Energy: Technology and Directions for the Future presents the fundamentals of energy for scientists and engineers. It is a survey of energy sources that will be available for use in the 21st century energy mix. The reader will learn about the history and science of several energy sources as well as the technology and social significance of energy. Themes in the book include thermodynamics, electricity distribution, geothermal energy, fossil fuels, solar energy, nuclear energy, alternate energy (wind, water, biomass), energy and society, energy and the environment, sustainable development, the hydrogen economy, and energy forecasting. The approach is designed to present an intellectually rich and interesting text that is also practical.This is accomplished by introducing basic concepts in the context of energy technologies and, where appropriate, in historical context. Scientific concepts are used to solve concrete engineering problems. The technical level of presentation presumes that readers have completed college level physics with calculus and mathematics through calculus of several variables. The selection of topics is designed to provide the reader with an introduction to the language, concepts and techniques used in all major energy components that are expected to contribute to the 21st century energy mix. Future energy professionals will need to understand the origin and interactions of these energy components to thrive in an energy industry that is evolving from an industry dominated by fossil fuels to an industry working with many energy sources.

Key Features

* Presents the fundamentals of energy production for engineers, scientists, engineering professors, students, and anyone in the field who needs a technical discussion of energy topics. * Provides engineers with a valuable expanded knowledge base using the U.S. National Academy of Sciences content standards. * Examines the energy options for the twenty-first century as older energy sources quickly become depleted.


undergrad science and engineering students (w/ completion courses in physics and calculus); graduate students and working professionals, esp. engineers & scientists in the energy industry (oil & gas, nuclear, solar, geothermal, etc.)

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Introduction 1.1 Units and Dimensional Analysis 1.2 A Brief History of Energy Consumption 1.3 Energy Consumption and the Quality of Life 1.4 Mechanical Energy 1.5 Dynamics and Energy Transformations 1.6 Energy Professtionals 2. Electric Power Generation and Distribution 2.1 Historical Development of Electric Power 2.2 Electromagnetism 2.3 Elements of Alternating Current Circuits 2.4 Electric Power Generation 2.5 Electric Power Distribution 2.6 Distributed Generation 3. Heat Engines and Heat Exchangers 3.1 Temperature and Composition 3.2 Thermodynamic Systems and States 3.3 Laws of Thermodynamics 3.4 Equilibrium Conditions in the Absence of Gravity 3.5 Heat Engines 3.6 Heat Transfer 3.7 Heat Exchangers 4. The Earth and Geothermal Energy 4.1 Formation of Celestial Objects 4.2 Kant-Laplace Hypothesis 4.3 Evolution of the Primordial Earth 4.4 Radioactivity 4.5 Plate Tectonics 4.6 Fluids in Porous Media 4.7 Equilibrium Conditions in the Presence of Gravity 4.8 Geothermal Energy 5. Origin of Fossil Fuel 5.1 Models of the Atom 5.2 Molecular Biology 5.3 What is Life? 5.4 Spontaneous Generation 5.5 The Miller-Urey Experiment 5.6 Photosynthesis 5.7 Origin of Fossil Fuels 6. Fossil Energy 6.1 The History of Fossil Fuels 6.2 Coal 6.3 Petroleum Fluids 6.4 Petroleum


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About the author

John R. Fanchi, PhD

John R. Fanchi is a Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He has worked in the technology centers of three major oil companies (Marathon, Cities Service and Getty), and served as an international consultant. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Houston.

Affiliations and Expertise

Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, USA


“I recommend the book for anyone working in an energy related field who would like to get a better understanding of another part of the field or the subject of energy as a whole. Working engineers who would like a reference that crosses subject boundaries and collects important information about many of them in one place will find this book a useful reference. Educated readers who may not care about the equations presented, but still want a somewhat in-depth look at the subject of energy in its various forms and the problems faced to provide it can still get a good general understanding of the various forms of energy from this book. Students of any engineering or science discipline, who would like a good understanding of the various forms of energy, their production, and use, will find this book easily readable and immediately useful.” — Saeid Mokhatab, Advisor of Natural Gas Engineering Research Projects, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA