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Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options Hardcover – June 10, 2005

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"For some time I have searched for a comprehensive text on sustainable energy, and I have found it here. This book by Jefferson Tester and his colleagues will be the field's benchmark in the future. It is wonderfully broad in scope, yet detailed in its presentation of the material."--Fred K. Browand, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California



"At last, sustainable energy can be taught from a single textbook one that is balanced, worldly, comprehensive, and challenging. Watch out, teachers! Science and engineering students are going to demand courses that use this book." Robert Socolow, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University



" Sustainable Energy provides the intellectual tools and perspectives needed to devise a sound strategy for ensuring sustainability." Jack Gibbons, former Presidential Science Advisor and former Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy



"This book with its references and links is an excellent source text for anyone considering a course on energy options for the future and for anyone else interested in understanding the science and argument which underlie the debate on energy options for a sustainable future." R. John Sandeman International Journal of Environmental Studies



"At last, sustainable energy can be taught from a single textbook -- one that is balanced, worldly, comprehensive, and challenging. Watch out, teachers! Science and engineering students are going to demand courses that use this book."--Robert Socolow, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

About the Author

Jefferson W. Tester is Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems at Cornell University.

Elisabeth M. Drake is Emeritus Researcher at the MIT Energy Initiative.

Michael J. Driscoll is Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT.

Michael W. Golay is Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT.

William A. Peters is Executive Director of the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at MIT.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 872 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (June 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262201534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262201537
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Rorabaugh on October 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This was a well written text book that gives an introduction to a great number of important fields. It does a particularly good job giving a fair treatment to some options that are often overlooked in books on sustainable energy such as geothermal and nuclear energy. It also gives a good background in the economics of electricity and liquid fuels.

It is however already quite dated. The book was published right before the price of oil started to soar, and completely didn't see it coming. Many statements support the idea that oil will be cheap for many decades to come. They certainly were not alone in not seeing this coming, but it is sometimes hard to take them seriously on other subjects when they keep referring back to the low price of oil.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on March 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been working in the energy field for the past few years, and this is one of the few references I've found that describes all of our energy options with real depth. Information is well organized and systematically laid out. The book is, as others have pointed out, unfortunately already outdated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By energy on October 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you're a beginner or someone with more experience, this is the "one book" to purchase in the area of energy and sustainability. Useful, practical content at a level that allows you to refresh or build on your knowledge in the area.
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By Jessica on April 11, 2014
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This book was one I was required to buy for a class, and it was overall an interesting book, with a large repertoire of information. There are only two problems I want to highlight. One, the book was very wordy and somewhat informal. This might be better for some people but it was not something I liked. I felt I could have been told the information much more succinctly. Two, the questions at the end of the book (which are presumably used for homework, as they were in my case) were horrible. To answer the questions it takes many external resources as the book does not delve deeply enough into its own themes. There were also a few typos in the book, but I have yet to encounter a textbook that does *not* have typos.
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We are consuming our world, there is no doubt about it... the main problem today are greenhouse gases and the planet overheating... but the truth is that earth passed during the past milleniums trough a serie of climate changes, some of them with the presence of human beings, some other without humans. Our kind already faced one ice age, but... are we ready to face a new climate change?, the earth will survive, but, if we are not ready to face this changes, will we survive this??
This book is a overview of what human activity have done to our planet, and some answers on how to reverse the situation. Maybe we still have some time to react...
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By Mohammad Rafati on September 6, 2013
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I use this book as the reference for Sustainable Energy Systems course in my program of study. It's a thousand-pages book which covers many aspects of sustainability around various energy sources. I have gone just through two first chapters of the book and cannot provide more comments about the contents. I got the book from "firstclassbooks" which was slightly cheaper that other sellers. Packaging was OK and it was delivered in 7 days which is pretty normal for standard shipping.
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As a student with little to no experience in the field, some topics and language can be overwhelming. As an electrical engineer, I have some background into the technologies presented. However, some concepts are either presented lightly or ambiguously. The later chapters cover some technologies in-depth and present their uses and future well. However, the intro chapters present a steep learning curve for the reader.

Would recommend as a reference.
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By Brett Bennett on February 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. It is relevant and puts the current energy issue in quantitative terms that are understandable. It is not "Energy resources for Dummies," so I will warn you of that. But if your brain works, you enjoy learning, and you aren't afraid of graphs and tables, you will find that this book is packed with fascinating information.
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