Energy for Sustainability Technology, Planning, Policy

ISBN-10: 1597261033
ISBN-13: 9781597261036
Edition: 2nd 2008
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Description: Energy for Sustainabilityis the first undergraduate textbook on renewable energy and energy efficiency with a unique focus on the community scale. Written by two of the foremost experts in the field, it is a pedagogically complete treatment of  More...

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Book details

List price: $120.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 6/30/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 816
Size: 8.56" wide x 10.30" long x 2.27" tall
Weight: 5.258
Language: English

Energy for Sustainabilityis the first undergraduate textbook on renewable energy and energy efficiency with a unique focus on the community scale. Written by two of the foremost experts in the field, it is a pedagogically complete treatment of energy sources and uses. It examines the full range of issues—from generating technologies to land use planning—in making the transition to sustainable energy. nbsp; The book begins by providing a historical perspective on energy use by human civilizations and then covers energy fundamentals and trends; buildings and energy; sustainable electricity; sustainable transportation and land use; and energy policy and planning. Included in these topical areas are in-depth discussions of all of the most promising sources of renewable energy, including solar photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, and biofuels. In addition, the authors offer a thorough presentation of “green” building design, the impact of land use and transportation patterns on energy use, and the policies needed to transform energy markets at the local, state, and national levels. Throughout, the authors first provide the necessary theory and then demonstrate how it can be applied, utilizing cutting-edge practices and technologies, and the most current available data. nbsp; Since the dawn of the industrial age, the explosive growth in economic productivity has been fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas. World energy use nearly doubled between 1975 and 2005. China’s energy use has been doubling every decade. The implications for the environment are staggering. One way or another, our reliance on fossil fuels will have to end.Energy for Sustainabilityevaluates the alternatives and helps students understand how, with good planning and policy decisions, renewable energy and efficiency can support world demands at costs we can afford—economically, environmentally, and socially. nbsp;

GILBERT M. MASTERS received his PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University and has taught courses there for the past twenty-five years on energy and the environment, with an emphasis on efficiency and renewables. He is currently Professor (Emeritus) of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and the author of several books on environmental engineering.

Energy Patterns and Trends
The Energy Imperative and Patterns of Use
Energy Sources and Sustainability
Energy Futures
Energy Fundamentals
Fundamentals of Energy Science
Energy Analysis and Life-Cycle Assessment
Buildings and Energy
Energy Efficiency for Buildings
Solar Energy for Buildings
From Whole Building to Whole Community Energy
Sustainable Electricity
Centralized Electric Power Systems
Distributed Energy Resources
Photovoltaic Systems
Large-Scale Renewables: Wind and Solar
Sustainable Transportation and Land Use
Transportation Energy and Efficient Vehicles
Biofuels, Biomass, and Other Alternative Fuels
Whole Community Energy and Land Use
Energy Policy and Planning
Market Transformation to Sustainable Energy
Energy Policy
U.S. State and Community Energy Policy and Planning
References and Further Reading
Index

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