Energy for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide to Conventional and Alternative Sources, 2nd Edition

  • Roy L. Nersesian
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  • ISBN-10: 0765626152
  • ISBN-13: 9780765626158
  • DDC: 333.79
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 416 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released April 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010

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As concerns over rising energy prices and potential shortages continue to grow, this comprehensive handbook provides a detailed analysis of the past, present, and future of all the principle energy sources - biomass, coal, oil, natural gas, hydro and nuclear power - as well as sustainable sources, especially fuel cell technology. Equally useful for students of energy and energy policy as well as policy makers and professionals in the field, "Energy for the 21st Century" begins with a fascinating survey of the early history and use of energy sources and the colorful expansion of Big Oil. It examines the evolving technologies for each source of energy, national and international policy issues, the effects of Middle East wars, disruptions from hurricane Katrina, and the growing energy demands of India and China. Written by an expert who is both an energy professional and a business educator, the book offers a comprehensive examination of the most current energy policies under consideration, with special attention to environmental concerns.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Tables and Figures.
1: Are We on Easter Island.
2: Easter Island.
3: The Mathematics of Extinction.
4: Progress Is Our Most Important Product.
5: The Unremitting Rise in Population.
6: The Case of Double Exponential Growth.
7: A Lesson in Fish.
8: From Hunting to Farming.
9: Energy Depletion.
10: Notes.
11: Electricity and the Utility Industry.
12: IT Takes Energy to Make Energy.
13: Energy for Electricity Generation.
14: Enhancing Efficiency in Electricity Generation.
15: Early History of Electricity.
16: Generating Electricity.
17: Generating Electricity Commercially.
18: System Operation.
19: Methods of Rate Regulation.
20: Operating Models in an ERA of Deregulation/Liberalization.
21: Utility Pools.
22: When Demand Exceeds Supply.
23: The Real Lesson of California.
24: Notes.
25: Biomass.
26: Yesterday's Fuel.
27: Today's Fuel.
28: Biomass for Electricity Generation.
29: Biogas.
30: Biofuels.
31: Notes.
32: Coal.
33: The First Energy Crisis.
34: The Origin and History of Coal.
35: Types of Coal.
36: Coal Mining.
37: Coal in the Twenty-First Century.
38: Role of Coal among the Major Consumers.
39: Case Against Coal.
40: Clean-Coal Technologies.
41: Eliminating Coal Not So Easy.
42: Notes.
43: The Story of Big Oil.
44: History of Lighting.
45: History of Oil.
46: Oil and Diplomacy.
47: Oil and Environmentalists.
48: Role of Oil Companies after the Oil Crisis.
49: Notes.
50: Oil.
51: The Earth as an Oil Manufacturer.
52: Formation of Oil.
53: Oil Exploration and Production.
54: Getting the Oil to a Refinery.
55: Oil Reserves.
56: Synthetic Crude.
57: Challenge of Oil: The Automobile.
58: Internalizing an Externality.
59: Is This Politically Acceptable?.
60: Notes.
61: Natural Gas.
62: Background.
63: Early History of Coal Gas.
64: History of Natural Gas.
65: From Source to Consumer.
66: Natural Gas as a Fuel.
67: The Europeal Version of Deregulation.
68: LPG: Prelude to LNG.
69: Liquefied Natural Gas.
70: Nonconventional Gas.
71: Notes.
72: Nuclear and Hydropower.
73: Background.
74: Physics of a Nuclear Reactor.
75: Nuclear Incidents and Accidents.
76: Commercial Reactors.
77: Fusion Power.
78: Future of Nuclear Power.
79: Hydropower.
80: Hydropower: Today and Tomorrow.
81: Notes.
82: Sustainable Energy.
83: The Meaning of Sustainability.
84: Wind Energy.
85: Solar Energy.
86: Geothermal Energy.
87: Ocean Energy.
88: Notes.
89: Looking Toward the Future.
90: The Hydrogen Economy.
91: Climate.
92: Carbon Dioxide Conundrum.
93: Projecting the Future.
94: Environment.
95: Efficiency and Conservation.
96: Cafe Standards.
97: Notes.
98: An Energy Strategy.
99: We Need to Identify the Relevant Goal.
100: Motor Vehicle Fuels.
101: The Problem Is the Magnitude of the Problem.
102: Are Energy Companies Endangered from Such a Transformation?.
103: There Is Always an Alternative.
About the Author.