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Alternative energy resources : the quest for sustainable energy

Author: Paul Kruger
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley, ©2006.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Kruger
ISBN: 0471772089 9780471772088
OCLC Number: 61169765
Description: xxiv, 248 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Human ecology on spaceship earth --
1.0. Introduction --
1.01. Axiom 1 --
1.02. Axiom 2 --
1.03. Axiom 3 --
1.04. Philosophical questions for the quest --
1.1. Development of human ecology --
1.11. Major ages in human history --
1.12. The biosphere : "spaceship earth" --
1.13. Limits to growth --
1.2. Summary --
References --
2. The unending quest for abundant energy --
2.0. Historic perspective --
2.1. Characteristics of an industrial nation --
2.11. Flow of abundant energy --
2.12. Capital and income energy resources --
2.2. Exponential growth dynamics --
2.21. Linear growth --
2.22. Exponential growth --
2.23. Doubling time --
2.24. Exponential growth scenarios --
2.25. Calculation of growth rates by regression analysis --
2.3. Current growth in energy consumption --
2.31. Trends in energy consumption --
2.32. Energy intensity --
2.33. Projections of energy intensities --
2.34. Projections of future energy consumption --
2.4. Summary --
References. 3. The fossil fuel era --
3.0. Historic perspective --
3.01. Fossil fuel consumption in the United States since 1900 --
3.1. Fossil fuels --
3.11. Coal --
3.12. Heating value of coal --
3.13. Crude oil --
3.14. Natural gas --
3.2. Forecast of U.S. energy consumption through 2025 --
3.3. How long will fossil fuels last? --
3.31. Estimation of fossil fuel reserves --
3.32. The McKelvey diagram --
3.33. Production of a finite resource --
3.34. The logistic production curve method --
3.4. Growth of fossil fuel demand for generation of electricity --
3.5. Summary --
References --
4. Sustainability of energy resources --
4.0. Sustainable economic development --
4.01. Indicators for sustainable energy development --
4.02. Sustainable energy supply --
4.1. Sustainability of electric energy demand --
4.11. The electronic way of life --
4.12. A continental superconducting grid --
4.13. The hydrogen fuel era --
4.2. Natural gas in sustainable energy supply --
4.21. Petrochemical use of natural gas --
4.22. Growth of natural gas consumption in the United States --
4.23. Forecast of natural gas consumption through 2025 --
4.24. Natural gas supply and reserves --
4.3. Natural gas commitment for electric power generation --
4.4. Sustainability of natural gas as an energy resource --
4.5. Non-fossil energy resources --
4.51. Growth of alternate (non-fossil) energy use --
4.52. Forecast of Non-fossil energy supply --
4.6. Summary --
References. 5. Environmental impact of energy consumption --
5.0. Historic perspective --
5.1. Basics of environmental impact --
5.11. Relationship between magnitude and severity --
5.12. Consequences of environmental threat --
5.13. A hypothetical example of magnitude-severity analysis --
5.2. The saga of the greenhouse effect --
5.21. Components of the saga --
5.3. Local air pollution from automobile exhaust --
5.31. Environmental impact of smog --
5.32. Nitrogen oxides in photochemical "smog" --
5.33. Magnitude-severity aspects of nitrogen oxides --
5.4. Value of air quality improvement in transportation --
5.5. Some data for the Los Angeles air basin --
5.6. Summary --
References --
6. The nuclear energy era --
6.0. Historic perspective --
6.1. Basic elements of nuclear science --
6.11. The atomic nucleus --
6.12. Isotopic composition and abundance --
6.13. Atomic mass --
6.14. Equivalence of mass and energy --
6.15. Binding energy --
6.16. Nuclear stability --
6.17. Types of radioactive decay --
6.18. Properties of radionuclides --
6.2. Basic elements of nuclear power --
6.21. Nuclear fission --
6.22. Available energy from uranium fuel --
6.23. Nuclear power reactors --
6.24. The light-water uranium fuel cycle --
6.25. Generation IV nuclear reactors --
6.26. Nuclear safety --
6.27. Nuclear waste --
6.3. The Oklo natural nuclear reactors on earth --
6.4. Thermonuclear fusion --
6.5. Summary --
References. 7. Renewable energy resources --
7.0. Renewable energy --
7.01. Types of renewable energy --
7.02. Consumption of renewable energy --
7.1. Hydroelectric power --
7.2. Solar energy --
7.21. The solar constant --
7.22. Solar energy "reserves" --
7.23. Solar electricity --
7.3. Wind energy --
7.31. Wind power rate --
7.32. Wind turbine conversion efficiency --
7.33. The wind energy resource --
7.34. Estimated cost of wind power --
7.4. Biomass energy --
7.41. The solar biomass resource --
7.42. Biomass conversion processes --
7.43. Environmental aspects of bioenergy fuels --
7.5. Other renewable resources --
7.51. Tidal energy --
7.52. Geothermal energy --
7.6. Summary --
References --
8. Hydrogen as an energy carrier --
8.0. Historic perspective --
8.01. Physical nature of hydrogen --
8.02. Chemical nature of hydrogen --
8.03. Energetics of hydrogen --
8.1. Hydrogen and electricity as parallel energy carriers --
8.11. Why hydrogen? --
8.12. Competitive uses for hydrogen --
8.2. The hydrogen energy fuel cycle --
8.21. Hydrogen production --
8.21a. A wee-bit of electrochemistry --
8.22. hydrogen storage --
8.23. Distribution of hydrogen --
8.24. End uses for hydrogen fuel --
8.25. Cost factors of hydrogen fuel --
8.3. Summary --
References. 9. Hydrogen as a transportation fuel --
9.0. Historic perspective --
9.01. Hydrogen fuel in aviation --
9.02. Hydrogen fuel in marine propulsion --
9.1. Hydrogen fuel cells in vehicle transportation --
9.11. Just what is a fuel cell? --
9.12. A wee-bit of thermodynamics --
9.13. Aspects of hydrogen as a transportation fuel --
9.14. Hydrogen fuel vehicles by application type --
9.2. Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles --
9.21. Characteristics of alternate fuels for fuel cells --
9.22. Methanol as a fuel for fuel cells --
9.23. Natural gas as a transportation fuel --
9.3. What more is needed? --
9.4. Summary --
References --
10. The hydrogen fuel era --
10.0. Perspective of an era --
10.1. Potential for air quality improvement --
10.11. Emission standards --
10.12. Factors that effect vehicle emissions --
10.13. History of California emission standards --
10.2. Modeling health benefit from hydrogen fuel transportation --
10.21. Model development for the three-city hydrogen air quality study --
10.22. The metropolitan Tokyo air quality study --
10.3. Electric energy requirement for hydrogen fuel --
10.31. Extrapolation of historic transportation fuel data to 2010 --
10.32. Growth of demand for hydrogen fuel and electric energy : 2010-2050 --
10.4. Prospects for the future of sustainable energy supply --
10.41. Potential distribution of energy resources --
10.42. Possibilities to resolve the impasse --
10.5. Wrap-up --
10.6. Summary --
References.
Responsibility: Paul Kruger.
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