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The text is a comprehensive overview of energy both from a historical perspective and a picture into the future. read more
The text is a comprehensive overview of energy both from a historical perspective and a picture into the future.
Everything that I read in the text appeared to be accurate, error-free and unbiased.
The text is very relavent when looking at our current energy situation. It identifies problems within all technologies and policy, and presents the information in a way that will continue to be relavent for the next 10 years. I would have liked to see more written about small scale nuclear or small modular reactors as an option of the future since larger nuclear operations are being met with such resistance right now. Also, if we are considering hydro as a way forward, which we should, then more should have been said about pumped hydro being the most logical way forward since we have already exploited most places here in the US where large dams can be built.
Information is presented in a language familiar to all readers and breaks down industry language, so that nonindustry learners can understand the content.
The book is laid out and consistent all the way through.
The content is broken down into chapters that are relavent on their own. Each chapter contains just enough relavent information to not be too heady.
The topics are presented in logical order with the exception of the hydro and nuclear sections. I would think that ordering the nuclear and hydro chapters after fossil fuels would make more sense and be more congruent with the title of the text, Future Energy: Opportunities and Challenges. Both hydro and nuclear are older technologies.
The interface was functioning in all chapters I visited, read and explored. The one recommendation I would make is that when you navigate from the main page https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/future-energy-opportunities-challenges to the PDF page, https://trace.tennessee.edu/openbooks/1/, the chapters are not named on the PDF side. This makes navigation to a specific topic harder.
I found no grammatical errors.
In the chapters I visited, the author talked about energy technologies in other countries.
I visited 4 different chapters of this book and noted that some chapters did have more physics related information in the text. For being categorized under physics vs a general read, I would have expected to see more physics related information.
Table of Contents
- Part I. GETTING STARTED
- Chapter 1 – Introduction to the Energy Story
- Chapter 2 – Fundamentals
- Chapter 3 – Energy Production and Consumption
- Part II. ENERGY SOURCES
- Chapter 4 – Fossil Fuels
- Chapter 5 – Renewables
- Chapter 6 – Solar Energy
- Chapter 7 – Biofuels
- Chapter 8 – Wind Energy
- Chapter 9 – Hydroenergy
- Chapter 10 – Geothermal Energy
- Chapter 11 – Nuclear Energy
- Chapter 12 – Hydrogen
- Chapter 13 – Energy Transport
- Part III: ENERGY DEMAND
- Chapter 14 – Population and Energy Demand
- Chapter 15 – Residential Energy Use
- Chapter 16 – Commercial Energy Use
- Chapter 17 – Industrial Energy Use
- Chapter 18 – Transportation Energy Use
- Chapter 19 – Energy and Climate Change
- Chapter 20 – Energy Conservation and Efficiency
- Part IV: CREATING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
- Chapter 21 – Energy, Economics, and Government
- Chapter 22 – Summing Up
About the Book
How can we produce enough sustainable energy while avoiding unacceptable environmental consequences? To evaluate the various energy options, we must understand the science of each potential energy source and energy use technology. This book presents the science in an easy-to-understand way to enable readers to make informed decisions about what is possible and practical, and to choose lifestyle options to implement in their personal lives.
America and the world face daunting questions about how we produce energy and how we use it. Conservation and improved energy efficiency can help reduce energy requirements, but cannot halt the steady increase in energy consumption. An increasing world population and increasing energy appetites in emerging economies will create competition for energy resources for all nations.
The possibilities for future energy production include fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, coal, oil sands, and oil shale), biofuels, solar, wind, hydro-energy, geothermal, and nuclear (probably fission and possibly fusion). Each of these sources has relative advantages and disadvantages.
The problem is to produce enough sustainable energy while avoiding unacceptable environmental consequences, especially climate change. In order to evaluate the potential of the various energy options, one must understand the basic science that underlies each potential energy source and energy use technology. This knowledge will enable us to determine what is possible and practical and, maybe more importantly, what is impossible or impractical.
Fortunately most of the pertinent science is old, well established and, for the most part, quite simple. This science provides a framework into which one can insert real data and draw conclusions. Without such quantitative assessments, claims about capabilities of the various energy options must be viewed as unverified assumptions rather than hard facts. This book presents the essential science in an easy-to-understand, yet comprehensive way.
A big change in the ways that we produce and use energy is inevitable. Informed choices will help avoid waste, avoid unnecessary disruptions in our lives, and avoid undesirable environmental effects. The purpose of this book is to help the reader make informed decisions about which energy production technologies to support and which energy use technologies and lifestyle options to implement in his/her personal life.
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About the Contributors
Tom Kerlin retired as head of the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee in 1998, after serving on the faculty for 33 years. His professional interests include instrumentation, nuclear reactor simulation, and dynamic testing for model validation. He has published extensively on these topics.
In addition to his university service, Dr. Kerlin founded a spin-off company, Analysis and Measurement Services Corp., to provide the nuclear industry with the testing capability that he invented for safety system sensors. Dr. Kerlin’s method has been used hundreds of times in nuclear power plants in the U.S. and around the world.
Upon retiring, Dr. Kerlin studied the literature on energy production and use and concluded that there was a need for a comprehensive book on our future options that even non-specialists would understand. This book is the result.