- Series: Green Energy and Technology
- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (March 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447128125
- ISBN-13: 978-1447128120
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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The Power Makers' Challenge: And the Need for Fission Energy (Green Energy and Technology) 2012th Edition
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From the Back Cover
The Power Makers - the producers of our electricity - must meet the demands of their customers while also addressing the threat of climate change. There are widely differing views about solutions to electricity generation in an emission constrained world. Some see the problem as relatively straight forward, requiring deep cuts in emissions now by improving energy efficiency, energy conservation and using only renewable resources. Many electricity industry engineers and scientists see the problem as being much more involved.
The Power Makers ’ Challenge: and the need for Fission Energy looks at why using only conventional renewable energy sources is not quite as simple as it seems. Following a general introduction to electricity and its distribution, the author quantifies the reductions needed in greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector in the face of ever increasing world demands for electricity. It provides some much needed background on the many energy sources available for producing electricity and discusses their advantages and limitations to meet both the emission reduction challenge and electricity demand.
By analyzing the three main groups of energy sources: renewable energy, fossil fuels and fission energy (nuclear power), readers can assess the ability of each group to meet the challenge of both reducing emissions and maintaining reliable supply at least cost. It is written for both non-technical and technical readers.
About the Author
Martin Nicholson studied mathematics, engineering and electrical sciences at Cambridge University in the UK and graduated with a Masters degree in 1974. He has spent most of his working life as business owner and chief executive of a number of information technology companies in Australia. His first book, Energy in a Changing Climate, was first published in 2009.
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This books is a simply excellent reference text for those wishing to understand how our electricity networks function, from the point of view of those who are tasked with ensuring reliable, good quality electricity.
One of the great strengths of this book is that the reader will leave it well-versed in the terminology required for a better level of discussion about electricity networks. I refer to issues like capacity factor, capacity credit, dispatchability, reliability, reserve capacity, base/intermediate/peak load etc. If you feel like you need to understand these matters better, this books is a great choice.
The other great strength is the well-referenced and impartial discussion of the strengths and limitations of different generating sources, which makes a great deal of sense on the basis of the improved understanding of task of providing reliable electricity to a network. The discussion of nuclear power (or fission energy) is excellent and very detailed.
The price of the book is unfortunate. In my position as a sustainability professional with a strong interest in energy, it was worth every dollar for the quality.