eBook Alternative Energy, 2nd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 141449081X
  • ISBN-13: 9781414490816
  • DDC: 333.794
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 10th Grade
  • 558 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012
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Overview

This title introduces students to issues surrounding both current energy sources and alternative energy options. While there is significant discussion of the non-renewable resources now used to meet the majority of the world's energy needs (oil, coal and natural gas), the primary focus of the set is on newer options to meet the ever-growing demand. These options include wind and solar energy, fuel cells, hydropower, geothermal power and biomass energy. In addition, more theoretical sources are also explored, including cold fusion, zero point energy and universal forces. Other topics of discussion include the science behind the energy source, notable scientists and scientific discoveries, current examples of use, and the issues, challenges and obstacles to large-scale use.

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Features and Benefits

  • Sidebars.
  • Words to know.
  • Chronology.
  • Bibliographies following each chapter.
  • List of Organizations.
  • Glossary.
  • Comprehensive general index.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1414490771 | ISBN-13: 9781414490779

Reviews

"This set presents many of the issues and challenges involved in using new and existing energy sources...Examples from China, France, Iceland, Zambia and lots of U.S. states give a global view. Color photos, diagrams and sidebars are informative and attractive and add to the user's understanding." --Booklist, September 1, 2007

— Booklist

"This three-volume set is aimed at a junior high school audience, and so may be forgiven for over-simplifying certain issues, such as the variety of nuclear reactor designs available, or the difficulties of survival facing our pretechnological ancestors...this set would be suitable for a junior high school collection." --ARBA, March 2007

— ARBA

"Though aimed at middle school and high school students, this guide would serve public libraries as an introduction to an important issue." --John Lawrence, December 2006

— Lawrence Looks at Books

"This set discusses the energy crisis, currently used fuels, and alternative fuels in an easily comprehended manner; however the text is not watered down and includes enough depth for more advanced students. Both science and social studies classes would benefit from this set as the scientific, social, and political ramifications of current and emerging energy sources are discussed. The science teacher I asked to examine these volumes described them as a great resource for teachers and students." --Library Media Connection, March 1, 2007

— Library Media Connection

"...the set is well-organized and clearly written and will be used in middle- and high-school libraries." --Booklist, February 1, 2007

— Booklist

Table of Contents

VOLUME 1
1. FOSSIL FUELS.
Introduction: What Are Fossil Fuels? Petroleum. Natural Gas.
Coal. Coal Gasification. Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Propane and Butane.
Methanol. Methyl Tertiary-butyl Ether (MTBE). Conclusion.
2. BIOENERGY.
Introduction: What Is Bioenergy? Solid Biomass. Biodiesel. Vegetable Oil Fuels.
Biogas. Ethanol and Other Alcohol Fuels. Series Fuels.
3. GEOTHERMAL ENERGY.
Introduction: What Is Geothermal Energy? Agricultural Applications. Aquacultural Applications. Geothermal Power Plants. Geothermal Heating Applications. Industrial Applications.
VOLUME 2
4. HYDROGEN.
Introduction: What Is Hydrogen Energy? Historical Overview. Producing Hydrogen. Using Hydrogen. Transporting Hydrogen. Distributing Hydrogen. Storing Hydrogen. Impacts. Future Technology. Conclusion.
5. NUCLEAR ENERGY.
Introduction: What Is Nuclear Energy? Historical Overview: Notable Discoveries and the People Who Made Them. How Nuclear Energy Works. Current and Future Technology. Benefits and Drawbacks. Environmental Impact. Economic Impact. Societal Impact. Barriers to Implementation or Acceptance.
6. SOLAR ENERGY.
Introduction: What Is Solar Energy? Passive Solar Design. Daylighting. Transpired Solar Collectors. Solar Water Heating Systems. Photovoltaic Cells. Dish Systems. Trough Systems. Solar Ponds. Solar Towers. Solar Furnaces.
VOLUME 3
7. WATER ENERGY.
Introduction: What Is Water Energy? Hydropower. Hydroelectricity. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion. Tidal Power. Ocean Wave Power.
8. WIND ENERGY.
Introduction: What Is Wind Energy? How Wind Energy Works. Current and Future Technology.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Wind Energy. Wind Turbines. Current and Potential Uses. Issues, Challenges, and Obstacles.
9. ENERGY CONSERVATION AND EFFICIENCY.
Introduction. Climate-responsive Buildings. Green Building Materials. Lighting. Energy Efficiency and Conservation in the Home. Transportation. Hybrid Vehicles. Other High-efficiency Vehicles. Leaving an Energy Footprint on Earth.
10. POSSIBLE FUTURE ENERGY SOURCES.
Introduction. Is Alternative Energy Enough? The Dream of Free Energy. Perpetual Motion, an Energy Fraud and Scam. Various Advances in Electricity and Magnetism. Zero Point Energy.
Fusion. Solar Power Satellites. No Magic Bullets. List of Organizations. Where to Learn More.