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Future Energy

Improved, Sustainable and Clean Options for our Planet

Future Energy will allow us to make reasonable, logical and correct decisions on our future energy as a result of two of the most serious problems that the civilized world has to face; the looming shortage of oil (which supplies most of our transport fuel) and the alarming rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide over the past 50 years (resulting from the burning of oil, gas and coal and the loss of forests) that threatens to change the world’s climate through global warming. Future Energy focuses on all the types of energy available to us, taking into account a future involving a reduction in oil and gas production and the rapidly increasing amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. It is unique in the genre of books of similar title in that each chapter has been written by a scientist or engineer who is an expert in his or her field. The book is divided into four sections: • Traditional Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Energy • Renewable Energy • Potentially Important New Types of Energy • New Aspects to Future Energy UsageEach chapter highlights the basic theory and implementation, scope, problems and costs associated with a particular type of energy. The traditional fuels are included because they will be with us for decades to come - but, we hope, in a cleaner form. The renewable energy types includes wind power, wave power, tidal energy, two forms of solar energy, bio-mass, hydroelectricity, geothermal and the hydrogen economy. Potentially important new types of energy include: pebble bed nuclear reactors, nuclear fusion, methane hydrates and recent developments in fuel cells and batteries.

Students, professionals and researchers in energy engineering and the energy industry, as well as policymakers in government


Published: July 2008

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-08-054808-1


  • Foreword - Sir David King 1 The Future of Oil and Gas Fossil Fuels, A Goodwin 2 The Future of Clean Coal, M Balat 3 Nuclear Power (Fission), S Green and D Kennedy 4 The Alberta Oil Sands: Reserves and Supply Outlook, F Rahnama, K Elliott, RA Marsh and L Philip 5 The Future of Methane and Coal to Petrol and Diesel Technologies, AC Vosloo 6 Wind Energy, L Staudt 7 Tidal Current Energy: Origins and Challenges, A Owen 8 Wave Energy, R Alcorn 9 Bio-Mass, P Champagne 10 Concentrating Solar Power, R Pitz-Paal 11 Hydroelectric Power, D Spreng and M Balmer 12 Geothermal Energy, JL Renner 13 Solar Energy: Photovoltaics, D Infield 14 The Pebble Bed Modular Reactor, D Matzner 15 Fuel Cells and Batteries, J Salminen, D Steingard and T Kallio 16 Methane Hydrates, E Allison 17 Nuclear Fusion, L Grisham 18 Carbon Capture and Storage for Greenhouse Effect Mitigation, D Tondeur and F Teng 19 Smart Energy Houses of the Future - self supporting in energy and zero emission, R Wing 20 The Prospects for Electricity and Transport Fuels to 2050, G Dutton and M Page


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