Power Generation Technologies

ISBN-10: 0750663138
ISBN-13: 9780750663137
Edition: 2005
Authors: Paul Breeze
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Description: This book makes intelligible the wide range of electricity generating technologies available today, as well as some closely allied technologies such as energy storage. The book opens by setting the many power generation technologies in the context  More...

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List price: $76.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 4/11/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

This book makes intelligible the wide range of electricity generating technologies available today, as well as some closely allied technologies such as energy storage. The book opens by setting the many power generation technologies in the context of global energy consumption, the development of the electricity generation industry and the economics involved in this sector. A series of chapters are each devoted to assessing the environmental and economic impact of a single technology, including conventional technologies, nuclear and renewable (such as solar, wind and hydropower). The technologies are presented in an easily digestible form. Different power generation technologies have different greenhouse gas emissions and the link between greenhouse gases and global warming is a highly topical environmental and political issue. With developed nations worldwide looking to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide, it is becoming increasingly important to explore the effectiveness of a mix of energy generation technologies. "Power Generation Technologies gives a clear, unbiased review and comparison of the different types of power generation technologies available. In the light of the Kyoto protocol and OSPAR updates, "Power Generation Technologies will provide an invaluable reference text for power generation planners, facility managers, consultants, policy makers and economists, as well as students and lecturers of related Engineering courses. Provides a unique comparison of a wide range of power generation technologies conventional, nuclear and renewable Describes the workings and environmental impact of each technology Evaluates the economic viability of eachdifferent power generation system

List of figures
List of tables
Introduction to electricity generation
History of the electricity generation industry
The evolution of electricity generation technologies
The politics of electricity
The size of the industry
Environmental considerations
The evolution of environmental awareness
The environmental effects of power generation
The hydrogen economy
Externalities
Life-cycle assessment
The bottom line
Coal-fired power plants
Types of coal
Traditional coal-burning power plant technology
Emission control for traditional coal-burning plants
Advanced coal-burning power plant technology
Environmental effects of coal combustion
Financial risks associated with coal-fired power generation
The cost of coal-fired electricity generation
Gas turbines and combined cycle power plants
Natural gas
Gas turbine technology
Advanced gas turbine design
Distributed generation
Combined cycle power plants
Micro turbines
Environmental impact of gas turbines
Financial risks associated with gas-turbine-based power projects
The cost of gas turbine power stations
Combined heat and power
History
Applications
CHP technology
Environmental considerations
Energy efficiency
Financial risks
Cost of CHP
Piston-engine-based power plants
Piston engine technology
Co-generation
Combined cycle
Environmental considerations
Financial risks
Costs
Fuel cells
The fuel cell principle
Fuel cell chemistry
Types of fuel cell
Phosphoric acid fuel cell
Proton-exchange membrane fuel cell
Molten carbonate fuel cells
Solid oxide fuel cells
Environmental considerations
Financial risks
Fuel cell costs
Hydropower
The hydropower resource
Hydro sites
Dams and barrages
Turbines
Small hydropower
The environment
Financial risks
The cost of hydropower
Tidal power
Tidal motion
The tidal resource
Tidal technology
Environmental considerations
Financial risks
The cost of tidal power
Storage technologies
Types of energy storage
Pumped storage hydropower
Compressed air energy storage
Large-scale batteries
Superconducting magnetic energy storage
Flywheels
Capacitors
Hydrogen
Environmental considerations
Costs
Wind power
Wind sites
Wind turbines
Offshore wind technology
Constraints on wind capacity
Environmental considerations
Financial risks
The cost of wind power
Geothermal power
The geothermal resource
Geothermal energy conversion technology
Environmental considerations
Financial risks
The cost of geothermal power
Solar power
The solar energy resource
Sites for solar power generation
Solar technology
Solar thermal power generation
Photovoltaic devices
Solar cell deployment
Environmental considerations
Financial risks
The cost of solar power
Ocean power
Ocean energy resource
Ocean thermal energy conversion
Wave energy
Ocean current generation
Biomass-based power generation
Types of biomass
Biomass energy conversion technology
Environmental considerations
Financial risks
The cost of biomass generated power
Power from waste
Landfill waste disposal
Waste sources
Waste composition
Waste collection
Waste power generation technologies
Environmental considerations
Financial risks
The cost of energy from waste
Nuclear power
Fundamentals of nuclear power
Nuclear reactors
Nuclear fusion
Environmental considerations
Financial risks associated with investing in nuclear power
The cost of nuclear power
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