
The NIMH battery
Li-ion batteries
Flow batteries
Sodium-sulphur battery
Conclusion
Supercapacitors
Flywheels
Thermal Energy Storage
Basic heat storage
Sensible heat storage
Phase change materials
Thermochemical and thermophysical energy storage
Applications of thermal energy storage
Underground energy storage
Conclusion
Transportation
A short history of transportation
Road transportation
Energy and transportation
Road Transportation
Ship transportation
Air transport
Car dynamics
Fuels for road transportation
CO2 Emissions
Hybrid vehicles
Electric vehicles
Conclusion
Housing
Importance of housing
Towards more efficient housing
Different regions, different solutions
Bioclimatic architecture
Insulation
Glazing
Lighting
Ventilation
Water
Energy use in a household
Heat pumps
Impact on the environment
Conclusion
Smart energy consumption
Housing
Improving the way we consume energy
Cogeneration
Standby consumption
Lighting
Transportation
Technology
Individuals
Conclusion
Hydrogen
From Production To Distribution
Properties
Production
Vaporeforming
Partial oxidation
Autothermal reforming
Coal gasification
Producing hydrogen in situ
Electrolysis of water
Thermochemical cycles
From biomass
Using enzymes
Photolysis
Storage
Storage of compressed hydrogen gas
Storage of liquid hydrogen
Storage in metal hydrides
Carbon nanotubes
Other possibilities
Hydrogen transport and distribution
Transports
Distribution
Conclusion
Hydrogen: Energetic Applications
Fundamentals of fuel cells
Different fuel cells
Alkaline fuel cell (AFC
Proton electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC
Phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC
Molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC
Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC
Direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC
Open issues
Transportation
Hydrogen and fuel cells
Ship and submarines
SOFC and transportation
Direct use of hydrogen
Road transport
Planes
Ships
Combined heat and power
Hydrogen and portable devices
Hydrogen safety
Conclusion
Conclusion
Exercises
Bibliography

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