Energy: Modern Energy Storage, Conversion and Transmission in the 21st Century


Lars Rose (Editor)
Materials Engineering Department, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Series: Energy Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: TEC031000

One of the greatest challenges of mankind today is that the world population and the world’s energy consumption are continuously increasing. The majority of our power production derives from the combustion of fossil fuels, including coal, with additional significant contributions from hydroelectric and nuclear energy conversion. All of these energy conversion methods create different types of pollution. Fossil fuels are a finite resource of solar energy stored in floral and faunal fossils over many millions of years. The ever increasing demand for this finite and dwindling resource has the potential to significantly increase the cost of these resources.

Additionally, an undesirable consequence of the thermo-chemical conversion of fossil fuels by combustion is environmental contamination. The reaction products from combustion can be harmful to the environment and humans on a local scale, and may contribute to global climatic changes. Fossil fuel resources are unevenly distributed over the globe, leading to geopolitical unrest as a result of the competition for resource access. Clearly, the energy demands of our society need to be satisfied in a more appropriate, sustainable and efficient way. Beyond the production and clean conversion of energy with low emissions, the storage and transmission of energy have to be sustainably solved. Nanowires made from carbon fibres have been proposed as modern transmission lines with the potential to significantly reduce the losses inside the distribution networks. Other smart materials developments can result in cleaner energy conversion for our society. This work builds on the pioneer work performed by Nobel Prize winner, Richard Smalley, taking his vision of clean energy transmission through carbon structures into the second decade of the 21st century. (Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Modern Energy – Do We Have the Answers?
(Lars Rose, Materials Engineering Department, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada)

Chapter 2. Carbon Nanotubes and Energy
(Esteban E. Ureña-Benavides and Virginia A. Davis, Department of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA)

Chapter 3. A Review of Energy Saving Potential and Strategies for Electric Lighting in Future Low Energy Office Buildings
(Marie-Claude Dubois, Division of Energy and Building Design, Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering (LTH), Lund University, Sweden)

Chapter 4. Photovoltaic, Thermal and PV/T Solar Collectors: An Overview
(Marc A. Rosen, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario, Canada)

Chapter 5. Grid Integration Issues for Wind Power
(K. John Holmes, Lawrence T. Papay and Elizabeth A. Santori, US National Research Council, Washington, DC, USA, and others)

Chapter 6. Offshore Wind Energy
(Alexia Aubault and Dominique G. Roddier, Marine Innovation and Technology, Oakland, CA, USA)

Chapter 7. Building Integrated Wind Energy Conversion Systems for Future Cities
(Wen Tong Chong, Sin Chew Poh and Ahmad Fazlizan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Chapter 8. Energy and Exergy Performance Analysis of Heat Storage Systems
(Onyemaechi Valentine Ekechukwu, Howard O. Njoku and Samuel O. Onyegegbu, Research and Innovation, National Universities, Abuja, Nigeria, and others)

Chapter 9. Sustainable EU Monitoring – Efficiency of Consumption of Energy Resources
(Mirjana Golušin, Educons University, Sremska Kamenica, Serbia)

Chapter 10. Case Study: Economic Index of Energy Security – Monetization of All Costs Approach
(Mirjana Golušin, Holger Schlör and Jürgen-Friedrich Hake, Educons University, Sremska Kamenica, Serbia and others)

Chapter 11. Recent Advances in Algal Biofuels
(Lakshimi Mangamoori, Razif Harun, Ravicandra Pothumarti, Parcha Lakshmi and Michael K. Danquah, Institute of Science and Technology, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, and others)

Chapter 12. Physicochemical Investigation of Microalgal Cell Disruption Technologies with Energy Consumption Analysis
(Razif Harun and Michael K. Danquah, Bio Engineering Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, Victoria, Australia, and others)

Chapter 13. Microalgae Dewatering: Technology Advancement using Electrocoagulation
(Nyomi Uduman, Michael K. Danquah and Andrew F. A. Hoadley, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton, Victoria, Australia)


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