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Title:
Energy systems and sustainability
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Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2003
ISBN:
9780199261796
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This book was produced as a major component of the Open Universitys second level undergraduate course T206 Energy for a Sustainable Future
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Summary

Today energy and sustainability are areas of primary concern. Energy Systems and Sustainability provides a thorough introduction to the economic, social, environmental and policy issues raised by current systems of energy use, as well as describing their key physical and engineering features.The book begins with an introductory account of the present world energy situation. This is followed by chapters explaining basic energy concepts and describing the magnitudes and patterns of human energy needs.The central part of the book deals with the historical evolution and present status of the conventional fossil and nuclear fuelled energy systems that, along with hydropower and traditional biofuels, currently supply the majority of the world's commercial energy needs. A section on economicsdescribes the basic methods by which the monetary costs of energy are calculated, and discusses the issue of the 'external' costs of energy production.The concluding sections then deal with the sustainability problems associated with both fossil and nuclear fuel use, and ways in which these might be ameliorated by various technological developments.The interdisciplinary approach of the book will appeal not only to specialists but also to non-specialist readers who wish to improve their understanding of these complex and increasingly important issues.This book will be an ideal companion to the forthcoming second edition of Renewable Energy by Godfrey Boyle, which deals with the different forms of renewable energy and how these can be utilised.


Author Notes

Godfrey Boyle is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Design and Innovation and co-director of the Energy and Environment Research Unit at the UK Open University. Dr Bob Everett is a Lecturer in the Department of Design and Innovation and a member of the Energy and Environment Research Unitat the UK Open University. Dr Janet Ramage is a visiting Lecturer in the Department of Design and Innovation and a member of the Energy and Environment Research Unit at the UK Open University.


Table of Contents

1 Introductory OverviewGodfrey Boyle
2 Primary EnergyJanet Ramage and Bob Everett
3 Energy NeedsBob Everett and Janet Ramage
4 Forms of EnergyJanet Ramage
5 CoalJanet Ramage
6 Heat to Motive PowerJanet Ramage and Bob Everett
7 Oil and GasDavid Crabbe
8 Oil and Gas EnginesBob Everett
9 ElectricityBob Everett
10 Nuclear PowerDavid Elliott
11 The Future of Nuclear PowerDavid Elliott
12 Costing EnergyBob Everett
13 PenaltiesGodfrey Boyle and Janet Ramage and David Elliott
14 RemediesGodfrey Boyle