Energy and Climate Change Creating a Sustainable Future

ISBN-10: 0470853131

ISBN-13: 9780470853139

Edition: 2008

Authors: David Coley
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List price: $70.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/9/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Energy: concepts, history and problems
Energy.
What is energy?
Units
Power
Energy in various disguises
Energy quality and exergy
Student exercises
The planet�s energy balance.
The sun
The earth
Comparisons
Student exercises
A history of humankind�s use of energy.
Energy and society
Wealth, urbanization and conflict
Our current level of energy use
Student exercises
Sustainability, climate change and the global environment.
Sustainability
Climate change
Other concerns
Debating climate change and answering the sceptics
Student exercises
Economics and the environment
Key concepts
Environmental economics
Student exercises
Combustion, inescapable inefficiencies and the generation of electricity.
Combustion
Calorific values
Inescapable inefficiencies
Heat pumps
Double Carnot efficiencies
The generation of electricity from heat
Student exercises
� Unsustainable energy technologies.
Coal.
History
Extraction
The combustion of coal
Technologies for use
Example applications
Global resource
Student exercises
Oil
Extraction
The combustion of oil
Technologies for use
Example application: the motor car
Global resource
Student exercises
Gas.
Extraction
The combustion of gas
Technologies for use
Example application: the domestic boiler
Global resource
Student exercises
Non-conventional hydrocarbons.
Oil shale
Tar sands
Methane hydrate
Student exercises
Nuclear power.
Physical basis
Technologies for use
Environmental concerns
Waste
World resource
Example applications
Is nuclear power the solution to global warming?
Student exercises
Hydropower.
History
Technologies for use
Example application: Itaipu hydroelectric station
Environmental impacts
Pumped storage
Global resource
Student exercises
Transport and air quality.
Present day problems
Air quality and health
Example application: air quality in Exeter, UK
Student exercises
Figures and philosophy: an analysis of a nation�s energy supply.
The economy
Production
Consumption
Oil and gas production
Prices
Fuel poverty
Carbon emissions
Sustainable energy in the UK: the current state of play
Student exercises
� Climate change: predictions and policies.
Future world energy use and carbon emissions.
The world's future use of energy
Student exercises
The impact of a warmer world.
Climate models
Natural variability and model reliability
Future climate change
Impacts
Costing the impact
Student exercises
Politics in the greenhouse: contracting and converging.
Climate negotiations
Another approach
Bringing it all together
Conclusion
Student exercises
� Sustainable energy technologies
Current world sustainable energy provision
Energy efficiency.
Cogeneration
Reducing energy losses
Energy recovery
Energy efficiency in buildings
Student exercises
Solar power.
Passive solar heating
Heat pumps
Solar water heating
Low temperature solar water heating
Example application: solar water heating, Phoenix Federal Correction Institution, USA
High temperature solar power
Low temperature water-based thermal energy conversion
OECD resource
Student exercises
Photovoltaics.
History
Basic principles
Technologies for use
Electrical characteristics
Roof-top PV
Example application: Doxford Solar Office, UK
OECD resource
Student exercises
Wind power.
History
Technologies for use
The modern horizontal axis wind turbine
Environmental impacts
OECD resource
Example application: Har�y Island Wind Farm, Sand�y, Norway
Student exercises
Wave power.
Wave characteristics
Technologies for use
Example application: the Pelamis P-750 wave energy converter
Student exercises
Tidal and small-scale hydropower.
Tides
Small-scale hydropower
OECD resource
Student exercises
Biomass.
History
Basic principles
Technologies for use
Example application: anaerobic digester, Walford College Farm, UK
Global resource
OECD resource
Student exercises
Geothermal.
Background
History
Resource and technology
Technologies for use
Environmental problems
World resource
OECD resource
Example application: Hacchobaru geothermal power station, Kokonoe-machi, Japan
Student exercises
Fast breeders and fusion.
Fast breeder reactors
Fusion
Example application: JET Torus, Culham, UK
Student exercises
Alternative transport futures and the hydrogen economy.
Improving energy efficiency
Alternative transport fuels and engines
Hydrogen powered vehicles and the hydrogen economy
Fuel cells
Example application: the greening of natural gas
Student exercises
Carbon sequestration and climate engineering.
Capture technologies
Storage technologies
The reflection of solar radiation
Example application: Statoil, Sleipner West gas field, North Sea
Student exercises
A sustainable, low carbon future?
Methodology and assumptions
Results
Worldwide reductions
Conclusion
What can I do?
Student exercises
References.
National energy data.
Answers to in-text problems.
Bibliography and suggested reading.
Useful data.
Index.
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