Energy Use Worldwide: A Reference Handbook

Energy Use Worldwide: A Reference Handbook

Energy Use Worldwide: A Reference Handbook

Energy Use Worldwide: A Reference Handbook

Synopsis

Global energy needs have increased dramatically over the past 100 years, and they will continue to increase, creating energy, environmental, and social crises. Can we solve this problem?The first step, according to the authors of Energy Use Worldwide: A Reference Handbook, is to understand fundamental energy issues. Combining their knowledge from the complementary fields of science and policy, the authors begin by explaining the basic facts of energyaewhat it is, where it comes from, why it is important. Then they show how energy use is linked to global economics, identify key players, and examine the social and environmental consequences of our energy decisions. For readers interested inaeor worried aboutaeour use of fossil fuels, this book provides a keen understanding of both the problem and the possible solutions."

Excerpt

Energy is an essential part of our world. Plants depend on solar energy to grow; our bodies depend on food energy to maintain their metabolism; our society depends on energy for electricity, transportation, and industry. This chapter provides an overview of the fundamental aspects of energy: what it is, where it comes from, how it is measured, why it is important to society, and the historical development of energy resources globally. The first part of this chapter describes the physical properties and fundamental concepts of energy. The second part of the chapter discusses renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy and how these sources are converted into energy used by society. Finally, a third part highlights important historical events in energy use.

Energy Concepts

Because energy makes up such a large part of our world, it is important to understand the basic physical concepts of energy and where it comes from. This section examines physical definitions, energy conversion and efficiency, electricity generation, and energy units. These topics are fundamental in the disciplines of physics and engineering. Physics is a subject that explains many of the energy dynamics observed in our world. Engineering is a field that utilizes physical laws to design systems for harnessing . . .

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