Energy... beyond oil

Hardcover | November 1, 2007

EditorFraser Armstrong, Katherine Blundell

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As the Earth's oil supply runs out, and the effects of climate change threaten nations and their populations, the search for carbon-neutral sources of energy becomes more important and increasingly urgent. This book focuses on solutions to the energy problem, and not just the problem itself.It describes the major energy-generation technologies currently under development, and provides an authoritative summary of the current status of each one. It stresses the need for a balanced portfolio of alternative energy technologies. Certain solutions will be more appropriate than others inparticular locations, due to the differences in availability of natural resources such as solar, wind, wave, tidal and geothermal. In addition, nuclear options (both fission and fusion), as well as technologies such as fuel cells, photovoltaics, artificial photosynthesis and hydrogen (as an energycarrier), all have a potential role to play. A state-of-the-art critique of energy efficiency in building design is also included. Each chapter is written by an acknowledged international expert and provides a non-technical overview of the competing and complementary approaches to energygeneration. Broad in scope and comprehensive in treatment, Energy..beyond Oil provides an authoritative synthesis of the scientific and technological issues which are essential to the survival of the human race in the near future. The book will be of interest and use to graduate students and researchers in allareas of energy studies, and will also be highly useful for policy-makers and professionals in the environmental sector as well as a more general readership who wish to learn more about this extremely topical subject.

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As the Earth's oil supply runs out, and the effects of climate change threaten nations and their populations, the search for carbon-neutral sources of energy becomes more important and increasingly urgent. This book focuses on solutions to the energy problem, and not just the problem itself.It describes the major energy-generation tec...

Dr Katherine Blundell is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Reader in Physics at Oxford University and a Science Research Fellow at St John's College, Oxford. Her interests include extreme energy phenomena in the Universe, for example around black holes. She is frequently invited to speak at conferences and different ins...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:November 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199209960

ISBN - 13:9780199209965

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1. Armstrong, Blundell and Fells: Energy.. beyond Oil: a global perspective2. Vincent: Arresting Carbon Dioxide Emissions: why and how?3. Batchelor and Curtis: Geothermal Energy4. Mlllar: Wave and Tidal Power5. Leithead: Wind Energy6. Ion: Nuclear Fission7. Llewellyn Smith and Ward: Fusion Energy8. Gratzel: Photovoltaic and Photoelectrochemical Conversion of Solar Energy9. Barber: Biological Solar Energy10. Edwards, Kuznetsov and David: Sustainable Hydrogen Energy11. Jollie: Fuel Cells12. Dell and Egger: Energy Efficiency in the Design of Buildings13. Meadowcroft: Governing the Transition to a New Energy Economy14. May: Summary