Alternative Energy – Neil Schlager, Jayne Weisblatt – 1st Edition


This three-volume set introduces researchers to issues surrounding both current energy sources and alternative energy options. While there is significant discussion of the non-renewable resources now used to meet the majority of the world’s energy needs (oil, coal and natural gas), the primary focus of the set is on newer options to meet the ever-growing demand.

These options include wind and solar energy, fuel cells, hydropower, geothermal power and biomass energy. In addition, more theoretical sources are also explored, including cold fusion, zero point energy and universal forces. Entries discuss the science behind the energy source, notable scientists and scientific discoveries, current examples of use, and the issues, challenges and obstacles to large-scale use. Arranged alphabetically by entry name.

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  • Chapter 1: Fossil Fuels
    Introduction: What are Fossil Fuels?
    Natural Gas
    Coal Gasification
    Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Propane and Butane
    Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether

    Chapter 2: Bioenergy
    Introduction: What Is Bioenergy?
    Solid Biomass
    Vegetable Oil Fuels
    Ethanol and Other Alcohol Fuels
    P-Series Fuels

    Chapter 3: Geothermal Energy
    Agricultural Applications
    Aquacultural Applications
    Geothermal Power Plants
    Geothermal Heating Applications
    Industrial Applications

    Chapter 4: Hydrogen
    Historical Overview
    Producing Hydrogen
    Using Hydrogen
    Transporting Hydrogen
    Distributing Hydrogen
    Storing Hydrogen
    Future Technology

    Chapter 5: Nuclear Energy
    Introduction: What Is Nuclear Energy?
    Nuclear Reactors

    Chapter 6: Solar Energy
    Introduction: What Is Solar Energy?
    Passive Solar Design
    Transpired Solar Collectors
    Solar Water Heating Systems
    Photovoltaic Cells
    Dish Systems
    Trough Systems
    Solar Ponds
    Solar Towers
    Solar Furnaces

    Chapter 7: Water Energy
    Introduction: What Is Water Energy?
    Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
    Tidal Power
    Ocean Wave Power

    Chapter 8: Wind Energy
    Historical Overview
    How Wind Energy Works
    Current and Future Technology
    Benefits and Drawbacks of Wind Energy
    Environmental Impact of Wind Energy
    Economic Impact of Wind Energy
    Societal Impact of Wind Energy
    Wind Turbines

    Chapter 9: Energy Conservation and Efficiency
    Introduction: What Are Energy Conservation and Efficiency?
    Climate Responsive Buildings
    Green Building Materials
    Energy Efficiency and Conservation in the Home
    Hybrid Vehicles

    Chapter 10: Theoretical Energy Sources
    Are Alternative Energy Sources Really Alternatives?
    Dreams for the Future
    Magnetic Levitation
    Zero Point Energy
    Perpetual Motion
    Cold Fusion
    Other Types of Fusion
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