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Energy for the 21st Century : a Comprehensive Guide to Conventional and Alternative Sources.

Author: Roy Nersesian
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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A compendium of current knowledge about conventional and alternative sources of energy. It clarifies complex technical issues, enlivens history, and illuminates the policy dilemmas we face today. This revised edition includes new material on biofuels, an expanded section on sustainability and sustainable energy, and updated figures and tables throughout. There are also online instructor materials for those  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Nersesian, Roy.
Energy for the 21st Century : A Comprehensive Guide to Conventional and Alternative Sources.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roy Nersesian
ISBN: 9781317471509 1317471504
OCLC Number: 898771337
Notes: 7 Natural Gas.
Description: 1 online resource (416 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Tables and Figures; Preface; 1 Are We on Easter Island?; Easter Island; The Mathematics of Extinction; Progress Is Our Most Important Product; The Unremitting Rise in Population; The Case of Double Exponential Growth; A Lesson in Fish; From Hunting to Farming; Energy Depletion; Notes; 2 Electricity and the Utility Industry; It Takes Energy to Make Energy; Energy for Electricity Generation; Enhancing Efficiency in Electricity Generation; Early History of Electricity; Generating Electricity. Generating Electricity CommerciallySystem Operation; Methods of Rate Regulation; Operating Models in an Era of Deregulation/Liberalization; Smart Meters/Smart Grids; Utility Pools; When Demand Exceeds Supply; The Real Lesson of California; Notes; 3 Biomass; Yesterday's Fuel; Today's Fuel; China; India; Indonesia; Brazil; Biomass for Electricity Generation; Biogas; Biofuels; Brazil-The Great Leap Forward for Biofuels; The Great Sugar-Corn Debate; The United States is Following Brazil's Footsteps in a More Complex Way; Cellulosic Ethanol; Biodiesel; Biodiesel Feedstocks; Biofuel Risks; Notes. 4 CoalThe First Energy Crisis; The Origin and History of Coal; Coal and the Industrial Revolution; Coal and Railroads; Coal and Steel; Rise and Fall of King Coal; Types of Coal; Coal Mining; Coal in the Twenty-first Century; Role of Coal Among the Major Consumers; Case Against Coal; Clean-Coal Technologies; Eliminating Coal Not So Easy; Notes; 5 The Story of Big Oil; History of Lighting; History of Oil; Enter John D. Rockefeller; Enter Marcus Samuel; Spindletop; Spindletop and Shell; Emergence of Oil as a Strategically Vital Commodity; Era of the Seven Sisters; Opening Up the Middle East. Early Attempts at Oil Price ControlsEnter Saudi Arabia and Kuwait; Exit the Key Players; Shareholders and Stakeholders; Development of Saudi Arabia's Oil Fields; Shoes Begin to Fall; Next Shoe to Fall; Birth of OPEC; 1973 Oil Crisis; First Time of High Oil Prices; End of High Oil Prices; Era of Moderate Oil Prices; Second Time of High Oil Prices; It's Not Oil Prices Anymore, It's Oil Security; Oil and Diplomacy; Oil and Environmentalists; Role of Oil Companies After the Oil Crisis; A Changing World; Are Oil Companies' Margins All That Great?; Future Role of Oil Companies; Notes; 6 Oil. The Earth as an Oil ManufacturerFormation of Oil; Oil Exploration and Production; Drilling Rights; Drilling Equipment; Directional Drilling; Offshore Drilling Rigs; Evaluating a Well; Completing a Well; Moving the Oil to the Well; Maintaining Reservoir Pressure; Getting the Oil to a Refinery; Tankers and Barges; Oil Spills; Refining; Oil Reserves; Are We on a Slippery Slope?; Was 2004 a Watershed Year?; Synthetic Crude; Challenge of Oil: The Automobile; Vehicles That Use Alternative Fuels; Enhancing Engine Efficiency; Internalizing an Externality; Is This Politically Acceptable?; Notes.

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A compendium of current knowledge about conventional and alternative sources of energy. It clarifies complex technical issues, enlivens history, and illuminates the policy dilemmas we face today. This revised edition includes new material on biofuels, an expanded section on sustainability and sustainable energy, and updated figures and tables throughout. There are also online instructor materials for those professors who adopt the book for classroom use.

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