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Energy Studies


Publishers

:

Imperial College Press, Amsterdam

Author

: 

W. Shepherd and D.W. Shepherd

Title

: 

Energy Studies

Year of Publication

: 

2014 (Third Edition)

Pages

: 

526

ISBN

: 

9781848168503

Reviewer

: 

Krishna B. Misra

Status

:

Review Complete


The book comprises 14 chapters, preceded by three Prefaces, and three Acknowledgements (to each edition of the book). Each chapter is appended by a set of Problems and Review Questions for students and a list of References.

Chapter 1

Energy and Power

28 Pages

 

Chapter 2

Energy Resources and Energy use

40 Pages

 

Chapter 3

Electricity

29 Pages

 

Chapter 4

Coal

36 Pages

 

Chapter 5

Oil

38 Pages

 

Chapter 6

Natural Gas

32 Pages

 

Chapter 7

Geothermal Energy

23 Pages

Chapter 8

Nuclear Energy

51 Pages

 

Chapter 9

Water Energy

45 Pages

 

Chapter 10

Wind Energy

50 Pages

 

Chapter 11

Solar Heating of Water or Air

49 Pages

 

Chapter 12

Solar Photovoltaic Conversion

32 Pages

 

Chapter 13

Biological Energy and Chemical Energy

28 Pages

 

Chapter 14

The Energy Future

09 Pages

 

ANSWERS (Chapter-wise)

21 Pages

 

Index

08 Pages

 

 

This is undoubtedly a complete compendium of energy sources, and of the problems associated with all energy options and data about their existing use and their potential. This reviewer finds this book most indispensable for all those who seek to have information practically about the sources of energy, viz., coal, oil, gas, nuclear, energy-studies978-1-84816-850-3hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, wave/tidal, solar and biological/chemical. The book is full of wealth of information that reader may seek about these sources of energy, equipment of harnessing the energy and principle and theoretical background thereof. Energy scenario across the world and the existing potential on their exploitation, and rate of depletion and use are all discussed along with the future of these sources of energy. Newer concepts of energy development have also been discussed wherever required. Actually, the book has evolved from the course materials used at the University of Bradford and Ohio University, U.S.A., where the authors have taught and developed the energy study courses. Solved problems in each chapter and the problems and Review questions at the end of each chapter are meant to sharpen the understanding of the material presented in the chapter. In fact, the authors have not left any information untouched which a student of energy study may want to know. For example, the problem of safety of nuclear energy which has had created worldwide concerns, particularly after some of the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents, has been presented in this book and the future exploitation of fusion energy in context of nuclear energy is also discussed. Renewable sources of energy make the presentation complete.

While the audience addressed is primarily post graduate and under graduate engineering students, the reviewer recommends this well-documented treatise on Energy Studies to anyone who intends to update information on various sources of energy and the background theory and details. Besides being of academic interests of graduate students and researchers, from the area of Energy Studies, the book will provide in depth background information for use to industrial engineers and entrepreneurs.

 

This review has been published in Vol. 11, No. 4, July 2015 issue of the IJPE

 

 
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