Future Energy: Improved, Sustainable and Clean Options for Our Planet, Third 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 necessary for sustaining development and dealing with climate change. The third 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 40 chapters on all aspects of future energy, with each chapter updated and expanded by expert scientists and engineers in their respective fields.
- Provides readers with an up-to-date overview of available energy options, both traditional and renewable, as well as the necessary tools needed to make informed decisions
- Covers a wide spectrum of future energy resources presented in a single book with chapters written by experts from each particular field
- Includes many new chapters that cover topics on conventional oil and fossil fuels, a new section on energy storage, and a look at new energy
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Part I Introduction 1. Introduction with a Focus on Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change
Part II FOSSIL FUELS (ENERGY SOURCES) 2. Coal: Past, Present and Future Sustainable Use 3. Unconventional Oil and Gas: Oilsands 4. Shale Gas, Tight Oil, Shale Oil and Hydraulic Fracturing 5. Coal bed Methane: Reserves, Production, and Future Outlook 6. Natural Gas Hydrates: Status of Potential as an Energy Resource
Part III NUCLEAR POWER (ENERGY SOURCES) 7. Nuclear Fission- new Generation Reactors 8. Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
Part IV TRANSPORT ENERGY (ENERGY SOURCES) 9. Biofuels for Transport 10. Transport Fuel: Biomass-, coal-, gas- and waste-to-liquids processes 11. The Electric Vehicle Revolution
Part V ENERGY STORAGE 12. The use of Batteries in Storing Electricity 13. The use of Flow Batteries in Storing Electricity for National Grids 14. Compressed Air Energy Storage
Part VI RENEWABLES (ENERGY SOURCES) 15. Hydroelectric Power 16. Wind Energy 17. Tidal Current Energy: Origins and challenges 18. Solar Energy
Photovoltaics, including new technologies (thin film) and a discussion on panel efficiency 19. Concentrating Solar Power 20. Geothermal Energy 21. Energy from Biomass
Part VII NEW POSSIBLE ENERGY OPTIONS 22. Hydrogen: An Energy Carrier 23. Fuel Cells: Energy Conversion Technology 24. Space Solar 25. Nuclear Fusion 26. Synthetic Fuel Development
Part VIII ENVIRONMENTAL AND RELATED ISSUES 27. Energy and the Environment 28. Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies
Part IX THE CURRENT SITUATION AND THE TRANSITION TO THE FUTURE 29. The Life Cycle Assessment of various Energy Technologies 30. Integration of high penetrations of intermittent renewable generation in future electricity networks, using storage 31. Carbon Capture and Storage 32. Energy Options and Predictions for China 33. Metals and Elements needed to support Future Energy 34. A Global Overview of Future Energy
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).