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Description

Future Energy: Opportunities & Challenges was originally published in 2013 by the International Society of Automation. Rights for this work have been reverted to the authors by the original publisher. The author has chosen to license this work with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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Publication Date

2021

Keywords

energy, energy production, fossil fuels, renewable energy, energy sustainability, hydroenergy, geothermal energy, nuclear energy, energy transport, climate change, energy conservation, commercial energy, residential energy

Disciplines

Environmental Education | Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Sciences | Natural Resource Economics | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Oil, Gas, and Energy | Other Environmental Sciences | Sustainability | Water Resource Management

Comments

Future Energy: Opportunities & Challenges was originally published in 2013 by the International Society of Automation. Rights for this work have been reverted to the authors by the original publisher. The author has chosen to license this work with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Click the blue Download link on this page to download the full book PDF. Individual chapters are also listed and available for download in the list below.

Table of Contents

Part I. GETTING STARTED

Chapter 1 – Introduction to the Energy Story

Chapter 2 – Fundamentals

Chapter 3 – Energy Production and Consumption

Part II. ENERGY SOURCES

Chapter 4 – Fossil Fuels

Chapter 5 – Renewables

Chapter 6 – Solar Energy

Chapter 7 – Biofuels

Chapter 8 – Wind Energy

Chapter 9 – Hydroenergy

Chapter 10 – Geothermal Energy

Chapter 11 – Nuclear Energy

Chapter 12 – Hydrogen

Chapter 13 – Energy Transport

Part III: ENERGY DEMAND

Chapter 14 – Population and Energy Demand

Chapter 15 – Residential Energy Use

Chapter 16 – Commercial Energy Use

Chapter 17 – Industrial Energy Use

Chapter 18 – Transportation Energy Use

Chapter 19 – Energy and Climate Change

Chapter 20 – Energy Conservation and Efficiency

Part IV: CREATING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

Chapter 21 – Energy, Economics, and Government

Chapter 22 – Summing Up

APPENDICES

About the Book

The following description is found on isa.org:

How can we produce enough sustainable energy while avoiding unacceptable environmental consequences? To evaluate the various energy options, we must understand the science of each potential energy source and energy use technology. This book presents the science in an easy-to-understand way to enable readers to make informed decisions about what is possible and practical, and to choose lifestyle options to implement in their personal lives.

America and the world face daunting questions about how we produce energy and how we use it. Conservation and improved energy efficiency can help reduce energy requirements, but cannot halt the steady increase in energy consumption. An increasing world population and increasing energy appetites in emerging economies will create competition for energy resources for all nations.

The possibilities for future energy production include fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, coal, oil sands, and oil shale), biofuels, solar, wind, hydro-energy, geothermal, and nuclear (probably fission and possibly fusion). Each of these sources has relative advantages and disadvantages.

The problem is to produce enough sustainable energy while avoiding unacceptable environmental consequences, especially climate change. In order to evaluate the potential of the various energy options, one must understand the basic science that underlies each potential energy source and energy use technology. This knowledge will enable us to determine what is possible and practical and, maybe more importantly, what is impossible or impractical.

Fortunately most of the pertinent science is old, well established and, for the most part, quite simple. This science provides a framework into which one can insert real data and draw conclusions. Without such quantitative assessments, claims about capabilities of the various energy options must be viewed as unverified assumptions rather than hard facts. This book presents the essential science in an easy-to-understand, yet comprehensive way.

A big change in the ways that we produce and use energy is inevitable. Informed choices will help avoid waste, avoid unnecessary disruptions in our lives, and avoid undesirable environmental effects. The purpose of this book is to help the reader make informed decisions about which energy production technologies to support and which energy use technologies and lifestyle options to implement in his/her personal life.

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