Oxford University Press, USA
Do renewable energy sources really provide a realistic alternative to fossil fuels? How does wind power compare to nuclear power, in terms of the energy it can generate? How do we get energy from the tides, and is it really a useful source of power? Energy Science: Principles, Technologies, and Impacts
integrates the science behind the key energy sources that are at our disposal today with the socioeconomic issues surrounding their use to give a balanced, objective overview of the range of energy sources available to us today. Covering both traditional and renewable energy sources, the book encourages the reader to evaluate different energy sources on the basis of sound quantitative understanding. It also explores the fundamental processes of energy generation, storage, and transmission, building a complete picture of energy supply and use--from wind turbines, nuclear reactors, and hydroelectric dams--to our homes.
Different energy sources have different social and economic impacts; the book uses examples and case studies throughout to help the reader critically assess the information to hand surrreach a well-rounded, informed view of the relative merits and drawbacks of the utilization of various energy sources.
Problems with current and future energy use and supply extend globally; Energy Science: Principles, Technologies, and Impacts
introduces the potential solutions that science can offer, within a framework that encourages the critical assessment of the pros and cons of each. Online resource centre:
The Online Resource Centre features: For lecturers:
Figures from the book available to download, to facilitate lecture preparation
Solutions to end of chapter questions For students:
Library of web links, giving students quick access to an extensive range of additional resources
Hyperlinks to primary literature articles cited in the text, to encourage students to explore topics in more detail