1st Edition

Energy and the New Reality 2
Carbon-free Energy Supply

ISBN 9781849710732
Published April 30, 2010 by Routledge
640 Pages

USD $84.95

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Book Description

Transforming our energy supplies to be more sustainable is seen by many to be the biggest challenge of our times. In this comprehensive textbook, L. D. Danny Harvey sets out in unprecedented detail the path we must take to minimize the effects that the way we harness energy will have on future climate change.

The book opens by highlighting the importance of moving to low carbon technologies for generation, then moves on to explain the functioning, potential and social/environmental issues around:

  • solar energy 
  • wind energy
  • biomass energy
  • geothermal energy
  • hydroelectric power
  • ocean energy 
  • nuclear energy.

It also covers the options for carbon capture and storage and the contexts in which low carbon energy can best be utilized (potential for community integrated systems, and the hydrogen economy). The book closes with scenarios that combine the findings from its companion volume (concerning the potential for limiting future energy demand) with the findings from this volume (concerning the cost and potential of C-free energy systems) to generate scenarios that succeed in limiting future atmospheric CO2 concentration to no more than 450 ppmv. Detailed yet accessible, meticulously researched and reviewed, this work constitutes an indispensible textbook and reference for students and practitioners in sustainable energy and engineering.


Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements 1. Introduction and key points from companion volume 2. Solar Energy 3. Wind Energy 4. Biomass Energy 5. Geothermal Energy 6. Hydroelectric Power 7. Ocean Energy 8. Nuclear Energy 9. Carbon capture and storage 10. The Hydrogen Economy 11. Community Integrated Energy Systems with Renewable Energy 12. Integrated Scenarios Index

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Danny Harvey is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. He began his career over 25 years ago in the area of computer climate simulation and analysis, but has gradually shifted to the analysis of energy systems and prospects for stabilizing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations at relatively non-threatening levels. He is author of the Handbook on Low-Energy Buildings and Community-Integrated Energy Systems, which provides a comprehensive guide on how to design buildings to use one-quarter of the energy compared to current conventional practice.


'An impressive and comprehensive textbook.' Godfrey Boyle, Professor of Renewable Energy, The Open University, UK 'Provides a balance of energy technology and energy systems tutorial, balanced with an excellent education in the climate-energy nexus. As energy advances to be the 'front burner' issue that it needs to be and remain, texts like this are vitally needed for the new generation of energy researchers and leaders.' Daniel M. Kammen, Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy, University of California 'Carbon-Free Energy Supply is an impressive and comprehensive textbook. It concentrates on renewables but also includes nuclear power and fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage. It clearly demonstrates the technological and economic feasibility of a carbon-free future for the world.' Godfrey Boyle, Professor of Renewable Energy, The Open University, UK 'This book is a significant step forward for understanding how climate change mitigation can be effectively deployed. Technical and economic issues for each of the possible paths to achieve the goal are exhaustively presented, well documented and properly evaluated.' Professor Jos Roberto Moreira, Brazilian Reference Center on Biomass, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil 'Writing in an accessible but detailed manner, Harvey has produced a highly diversive book which will be of use to both students and practitioners.' Enagri 'An excellent new textbook.' Renew Praise for Energy and the New Reality Two-Volume Set 'The approach is detailed and technical and should be useful as a reference work... Overall, it's an outstanding package... Recommended.' Renew