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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.
- 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
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)
Part I Introduction
1. Introduction with a Focus on Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change
Part II FOSSIL FUELS (ENERGY SOURCES)
2. Coal: Past, Present and Future Sustainable Use
3. Unconventional Oil and Gas: Oilsands
Arno De Klerk
4. Shale Gas, Tight Oil, Shale Oil and Hydraulic Fracturing
5. Coal bed Methane: Reserves, Production, and Future Outlook
6. Natural Gas Hydrates: Status of Potential as an Energy Resource
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
Part V ENERGY STORAGE
12. The use of Batteries in Storing Electricity
13. The use of Flow Batteries in Storing Electricity for National Grids
14. Compressed Air Energy Storage
Jihong Wang and Mark Dooner
Part VI RENEWABLES (ENERGY SOURCES)
15. Hydroelectric Power
16. Wind Energy
17. Tidal Current Energy: Origins and challenges
18. Solar Energy – Photovoltaics, including new technologies (thin film) and a discussion on panel efficiency
19. Concentrating Solar Power
20. Geothermal Energy
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
24. Space Solar
25. Nuclear Fusion
26. Synthetic Fuel Development
Part VIII ENVIRONMENTAL AND RELATED ISSUES
27. Energy and the Environment
Daniel Alan Vallero
28. Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies
Part IX THE CURRENT SITUATION AND THE TRANSITION TO THE FUTURE
29. The Life Cycle Assessment of various Energy Technologies
30. Integration of high penetrations of intermittent renewable generation in future electricity networks, using storage
31. Carbon Capture and Storage
32. Energy Options and Predictions for China
33. Metals and Elements needed to support Future Energy
34. A Global Overview of Future Energy
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- © Elsevier 2020
- 16th January 2020
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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 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.
Emeritus Professor, School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
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