Energy Demand and Climate Change Issues and Resolutions

ISBN-10: 3527324461
ISBN-13: 9783527324460
Edition: 2009
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 267
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

This scientifically sound, yet easily readable book provides the fundamentals necessary to understand today's energy and climate problems and provides possible answers based on current technology such as solar, water and geothermal power. Moreover, it introduces the reader to new concepts that are already or may soon be realized, such as nuclear fusion or a hydrogen-based economy. Aimed at a wide readership ranging from educated laypeople and students to practitioners in engineering and environmental science.

Professor Franklin Hadley Cocks has taught energy, technology, and climate-related courses for decades at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, where he has served twice as Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. He received al of his degrees from MIT, was a Fulbright Fellow at Imperial college, London, holds more than 20 U.S. patents and has published numerous professional papers on topics ranging from cryobiology and lithotripsy to solar cells and lunar geology. Early in his career, he developed the silicon ribbon crystal growth method now used to produce solar cells on an industrial scale. His metal-foaming payload was flown successfully on the Columbia space shuttle in 1991, and he has served as a consultant to Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy.

Acknowledgements
Prologue
Questions
Introduction
Recommended Reading
Ancient Days and Modern Times
Recommended Reading
Ice-Ages-Past and Future
The Discovery of Ice Ages
The Heat Balance of the Earth
The Sun and Its Spots
Earth's Orbit
The Discovery of Elliptical Orbits
Precession
Nutation (Wobble)
Volcanic Dust
The Cyclical Nature of Ice Ages
The Croll-Milanković Theory of Ice Ages
Recommended Reading
Global Warming Versus Returning Glaciers
Infrared Radiation and Absolute Temperature
Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming: Fourier, Tyndall, and Arrhenius
CO2 and Methane
The Big Picture
Recommended Reading
Earth's Fossil Fuel Supply
Limits of Fossil Fuels
Coal
Natural Gas
Hydrated Natural Gas
Oil
Sequestration of CO2
CO2 Level Calculations
The Unending Carbon Cycle
Recommended Reading
Nuclear Power
Origin of Fuel for Nuclear Fission
The Energy in Nuclear Fuel
Nuclear Energy
Isotopes
Limits of Nuclear Fuel
The Basics of Nuclear Fission
Evolution of Nuclear Reactors
Present-day Nuclear Reactors and Power Plants
Used Fuel Rods
Radiation, Radioactivity, and Health
Natural Radiation and Radioactive Waste
Disposal and Storage of Nuclear Waste
Recommended Reading
Answers
Introduction
Solar Energy
Using Solar Energy
Development of Solar Cells
How Solar Cells Work
Multiple-layer Solar Cells
Solar Concentrators and Solar Thermal Systems
Solar Ponds
Solar-powered Air Conditioning
Solar Updraft Towers
Solar Power Towers
Other Thoughts and Possibilities
Recommended Reading
Wind, Waves, and Tides
Wind
Characteristics and Limits of Wind Machines
Tides
Newton, the Moon, and the Tides
Harnessing Tidal Power
Usable Tidal Energy
Tidal Currents
Waves
Recommended Reading
Going with the Flow: Water, Dams, and Hydropower
Basics of Hydroelectric Power
Water Turbines
Hydropower Problems
Hydropower Schemes
Dam-less Hydropower: Evaporation Schemes
Dam-less Hydropower: Flowing Water
Recommended Reading
Geothermal Energy: Energy from the Earth Itself
Geothermal Energy
The Structure of the Earth
Carnot's Unbreachable Thermodynamic Limit
Using Water and Soil in Heating and Cooling Systems
Recommended Reading
Efficiency, Conservation, and Hybrid Cars
Efficiency of Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Power Plants
Cars, Trucks, Trains, Ships, and Planes
Conservation
Recommended Reading
Energy Storage: Macro to Micro
Pumped Hydropower
Compressed Air
Batteries
Flywheels
Capacitors and Dielectrics
Inductors: Storing Energy with Magnetic Fields
Recommended Reading
Green Fuel: Biodiesel, Alcohol, and Biomass
Biodiesel
Recommended Reading
Dreams
Introduction
Breeding Nuclear Fuel
Fast Breeder Reactors
Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project
Thermal Breeder Reactors
Breeder Technology Today and Tomorrow
Recommended Reading
Nuclear Fusion: Engine of the Sun
Cold Fusion versus Cool Fusion versus Hot Fusion
Making Fusion Happen
ITER, Tokamaks, Magnetic Fields, and Fusion
The Combined Fusion-Breeding-Fission Process
Inertial Confinement Fusion
Accelerator Fusion
Fusion of Helium-3 and Deuterium
Lunar Resources of Helium-3
Recommended Reading
Power from the Ocean: Thermal and Salinity Gradients
Electric Power from Ocean Thermal Gradients
Electric Power from Ocean Salinity Gradients
Recommended Reading
Fuel Cells: Hydrogen, Alcohol, and Coal
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen
Fuel Cell Efficiency
Fuel Cells and Cars
Storing Hydrogen
Producing Hydrogen
Technologies for Hydrogen Production
Fuel Cells and Coal
Fuel Cells and Alcohol
What Happens Now?
Recommended Reading
Magnetohydrodynamics and Power Plants
Faraday Induction and the Hall Effect
Benefits of MHD Power Generation
Recommended Reading
Thermionics and the Single Fuel Home
How a Thermionic Converter Works
Engineering Thermionic Systems
Recommended Reading
Artificial Photosynthesis and Water Splitting
Plant Chemistry
Artificial Photosynthesis and Water Splitting
Recommended Reading
Planetary Engineering and Terraforming
Changing Earth's Albedo: Atmospheric Aerosols
Tinkering with Planet Earth
Parasols, Artificial Sunspots, Space Mirrors, Solar Sails, and Space Dust
White Roads, Reflecting Roofs, and Shiny Balloons
Back to Clouds Again
Feeding Algae
Terraforming Mars (and Maybe Venus)
What Can Be Done?
Recommended Reading
Space Solar Power: Energy and the Final Frontier
Lagrange and His Famous Points
Geosynchronous Orbits and Solar Sails
Beamed-power Microwave Transmission
Space Elevators
Electromagnetic Launching
Recommended Reading
Nightmares
Introduction
Alternative Futures
Epilogue: ORBITuary
Credits
Units for Energy and Power
Radiation Units
Index

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