Alternative energy resources The quest for sustainable energy

Paul Kruger, 1925-

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Published
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley c2006.
Language
English
Physical Description
xxiv, 248 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
0471772089
9780471772088
Main Author
Paul Kruger, 1925- (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

As the price of petroleum products increases, the world is scrambling to find a suitable replacement energy source. In this comprehensive primer, Professor Paul Kruger examines energy use throughout history and the exponential expansion of our energy use beginning with the Industrial Revolution through the present day. The book then analyzes the various alternative energy sources available, including renewable energy (hydroelectric, solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal), nuclear, and hydrogen. He addresses each energy source's pros and cons based on our needs, availability, and environmental impact aspects. Finally, Dr. Kruger proposes the use of hydrogen as a fuel to sustain our energy supply produced by appropriate technology mixtures of renewable and nuclear energy.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Kruger (emeritus, Stanford U.) formed the book from notes for a course introducing freshmen and sophomore students to the potential for understanding the potential of hydrogen as a large-scale energy fuel produced by a mix of renewable and nuclear energy; and encouraging them to become engaged at an early stage in developing the technology, a process he estimates will take 50 years. He analyzes the background of the human quest for abundant energy, the growth in awareness of a world with finite fossil fuel resources and a finite capacity to absorb waste products that pollute the environment, and how a transition from fossil fuels to hydrogen fuel in transportation might help the situation. It is unclear whether his field is economics, chemistry, physics, or environmental science. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A balanced introduction to tomorrow's energy sources Over the course of the next fifty years, there will be a shift in the quest for sustainble energy, including a major change in transportation from internal combustion engines burning petroleum-derived fuels to newer technology engines using new transportation fuels. Alternative Energy Reources examines our options for energy sources with a focus on hydrogen as a large-scale, secondary energy vector parallel to electricity. As the price of petroleum products increases, the world is scrambling to find a suitable replacement energy source. In this comprehensive primer, Professor Paul Kruger examines energy use throughout history and the exponential expansion of our energy use beginning with the Industrial Revolution through the present day. The book then analyzes the various alternative energy sources available, including renewable energy (hydroelectric, solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal), nuclear, and hydrogen. He addresses each energy source's pros and cons based on our needs, availability, and environmental impact aspects. Finally, Dr. Kruger proposes the use of hydrogen as a fuel to sustain our energy supply produced by appropriate technology mixtures of renewable and nuclear energy.