200 pages | 65 Color Illus.
Carbonaceous Materials and Future Energy: Clean and Renewable Energy Sources provides a systematic analysis of the emerging renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuel and its impact on the current socio-economic premise, with carbonaceous chemistry at its base. The present-day fossil-fuel dependent energy scenario is obsolete, rapidly decaying with resource-constraints, sparks climate change risks like global warming and therefore needs a technological revolution in terms of global energy sustainability. This book is a humble attempt at recognizing various contemporary as well as transpiring alternative state-of-the-art energy technologies as well as the immense potential carbon materials have in changing the face of the future energy. Carbon is the most earth-abundant material with an awe-inspiring range of allotropes that renders wonderful properties, like tunable morphology, electrical conductivity, impressive surface area etc., when explored in the nanoscale. Therefore, carbon has the ability to replace expensive and corrosive metals as electrodes in various existing energy technologies, especially in storage, conversion and harvesting. Carbon-based composite materials offer extensive mechanical strength, although super lightweight to be placed in portable devices and yet perform for longer times with a gift of recyclability.
In this book, discussions were carried out about the ecological impacts of the existing fossil-fuel based energy technologies along with various global energy prediction indicators that dictates the integrated risk, multi-scale changes as well as the need for sustainable alternatives. It also highlights various state-of-the-art renewable energy techniques, including solar PV, wind and other geothermal, bio-waste-based energy etc. Most importantly, recognition of hybrid energy storage and conversion systems as today’s most important and sustainable source of power based on carbonaceous materials, especially its abundance, tunability, and recyclability. The author then focuses on the integration of available experimental information with future prospects for delivering real-world solutions to existing energy-scarcity and helping to unravel sustainable routes with improved energy laws and policies.
This book gives an integrative overview about how the next-generation energy technology can be built upon the current and future prospect of carbonaceous chemistry. It includes extensive literature-survey analysis as well as detailed discussions on the commercialization from lab scale to realize the dream of decentralizing grid-based electric supply with sustainable energy. Therefore, the book may serve as a prospective source for multi-disciplinary energy researchersfor searching viable renewable energy solutions in terms of complex global sustainability, making it an essential guide and reference.
About the Author. Preface. Acknowledgments. Dedication. Introduction. Clean and renewable energy sources: Global comparison. Different allotropes of carbon, their structures and properties. Synthesis and characterization of carbonaceous materials. Rechargeable Battery technology. Supercapacitor (30p). Solar cell. Fuel cell. Electrocatalysis and photocatalysis. Nanogenerator. Carbonaceous materials-based hybrid energy technologies. State-of the-art renewable energy technology. Future Perspective.