Summary: Explores humanity's increasing need for energy and the various energy sources that might provide our needs into the future given the need to move away from petroleum. The book begins by examining our uses of energy in history and the exponential expansion of our energy use beginning with the industrial revolution and continuing into the present day. At this point the author begins analyzing the various alternative energy sources including nuclear, hydrogen, solar and wind power and t
heir respective pros and cons. In the end Kruger proposes the use of nuclear energy to produce our hydrogen needs. This book will fill a need at both introductory and capstone levels in curriculums of engineering and general science - a large and growing market in need of a book.
Summary: Explores humanity's increasing need for energy and the various energy sources that might provide our needs into the future given the need to move away from petroleum. The book begins by examining our uses of energy in history and the exponential expansion of our energy use beginning with the industrial revolution and continuing into the present day. At this point the author begins analyzing the various alternative energy sources including nuclear, hydrogen, solar and wind power and their respective pros and cons. In the end Kruger proposes the use of nuclear energy to produce our hydrogen needs. This book will fill a need at both introductory and capstone levels in curriculums of engineering and general science - a large and growing market in need of a book. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:06 Cover: Print On Demand Publisher:John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Year Published: 2006 International: No
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Paul Kruger is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University
.''..makes for an excellent introductory text on a subject whose importance is sure to last well into the future.'' (''Civil Engineering'', 5/2006)
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1. Human Ecology on Spaceship Earth. 1.0 Introduction. 1.01 Axiom 1. 1.02 Axiom 2. 1.03 Axiom 3. 1.04 Philosophical Questions for the Quest. 1.1 Development of Human Ecology. 1.11 Major Ages in Human History. 1.12 The Biosphere: A Spaceship Earth@. 1.13 Limits to Growth. 1.2 Summary. References.
2. The Unending Quest for Abundant Energy. 2.0 Historic Perspective. 2.1 Characteristics of an Industrial Nation. 2.11 Flow of Abundant Energy. 2.12 Capital and Income Energy Resources. 2.2 Exponential Growth Dynamics. 2.21 Linear Growth. 2.22 Exponential Growth. 2.23 Doubling Time. 2.24 Exponential Growth Scenarios. 2.25 Calculation of Growth Rates by Regression Analysis. 2.3 Current Growth in Energy Consumption. 2.31 Trends in Energy Consumption. 2.32 Energy Intensity. 2.33 Projections of Energy Intensities. 2.34 Projections of Future Energy Consumption. 2.4 Summary. References.
3. The Fossil Fuel Era. 3.0 Historic Perspective. 3.01 Fossil Fuel Consumption in the United. States since 1900. 3.1 Fossil Fuels. 3.11 Coal. 3.12 Heating Value of Coal. 3.13 Crude Oil. 3.14 Natural Gas. 3.2 Forecast of U.S. Energy Consumption thru 2025. 3.3 How Long Will Fossil Fuels Last?. 3.31 Estimation of Fossil Fuel Reserves. 3.32 The McKelvey Diagram. 3.33 Production of a Finite Resource. 3.34 The Logistic Production Curve Method. 3.4 Growth of Fossil Fuel Demand for Generation of Electricity. 3.5 Summary. References.
4. Sustainability of Energy Resources. 4.0 Sustainable Economic Development. 4.01 Indicators for Sustainable Energy Development. 4.02 Sustainable Energy Supply. 4.1 Sustainability of Electric Energy Demand. 4.11 The Electronic Way of Life. 4.12 A Continental Superconducting Grid. 4.13 The Hydrogen Fuel Era. 4.2 Natural Gas in Sustainable Energy Supply. 4.21 Petrochemical Use of Natural Gas. 4.22 Growth of Natural Gas Consumption in the United States. 4.23 Forecast of Natural Gas Consumption through 2025. 4.24 Natural Gas Supply and Reserves. 4.3 Natural Gas Commitment for Electric Power Generation. 4.4 Sustainability of Natural Gas as an Energy Resource. 4.5 Non-Fossil Energy Resources. 4.51 Growth of Alternate (Non-Fossil) Energy Use. 4.52 Forecast of Non-Fossil Energy Supply. 4.6 Summary. References.
5. Environmental Impact of Energy Consumption. 5.0 Historic Perspective. 5.1 Basics of Environmental Impact. 5.11 Relationship between Magnitude and Severity. 5.12 Consequences of Environmental Threat. 5.13 A Hypothetical Example of Magnitude-Severity Analysis. 5.2 The Saga of the Greenhouse Effect. 5.21 Components of the Saga. 5.3 Local Air Pollution from Automobile Exhaust. 5.31 Environmental Impact of Smog. 5.32 Nitrogen Oxides in Photochemical >Smog=. 5.33 Magnitude-Severity Aspects of Nitrogen Oxides. 5.4 Value of Air Quality Improvement in Transportation. 5.5 Some Data for the Los Angeles Air Basin. 5.6 Summary. References.
6. The Nuclear Energy Era. 6.0 Historic Perspective. 6.1 Basic Elements of Nuclear Science. 6.11 The Atomic Nucleus. 6.12 Isotopic Composition and Abundance. 6.13 Atomic Mass. 6.14 Equivalence of Mass and Energy. 6.15 Binding Energy. 6.16 Nuclear Stability. 6.17 Types of Radioactive Decay. 6.18 Properties of Radionuclides. 6.2 Basic Elements of Nuclear Power. 6.21 Nuclear Fission. 6.22 Available Energy from Uranium Fuel. 6.23 Nuclear Power Reactors. 6.24 The Light-Water Uranium Fuel Cycle. 6.25 Generation IV Nuclear Reactors. 6.26 Nuclear Safety. 6.27 Nuclear Waste. 6.3 The OKLO Natural Nuclear Reactors. 6.4 Thermonuclear Fusion. 6.5 Summary. References. 7. Renewable Energy Resources.
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