Energy Science: Principles, Technologies, and Impacts

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Do renewable energy sources really provide a realistic alternative to fossil fuels? How much power can be obtained from all the various forms of energy? Can global warming be combated with the energy technologies that are currently available?

Offering a balanced, objective overview of the subject, Energy Science: Principles, Technologies, and Impacts enables students to evaluate the key sources of energy available to us today on the basis of sound, quantitative understanding. It relates the science behind renewable, fossil fuel, and nuclear energy sources to the environmental and socioeconomic issues that surround their use. The authors use examples and case studies throughout to help students make quantitative estimates and critically assess the relative merits and drawbacks of each energy source. Exploring the practicalities of energy generation, storage, and transmission, this unique text paints a complete picture of energy supply, from wind turbines, nuclear reactors, and hydroelectric dams to our homes.

A Companion Website offers resources for students and instructors.

NEW TO THIS EDITION

* New case studies from around the world featuring real-world examples of energy technology implementation and policy considerations

* Significantly expanded coverage of fossil fuels as an energy source

* A greater emphasis on the importance of considering the whole energy system, from the sources to our homes, and on the uses of energy in buildings, industry, and transport

* Enhanced coverage of energy storage, smart grids, carbon capture and storage, and energy efficiency technology in light of recent developments

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John Andrews is Visiting Fellow at Bristol University, UK. Nick Jelley is Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and Fellow at Lincoln College, UK.

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Review from previous edition: "A major strength of this book is its format, as it guides the reader through each energy type with a gradual building of knowledge."

--The Higher Education Academy December 2009

"As educators what we need is a good source of information to examine competing ideas and to show students what sort of questions need to be asked. This is a very useful text. Its value lies in the degree to which the science of energy is inter-linked with issues of safety, environment etc.
For those aiming to deal with this area in more detail than normally found, this is a very good place to start."

--Ecological and Environmental Education, February 2007

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