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Energy Systems and Sustainability: Power for a Sustainable Future (2nd ed.)

Everett, Robert; Boyle, Godfrey; Peake, Stephen and Ramage, Janet eds. (2012). Energy Systems and Sustainability: Power for a Sustainable Future (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford Univerity Press.

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Abstract

The only text to provide a fresh, contemporary perspective on energy and sustainability for an undergraduate audience
Includes extensive coverage of both fossil fuels and nuclear power, but in the context of an increasing use of renewable energy
Boxes throughout the text present clear explanations of the technologies, underlying physics, and more advanced topics

New to this edition

International comparisons of key energy statistics now include India and China in addition to the UK, USA, France, and Denmark, giving a truly global perspective
Increased coverage of the 'peak oil' debate and the environmental implications of China's increasing energy use
Significantly revised and expanded exploration of the sustainability of fossil fuel use, with new material on carbon capture and storage, the social cost of carbon, hybrid electric cars, and prospects for a hydrogen economy
Start-of-chapter overviews and end-of-chapter reviews aid navigation and consolidation of information
Appendix of US units

How can we provide clean, safe, sustainable energy supplies for the world despite rising population levels and increasing economic development? Today, energy and sustainability are of primary concern and form the focus of this book and its companion volume, Renewable Energy.

Interdisciplinary in its approach and global in its perspective, this book provides a contemporary exploration of the economic, social, environmental, and policy issues raised by current systems of energy use, as well as describing their key physical and engineering features. The historical evolution of the world's energy systems, the principles underlying their use, and their present status and future prospects are analysed, while emphasizing the important issue of sustainability.

Beginning with a survey of basic energy concepts, the book describes the magnitude and patterns of human energy needs at various levels. Focus then turns to an overview of the fossil and nuclear-fuelled energy that, together with hydroelectric power and traditional biofuels, supply most of the world's commercial energy needs. Sections on economics describes the basic methods by which the monetary costs of energy are calculated, and discuss the issue of 'external' costs of energy production. The concluding chapters consider the sustainabliity problems associated with both fossil and nuclear fuel use, and ways in which they might be ameliorated by various technological and social developments. This is done in the context of a rising use of renewable energy.

· Extensive coverage of the important concepts and issues underpinning modern energy production and its future prospects
· Adopts an interdisciplinary approach making the text readable by engineer and policy maker alike

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2012 OUP/Open University
ISBN: 0-19-959374-4, 978-0-19-959374-3
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Item ID: 33534
Depositing User: Stephen Peake
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2012 09:37
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:19
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/33534
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