Alternative Energy Facts, Statistics and Issues

ISBN-10: 1573562483
ISBN-13: 9781573562485
Edition: 2001
Authors: Paula Berinstein
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List price: $72.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 6/30/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Rising gas and utility prices, to say nothing of growing concerns about global warming, are fueling increased interest in alternative energy. Finding comprehensive information on this popular topic can be tough. Written for the layperson, this book is a one-stop source of information about alternative energy forms, in a world that needs it more than ever. Environmentally conscious individuals will find the most up-to-date information in this new annual summary. Important facts about companies and universities conducting research in alternative energy areas, government research subsidies, statistics on global use of alternative energy systems, and production of ethanol and hybrid fuels are included. Cost comparisons and a valuable appendix with sources for further study complete this encompassing energy reference. This book features an overview of new techniques and advancements in the efficiency of various types of alternative energy sources such as: BL Biomass Energy BL Fusion Power BL Geothermal Energy BL Hybrid Systems BL Hydroelectric Power BL Hydrogen Fuel Cells BL Photo-voltaic Cells BL Solar Energy BL Wind A current assessment of the state of conventional energy sources and fossil fuels, the depressed state of the nuclear power industry, and world energy costs are included in the introductory section.

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Energy Overview
Background and Context
A Brief Energy Primer
Energy History
Energy Timeline
Overview of Alternative Energy
The Electric Power Industry
Restructuring
Power Plant Technology and Operation
Environmental Considerations
Environmental Legislation and Regulation
Conventional Energy
Coal
Oil
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Hydroelectric
Alternative Energy
Economics of Renewable Energy
Background
The Economics of Renewables
General Developments in Alternative and Renewable Energy 1999 and 2000--Summary
General Developments in Alternative and Renewable Energy 1999 and 2000--Detail
Statistics
Solar Energy
Solar Energy at a Glance
Solar Photovoltaic
Developments 1999 and 2000--Summary
Developments 1999 and 2000--Detail
Statistics
Solar Thermal
Biomass Energy
Biomass Energy at a Glance
Overview
Types of Biomass
Equipment and Processes
Environmental Considerations
Economics
Legislation and Regulation
Developments 1999 and 2000--Summary
Developments 1999 and 2000--Detail
Statistics
Wind Energy
Wind Energy at a Glance
Overview
Equipment
Environmental Considerations
Research
Economics
Other Wind Energy Developments
Developments 1999 and 2000--Summary
Developments 1999 and 2000--Detail
Statistics
Ocean Energy
Overview
Ocean Thermal
Tidal Power
Wave Power
Developments 1999 and 2000--Summary
Developments 1999 and 2000--Detail
Fusion Energy
Overview
Research
Fusion Methods
Developments 1999 and 2000--Summary
Developments 1999 and 2000--Detail
Statistics
Geothermal Energy
Geothermal Energy at a Glance
Overview
Types of Geothermal Resources
Direct Use Applications
Equipment and Processes
Environmental Considerations
Economics
Developments 1999 and 2000--Summary
Developments 1999 and 2000--Detail
Hydrogen Energy
Overview
Hydrogen Production
Environmental Considerations
Developments 1999 and 2000--Summary
Developments 1999 and 2000--Detail
Other Energy Issues
Energy Storage
Overview
Pumped Hydropower and Compressed Air Storage
Flywheels
Superconducting Magnets
Supercapacitors and Ultracapacitors
Batteries
Developments 1999 and 2000--Summary
Developments 1999 and 2000--Detail
Statistics
Transportation
Overview
Alternative Transportation Technologies
Alternative Fuels
Environmental Considerations
Incentives, Mandates, and Regulations
Developments 1999 and 2000--Summary
Developments 1999 and 2000--Detail
Statistics
Fuel Cells
Overview
Developments 1999 and 2000--Summary
Developments 1999 and 2000--Detail
Energy Efficiency, Buildings, Lighting, and Appliances
Energy Efficiency
Buildings
Lighting
Appliances
Developments 1999 and 2000--Summary
Developments 1999 and 2000--Detail
Exotic and Unusual Sources of Energy
Overview
Space Solar Power
Conclusion
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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