Publisher description for Energy systems and sustainability / edited by Godfrey Boyle, Bob Everett, and Janet Ramage.

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Energy Systems and Sustainability provides a thorough introduction to the economic, social, environmental, and policy issues raised by current systems of energy use. In addition, it describes the key physical and engineering features of these systems. The book begins with an introductory account of the present world energy situation, which is followed by chapters that explain basic energy concepts and describe the magnitudes and patterns of human energy needs. The central part of the book deals with the historical evolution and present status of conventional fossil- and nuclear-fueled energy systems. These systems, along with hydropower and traditional biofuels, currently supply the majority of the world's commercial energy. In addition, a section on economics describes the basic methods by which the monetary costs of energy are calculated and discusses the external costs of energy production. The concluding sections deal with the sustainability problems associated with both fossil and nuclear fuel use and possible solutions using new technological developments. Energy Systems and Sustainability is the only text on the market that provides a fresh, contemporary perspective for an undergraduate audience. It is ideal for courses in energy, sustainable development, environmental science, and architecture. FEATURES BLIncludes extensive coverage of the important concepts and issues behind modern energy production BLProvides detailed descriptions of the main methods used to produce energy today BLLavishly illustrated with full-color photographs and diagrams BLPresents in-depth case studies and further explanations on more advanced topics in boxed sections throughout the text

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Renewable energy sources.
Power resources -- Environmental aspects.
Energy policy.