Future Energy. Edition No. 2

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  • 738 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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As the demand for global energy increases, fact-based evaluations of alternative energy sources are needed in order to address the growing interest in how energy is produced, provided, and transported in sustainable ways. Future Energy, Second Edition provides scientists and decision makers with the knowledge they need to understand the relative importance and magnitude of various energy production methods in order to make the energy decisions needed for sustaining development and dealing with climate change. The second edition of Future Energy looks at the present energy situation and extrapolates to future scenarios related to global warming and the increase of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This thoroughly revised and updated edition contains over 30 chapters on all aspects of future energy, each chapter updated and expanded by expert scientists and engineers in their respective fields providing an unbiased and balanced view of the future of energy.

- Provides readers with an up-to-date overview of available energy options, both traditional and renewable, as well as the necessary tools to make informed decisions regarding selection, use, and environmental impacts.- Covers a wide spectrum of future energy resources presented in a single book with chapters written by experts of the particular field- Eleven new chapters including chapters on: solar heating, energy resources in developing nations and frontiers in oil and gas, Arctic drilling and unconventional oil and gas sources, thorium in nuclear fission, ethanol and other options for future transport fuel, fracking, smart grids, new batteries, environmental issues and the energy options for China

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Chapter 1 Introduction with a Focus on Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change
Chapter 2 Conventional Oil and Gas
Chapter 3 Coal Extraction and use in Power Generation
Chapter 4 Frontier Oil and Gas: Deepwater, Arctic
Chapter 5 Unconventional Oil and Gas: Oilsands
Chapter 6 Unconventional Oil and Gas: Oil Shales and Fracking
Chapter 7 Coal-bed Methane
Chapter 8 Methane Hydrates
Chapter 9 Nuclear Fission and the new Thorium process
Chapter 10 Nuclear Fusion
Chapter 11 Transport Fuel: Ethanol and Biofuels
Chapter 12 Transport Fuel: Biomass-, Coal-, Gas- and Waste-to-Liquids Processes
Chapter 13 Transport Fuel: LNG and Methane
Chapter 14 Transport Energy
Batteries
Chapter 15 Wind Energy
Chapter 16 Tidal Energy
Chapter 17 Wave Energy
Chapter 18 Solar  Energy
Photovoltaics
Chapter 19 Solar Energy
Concentrated Solar Thermal Power
Chapter 20 Solar Energy
Water Heating
Chapter 21 Hydro-Electric Power
Chapter 22 Geothermal Energy
Chapter 23 Hydrogen: An Energy Carrier
Chapter 24 Fuel Cells: Energy Conversion Technology
Chapter 25 Environmental Impacts of Energy Production, Distribution and Transport
Chapter 26 CO2 Capture and Sequestration (CCS)
Chapter 27 Energy Storage (Hydrogen storage, pumping water, phase changes, etc.)
Chapter 28 Energy Efficiency, Conservation, Energy Saving Devices, and the Smart Grid
Chapter 29 Energy Resources in Developing Nations
Chapter 30 The Transition to Future Energy
Chapter 31 Energy Options and Predictions for China
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Letcher, Trevor M.
Trevor M Letcher is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a past Director of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics and his research involves the thermodynamics of liquid mixtures and energy from landfill. He was awarded the South African Chemical Institute's Gold medal in 1999 and in 2000 he was awarded the South African Gold medal by the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 250 papers in peer review journals and has edited, co-edited and written eleven books in his research and related fields. His latest books include Unraveling Environmental Disasters (2012), Materials for a Sustainable Future (2012), Waste (2011), Heat Capacities (2010), Climate Change (2009) and Future Energy (2008).

His leisure activities involve regular hikes with the Mendip Ramblers, woodwork (long case clocks) and wood turning, gardening at home and on his allotment, theatre, reading and playing golf.

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