Future Energy

2nd Edition

Improved, Sustainable and Clean Options for our Planet

Editors: Trevor Letcher
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080994246
eBook ISBN: 9780080994222
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 13th December 2013
Page Count: 738
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As the demand for global energy increases, fact-based evaluations of alternative energy sources are needed in order to address the growing interest in how energy is produced, provided, and transported in sustainable ways. Future Energy, Second 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 needed for sustaining development and dealing with climate change. The second 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 30 chapters on all aspects of future energy, each chapter updated and expanded by expert scientists and engineers in their respective fields providing an unbiased and balanced view of the future of energy.

Key Features

  • Provides readers with an up-to-date overview of available energy options, both traditional and renewable, as well as the necessary tools to make informed decisions regarding selection, use, and environmental impacts.
  • Covers a wide spectrum of future energy resources presented in a single book with chapters written by experts of the particular field
  • Eleven new chapters including chapters on: solar heating, energy resources in developing nations and frontiers in oil and gas, Arctic drilling and unconventional oil and gas sources, thorium in nuclear fission, ethanol and other options for future transport fuel, fracking, smart grids, new batteries, environmental issues and the energy options for China


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

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1. Introduction with a Focus on Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change

1.1 Why is it Important to Consider Our Future Energy Options?

1.2 The Need for a Sustainable, Safe and Non-polluting Energy Source

1.3 Climate Change

1.4 Atmospheric Pollution and Climate Change

1.5 What are Our Options for Electricity Generation?

1.6 What are Our Options for Transport Fuel?

1.7 The Situation in the World Today

1.8 How Can We Reduce the Stranglehold of Fossil Fuels?


Part II: Fossil Fuels (Energy Sources)

Chapter 2. Conventional Oil and Gas

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

2.3 Hydrocarbon Recovery, Reserves, Production and Consumption

2.4 Global Warming and the Hydrocarbon Economy

2.5 Conclusion


Chapter 3. Coal Processing and Use for Power Generation

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Coal Reserves, Production and Use

3.3 Coal Properties

3.4 Processing of Coal Before Combustion

3.5 Clean Coal Technologies

3.6 Role of Coal in the Energy Mix for the Future

3.7 Conclusions


Chapter 4. Frontier Oil and Gas: Deep-Water and the Arctic

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Deep-Water

4.3 Arctic

4.4 Clathrate Hydrates

4.5 Geothermal-Geopressurised Natural Gas


Chapter 5. Unconventional Oil and Gas: Oilsands

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Bitumen Production from Oilsands

5.3 Transport Fuel Production from Bitumen

5.4 Bitumen Characterisation

5.5 Bitumen Upgrading Processes

5.6 Future of Oilsands


Chapter 6. Shale-Hosted Hydrocarbons and Hydraulic Fracturing

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Shale-Hosted Hydrocarbons

6.3 Extraction Metho


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About the Editor

Trevor Letcher

Trevor M Letcher is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a past Director of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics and his research involves the thermodynamics of liquid mixtures and energy from landfill. He was awarded the South African Chemical Institute’s Gold medal in 1999 and in 2000 he was awarded the South African Gold medal by the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 250 papers in peer review journals and has edited, co-edited and written eleven books in his research and related fields. His latest books include Unraveling Environmental Disasters (2012), Materials for a Sustainable Future (2012), Waste (2011), Heat Capacities (2010), Climate Change (2009) and Future Energy (2008). His leisure activities involve regular hikes with the Mendip Ramblers, woodwork (long case clocks) and wood turning, gardening at home and on his allotment, theatre, reading and playing golf.

Affiliations and Expertise

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