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The Future of Energy

By: , Posted on: May 12, 2014

Future of Energy CoverExtracting energy from the environment always involves some type of impact on the environment. Based on this principle, The Future of Energy discusses the sources, technologies, and trade-offs involved in meeting the world’s energy needs. Historical, scientific, and technical backgrounds set the stage for discussions on a wide range of energy sources, including conventional fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal, as well as emerging renewable energy sources like solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuels. Through this text, readers will learn that there are no truly “green” energy sources and understand the advantages and disadvantages involved in using each energy source.

Key Features

  • Each potential energy source includes discussions of trade-offs in economics, environmental, and policy implications
  • Examples and cases of implementing each technology are included throughout the book
  • Technical discussions are supported with equations, graphs, and tables
  • Includes discussions of carbon capture and sequestration as emerging technologies to manage carbon dioxide emissions

The following excerpt is from Brian’s new book The Future of Energy entitled “The Future of Oil and Hubbert’s Peak Oil Theory”. It provides an in-depth look at the real numbers behind peak oil, increased global demand and challenges Hubbert’s assumption that oil supply has in fact peaked and that decline of supply will occur rapidly in the coming decades.

Brian’s new book The Future of Energy is available for pre-order on the Elsevier Store. Use discount code “STC3014” and save 30% at checkout!

About the Author:

Brian_TowlerBrian F. Towler currently occupies the Petroleum Engineering chair in the Centre for Coal Seam Gas at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  He previously was Professor and CEAS Fellow for Hydrocarbon Energy Resources in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Wyoming for twenty six years and was department Chair from 2004-2008.

He is also an Associate Editor and Board Member of the Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, and a Registered Professional Engineer (Petroleum Engineering) in the state of Wyoming.


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