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


This three-volume set introduces researchers to issues surrounding both current 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 and universal forces. Entries discuss the science behind the energy source, notable scientists and discoveries, current examples of use, and the issues, challenges and obstacles to large-scale use. Arranged alphabetically by entry name.

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Table of Contents

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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