Future Energy

Future Energy

Improved, Sustainable and Clean Options for Our Planet

3rd Edition - January 16, 2020

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  • Editor: Trevor Letcher
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081028872
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081028865

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Future Energy: Improved, Sustainable and Clean Options for Our Planet, Third Edition provides scientists and decision-makers with the knowledge they need to understand the relative importance and magnitude of various energy production methods in order to make the energy decisions necessary for sustaining development and dealing with climate change. The third edition of Future Energy looks at the present energy situation and extrapolates to future scenarios related to global warming and the increase of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This thoroughly revised and updated edition contains over 40 chapters on all aspects of future energy, with each chapter updated and expanded by expert scientists and engineers in their respective fields.

Key Features

  • Provides readers with an up-to-date overview of available energy options, both traditional and renewable, as well as the necessary tools needed to make informed decisions
  • Covers a wide spectrum of future energy resources presented in a single book with chapters written by experts from each particular field
  • Includes many new chapters that cover topics on conventional oil and fossil fuels, a new section on energy storage, and a look at new energy

Readership

Researchers working in the field of future energy, Government decision makers, Investors looking for new investments, Engineers and scientists working in the field of energy. Students in environmental sciences and engineering (usually 3rd year or 4th year students as well as MSc and PhD students working in the area)

Table of Contents

  • Part I Introduction
    1. Introduction with a Focus on Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change
    Trevor Letcher

    Part II FOSSIL FUELS (ENERGY SOURCES)
    2. Coal: Past, Present and Future Sustainable Use
    Rajender Gupta
    3. Unconventional Oil and Gas: Oilsands
    Arno De Klerk
    4. Shale Gas, Tight Oil, Shale Oil and Hydraulic Fracturing
    Jeremy Boak
    5. Coal bed Methane: Reserves, Production, and Future Outlook
    Maria Mastalerz
    6. Natural Gas Hydrates: Status of Potential as an Energy Resource
    Ray Boswell

    Part III NUCLEAR POWER (ENERGY SOURCES)
    7. Nuclear Fission- new Generation Reactors
    Aiden Peakman and Francis Livens
    8. Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
    Giorgio Locatelli and Benito Mignacca

    Part IV TRANSPORT ENERGY (ENERGY SOURCES)
    9. Biofuels for Transport
    Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz
    10. Transport Fuel: Biomass-, coal-, gas- and waste-to-liquids processes
    Arno De Klerk
    11. The Electric Vehicle Revolution
    Paul Nieuwenhuis

    Part V ENERGY STORAGE
    12. The use of Batteries in Storing Electricity
    Matthias Vetter
    13. The use of Flow Batteries in Storing Electricity for National Grids
    Christian Doetsch
    14. Compressed Air Energy Storage
    Jihong Wang and Mark Dooner

    Part VI RENEWABLES (ENERGY SOURCES)
    15. Hydroelectric Power
    Ånund Killingveit
    16. Wind Energy
    S Bhattachary
    17. Tidal Current Energy: Origins and challenges
    Alan Owen
    18. Solar Energy – Photovoltaics, including new technologies (thin film) and a discussion on panel efficiency
    Vitezslav Benda
    19. Concentrating Solar Power
    Robert Pitz-Paal
    20. Geothermal Energy
    Rosalind Archer
    21. Energy from Biomass
    Charles Chunbao Xu

    Part VII NEW POSSIBLE ENERGY OPTIONS
    22. Hydrogen: An Energy Carrier
    Mary Helen McCay
    23. Fuel Cells: Energy Conversion Technology
    Johannes Lindorfer
    24. Space Solar
    Paul Jaffe
    25. Nuclear Fusion
    Richard Kembleton
    26. Synthetic Fuel Development
    Heather Willauer

    Part VIII ENVIRONMENTAL AND RELATED ISSUES
    27. Energy and the Environment
    Daniel Alan Vallero
    28. Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies
    Andy Ford

    Part IX THE CURRENT SITUATION AND THE TRANSITION TO THE FUTURE
    29. The Life Cycle Assessment of various Energy Technologies
    Nawshad Haque
    30. Integration of high penetrations of intermittent renewable generation in future electricity networks, using storage
    Charalampos Patsios
    31. Carbon Capture and Storage
    Karl Bandilla
    32. Energy Options and Predictions for China
    Kejun Jiang
    33. Metals and Elements needed to support Future Energy
    Gavin Mudd
    34. A Global Overview of Future Energy
    Christian Breyer

Product details

  • No. of pages: 820
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: January 16, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081028872
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081028865

About the Editor

Trevor Letcher

Trevor Letcher
Professor Letcher was Professor of Chemistry, and Head of Department in South Africa (University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and Natal) (1969 -2004). He has published over 300 papers on chemical thermodynamic topics in peer reviewed journals; and 100 papers in popular science and education journals. He has edited and written 28 books ranging from Future Energy Climate Change, Storing Energy, Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Managing Global Warming and Unraveling Environmental Disasters. He has been awarded gold medals by the South African Institute of Chemistry and the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and living in the United Kingdom.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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