Energy Systems and Sustainability: Power for a Sustainable Future

Paperback | January 3, 2012

EditorBob Everett, Godfrey Boyle, Stephen Peake

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How can we provide clean, safe, sustainable energy supplies for the world despite rising population levels and increasing economic development? Today, energy and sustainability are of primary concern and form the focus of this book and its companion volume, Renewable Energy.Interdisciplinary in its approach and global in its perspective, this book provides a contemporary exploration of the economic, social, environmental, and policy issues raised by current systems of energy use, as well as describing their key physical and engineering features. The historicalevolution of the world's energy systems, the principles underlying their use, and their present status and future prospects are analysed, while emphasizing the important issue of sustainability.Beginning with a survey of basic energy concepts, the book describes the magnitude and patterns of human energy needs at various levels. Focus then turns to an overview of the fossil and nuclear-fuelled energy that, together with hydroelectric power and traditional biofuels, supply most of theworld's commercial energy needs. Sections on economics describes the basic methods by which the monetary costs of energy are calculated, and discuss the issue of 'external' costs of energy production. The concluding chapters consider the sustainabliity problems associated with both fossil andnuclear fuel use, and ways in which they might be ameliorated by various technological and social developments. This is done in the context of a rising use of renewable energy.Extensive coverage of the important concepts and issues underpinning modern energy production and its future prospects.Adopts an interdisciplinary approach making the text readable by engineer and policy maker alike.

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How can we provide clean, safe, sustainable energy supplies for the world despite rising population levels and increasing economic development? Today, energy and sustainability are of primary concern and form the focus of this book and its companion volume, Renewable Energy.Interdisciplinary in its approach and global in its perspectiv...

Godfrey Boyle is professor of renewable energy and director of the Energy and Environment Research Unit in The Open University's Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology. He has chaired the Open University teams that have produced various Open University courses and study packs on renewable and sustainable energy, most recentl...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pagesPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199593744

ISBN - 13:9780199593743

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Table of Contents

1. Introductory Overview2. Primary Energy3. What Do We Use Energy For?4. Forms of Energy5. Coal6. Heat to Motive Power7. Oil and Gas8. Oil and Gas Engines9. Electricity10. Nuclear Power11. The Future of Nuclear Power12. Costing Energy13. Penalties: Assessing the Environmental and Health Impacts of Energy Use14. Remedies: Making Fossil Fuel Use More Sustainable

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"Energy Systems and Sustainability will make a very useful resource for any engineer interested in energy systems for the future, particularly as each chapter is augmented by a substantial list of references that can be used to follow up individual topics in greater depth." --IEE Review. April 2004.