Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Sustainable Energy: Choosing among Options

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Sustainable Energy: Choosing among Options

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Review: Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options By Jefferson W. Tester ...[et al.]. Reviewed by Umar Karim Mirza Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Pakistan Jefferson W. Tester, Elisabeth M. Drake, Michael J. Driscoll, Michael W. Golay and William A. Peters. Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005. 872 pp. ISBN: 0-262-20153-4, US$78.00 (cloth). Alkaline paper.

All the authors of Sustainable Energy are associated with MIT. Jefferson W. Tester is H. P. Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering, Elisabeth M. Drake is Associate Director of the Energy Laboratory, Emeritus, Michael J. Driscoll is Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Emeritus, Michael W. Golay is Professor of Nuclear Engineering, and William A. Peters is Executive Director of the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies.

The book gives a detailed overview of energy resources available today, their economic evaluation and the technologies to exploit them. Some of the emerging technologies are also presented. A detailed account of the effects of energy use on environment and energy sustainability is given as well.

Chapter 1 defines sustainable energy as the engine of sustainable development. The second chapter gives an idea about estimation and evaluation of energy resources. Units of measurement are discussed and difference forms of energy are compared as well. Chapter 3 elaborates thermodynamics and transport of heat energy. Local, regional, and global environmental effects of energy are described in Chapter 4. Adverse effects as well as benefits are discussed. Economic evaluation of energy projects is provided in Chapter 5. …

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