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Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options

by Jefferson W Tester, Elisabeth M Drake, Michael J Driscoll, Michael W Golay and William A Peters The MIT Press
Pub Date:
07/2005
ISBN:
9780262201537
Format:
Hbk 872 pages
Price:
AU$199.00 NZ$206.09
Product Status: Not Our Publication - we no longer distribute
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Human survival depends on a continuing energy supply, but the need for ever-increasing amounts of energy poses a dilemma: How can we provide the benefits of energy to the population of the globe without damaging the environment, negatively affecting social stability, or threatening the well-being of future generations? The solution will lie in finding sustainable energy sources and more efficient means of converting and utilizing energy. This textbook is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as others who have an interest in exploring energy resource options and technologies with a view toward achieving sustainability. It clearly presents the trade-offs and uncertainties inherent in evaluating and choosing different energy options and provides a framework for assessing policy solutions. Sustainable Energy includes illustrative examples, problems, references for further reading, and links to relevant Web sites and can be used outside the classroom as a resource for government, industry, and nonprofit organizations. The first six chapters provide the tools for making informed energy choices. They examine the broader aspects of energy use, including resource estimation, environmental effects, and economic evaluations. Chapters 7-15 review the main energy sources of today and tomorrow, including fossil fuels, nuclear power, biomass, geothermal energy, hydropower, wind energy, and solar energy, examining their technologies, environmental impacts, and economics. The remaining chapters treat energy storage, transmission, and distribution: the electric power sector: transportation: industrial energy usage: commercial and residential buildings: and synergistic complex systems. The book addresses the challenges of integrating diverse factors and the importance for future generations of the energy choices we make today. Jefferson W. Tester is H. P. Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT. Elisabeth M. Drake is Associate Director of the Energy Laboratory, Emeritus, at MIT. Michael J. Driscoll is Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Emeritus, at MIT. Michael W. Golay is Professor of Nuclear Engineering at MIT. William A. Peters is Executive Director of the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at MIT.
'For some time I have searched for a comprehensive text on sustainable energy, and I have found it here. This book by Jefferson Tester and his colleagues will be the field's benchmark in the future. It is wonderfully broad in scope, yet detailed in its presentation of the material.'--Fred K. Browand, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California The MIT Press 'At last, sustainable energy can be taught from a single textbook one that is balanced, worldly, comprehensive, and challenging. Watch out, teachers! Science and engineering students are going to demand courses that use this book.' Robert Socolow, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University The MIT Press ' Sustainable Energy provides the intellectual tools and perspectives needed to devise a sound strategy for ensuring sustainability.' Jack Gibbons, former Presidential Science Advisor and former Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy The MIT Press 'This book with its references and links is an excellent source text for anyone considering a course on energy options for the future and for anyone else interested in understanding the science and argument which underlie the debate on energy options for a sustainable future.' R. John Sandeman International Journal of Environmental Studies The MIT Press 'At last, sustainable energy can be taught from a single textbook -- one that is balanced, worldly, comprehensive, and challenging. Watch out, teachers! Science and engineering students are going to demand courses that use this book.'--Robert Socolow, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University The MIT Press
Jefferson W. Tester is Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, College of Engineering, Cornell University and coauthor of Sustainable Energy and The Future of Geothermal Energy. Elisabeth M. Drake is Associate Director of the Energy Laboratory, Emeritus, at MIT. Michael J. Driscoll is Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Emeritus, at MIT. Michael W. Golay is Professor of Nuclear Engineering at MIT. William A. Peters is Executive Director of the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at MIT.