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Encyclopedia of Energy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121764807, 9780080523613

Encyclopedia of Energy

1st Edition

Editor in Chief: Cutler Cleveland
eBook ISBN: 9780080523613
Hardcover ISBN: 9780121764807
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 18th March 2004
Page Count: 5376


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In recent years our usage and understanding of different types of energy has grown at a tremendous rate. The editor-in-chief, Cutler Cleveland, and his international team of associate editors have brought together approximately 400 authors to produce the Encyclopedia of Energy. This highly topical reference draws together all aspects of energy, covering a wealth of areas throughout the natural, social and engineering sciences.

The Encyclopedia will provide easily accessible information about all aspects of energy, written by leading international authorities. It will not only be indispensible for academics, researchers, professionals and students, but also for policy makers, energy and environmental consultants, and all those working in business corporations and non-governmental organisations whose activities relate to energy and the environment.

Also available online via ScienceDirect – featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy. For more information, pricing options and availability visit

Key Features

An invaluable resource for all academics, researchers, professionals and students either working in or conducting research in energy and related environmental fields
An A-Z of energy, covering environmental and renewable energy through to fossil fuels and nuclear power


Academics, researchers, professionals and students working/studying in energy and its related fields; policy makers, energy and environmental consultants; all those working in business corporations and non-governmental organisations whose activities relate to energy and the environment.

Table of Contents

Basics of Energy; Energy Flows; Society and Energy; History and Energy; Systems of Energy; Conservation and End Use; Renewable and Alternative Sources; Environmental Issues; Public Issues; Policy Issues; Economics of Energy; Measurement and Models; Material Use and Reuse; Oil and Natural Gas; Coal, Electricity; Nuclear Energy; Risks; Sustainable Development; Global Issues; Appendices.


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About the Editor in Chief

Cutler Cleveland

Cutler J. Cleveland is the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University, where he also holds the position of Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment. Dr. Cleveland is Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Energy (Elsevier Science, 2004), winner of an American Library Association award, Editor-in-Chief of the Dictionary of Energy (Elsevier Science, in press) and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecological Economics. Dr. Cleveland is a member of the American Statistical Association’s Committee on Energy Statistics, an advisory group to the Department of Energy, and a participant in the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum. He has been a consultant to numerous private and public organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, Charles River Associates, the Technical Research Centre of Finland, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the MacArthur Foundation have supported his research. Dr. Cleveland’s research focuses on the ecological-economic analysis of how energy and materials are used to meet human needs. His research employs the use of econometric models of oil supply, natural resource scarcity, and the relation between the use of energy and natural resources and economic systems. Dr. Cleveland publishes in journals such as Nature, Science, Ecological Modeling, Energy, The Energy Journal, The Annual Review of Energy, Resource and Energy Economics, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, and Ecological Economics. He has won publication awards from the International Association of Energy Economics and the National Wildlife Federation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University, MA, USA


"This six-volume encyclopedia is a timely information resource as rising energy costs and consumption engenders a renewed focus on the subject. Comprised of 380 articles, it provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of energy. Not only does it address the expected scientific and technological areas such as engineering, physics, geology, and environmental science, but it also includes a strong social science component with history, economics, public policy, and sociology. Cleveland (director, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston Univ.) and over 400 contributors from academia, government, and industry provide authoritative information in the form of lengthy, well-organized articles that are accessible to undergraduates and researchers. Each article has definitions, cross-references, and suggested readings to aid the user. Extras include a glossary, an extensive chronology of energy-related developments, a small annotated bibliography, key international organizations, and a wide range of energy-related tables such as measurement and units, physical property data, and production and consumption figures. Bottom Line The material here is on a more advanced level than the the three-volume Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy. Whereas Macmillan provides overviews of the major energy topics, the articles in Encyclopedia of Energy have greater breadth and depth. Both encyclopedias complement each other well because of the difference in scope and surprisingly small overlap in content. But Macmillan may be a more affordable choice for smaller public, high school, and undergraduate libraries, while the Encyclopedia of Energy is strongly recommended for academic and large public libraries."
Library Journal, November 2004

"Cleveland's attempt to gather all existing knowledge about the world's energy problems into six volumes (5,400 pages) largely succeeds. Each of the 380 articles, "Acid Deposition" to "Energy Use" to "World History and Energy," written by 400 experts from 40 countries in a wide range of specialties, begins with a list of subtopics, then a glossary of specialized terms, then a "Defining Statement" paragraph. Following the body of the article are cross-references to related material and a list of further readings. A subject index concludes v.6, where readers will do well to start, since material of interest is often not revealed in article titles. Charts, graphs, tables, and photographs clarify the text. Articles cover discrete topics, and readers who need information on specific topics will find that the format invites both searching and browsing. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries."
Choice, October 2004

“The Encyclopedia of Energy provides an invaluable reference laying out the energy options available, their pros and cons, and how they might best be fit together in local, national, and global energy systems. Its comprehensive coverage should help planners, analysts, and policy makers at all levels to identify the right choices and promote them effectively.”

Hans-Holger Rogner
Section Head, Planning and Economic Studies Section, Department of Nuclear Energy, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

“I strongly recommend this most thorough and up-to-date work to energy engineers, planners and decision makers, as well as to the researchers and students of energy, economics and global interactions.”

T. Nejat Veziroglu
President, International Association for Hydrogen Energy.
Professor & Director, Clean Energy Research Institute, University of Miami

"The Encyclopedia of Energy will be an invaluable resource for organizations like the Global Environment Facility engaged in the twin goals of environment and development…The extensive documentation of renewable energy sources and energy conservation also make this work an invaluable contribution in working on the sustainable energy systems of the future."

Leonard Good
Chairman and CEO of the Global Environment Facility

“…an invaluable reference guide for those interested in understanding current thinking and practice in the energy sector and its related disciplines…this publication will provide both those working in the energy sciences and those outside the field with comprehensive, contextual information on all aspects of the industry.”

Fatih Birol
Chief Economist and Head, Economic Analysis Division
International Energy Agency