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"…a well-written review of the energy situation in the global context…a valuable addition to the literature." (CHOICE, October 2006)
"...exceptionally clear and engaging. For anyone interested in the subjects of energy, fossil fuels, and energy solutions, this book will be a valuable resource...worth reading and considering in detail." (Chemical & Engineering News, October 2, 2006)
"..I am pleased to recommend most enthusiastically this inexpensive, forward-looking, and inspiring book to anyone concerned with the major challenge of future energy and environmental problems--a central issue for our society." (The Chemical Educator, May/June 2006)
Following an introduction, Olah, Goeppert and Prakash look at the interrelation of fuels and energy, and at the extent of our non-renewable fossil fuel resources. Despite the diminishing reserve and global warming, the authors point out the continuing need for hydrocarbons and their products. They also discuss the envisioned hydrogen economy and its significant shortcomings. The main section then focuses on the methanol economy, including the conversion carbon dioxide from industrial exhausts (such as flue gases from fossil fuel burning power plants) and carbon dioxide contained in the atmoshere into convenient liquid methanol for fuel uses (notably in fuel cells) and as a raw material for hydrocarbons. The book is rounded off with a glimpse into the future.
A forward-looking and inspiring work regarding the major challenges of future energy and environmental problems.
A great reference on the past of energy use by humanity and some possible otions ahead of us...Published 3 months ago by pierre
I first read this book while working as an Analyst in a fuel cell & hydrogen start-up company. Back then in 2006 (1st ed. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Per Sune Koustrup
I am a researcher in fuel cells and other electrochemical applications, and this book is useful for understanding the costs and benefits of using methanol as an energy source.Published on January 8, 2011 by cjohnston2005
This book gives an excellent overview of the various energy options including coal, gas, oil, nuclear, solar and of course methanol and DME.Published on December 6, 2010 by domswi
A very useful review on current and future energy sources and energy carriers and an inspiring idea on methanol as a future carbon neutral energy carrier.Published on November 30, 2009 by Fagergren Carl
There's a lot of material out there from Olah, and much of it gets to be a little redundant. I found this book to contain a lot of good background information that can be used in... Read morePublished on September 1, 2009 by Joseph E. Coury
An excellent review of the topic. Special empasis is paid to biomass, which is understandable. However more innovative and more carbon free technologies are not given as much... Read morePublished on August 27, 2009 by James R. Roney
I read the book in one sitting. Repetition of many statements chapter after chapter made the book less convincing rather than more so. Read morePublished on December 30, 2008 by Steve Arrasmith