Focusing on trends in energy supply and demand, this text provides students with a comprehensive account of the subject and an understanding of how to use data analysis and modeling to make future projections and study climate impacts. Developments in technology and policy are discussed in depth, including the role of coal, the fracking revolutions for oil and gas, the electricity grid, wind and solar power, battery storage, and biofuels. Trends in demand are also detailed, with analysis of industrial demands such as LEDs, air conditioning, heat pumps, and information technology, and the transportation demands of railroads, ships, and cars (including electric vehicles). The environmental impacts of the energy industry are considered throughout, and a full chapter is dedicated to climate change. Real-life case studies and examples add context, and over 400 full-color figures illustrate key concepts. Accompanied by a package of online resources including solutions, video examples, sample data, and PowerPoint slides, this is an ideal text for courses on energy and is accessible to a range of students from engineering and related disciplines.Read more
- Written in a fresh, engaging style accessible to students from a range of backgrounds
- Case studies and examples demonstrate the successes and failures of real-life models, policies, and industry developments
- Focuses on trends and projections, with an emphasis on climate impacts
- End of chapter exercises are included for homework and self-study, along with lists of key concepts to review
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'Filled with relevant facts, this book gives a unique insight into the many feedback mechanisms in the global energy balance. The connection to historical events and specific technological milestones, such as the invention of oral contraceptives, is eye-opening. Clear and no-nonsense data analysis teaches the reader a critical and quantitative approach to understanding energy supply and demand, and brings the topic to a personal level.' Zoya Popovic, University of Colorado, BoulderSee more reviews
'Rutledge’s book provides a thorough coverage of developments in technology, trends in demand, and the environmental impacts of the energy industry. Unlike traditional texts, topics are explained with real-life case studies and remarkable details of history. Amazingly illustrated with photos and pictures, this is the most comprehensive textbook that I know.' Birce Dikici, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida
'The historical background that is given in Energy: Supply and Demand is interesting and provides insight into how our energy industry has developed. This adds important context to the excellent quantitative and analytic approach to energy found throughout the book. I highly recommend Energy: Supply and Demand.' Michael Elmore, State University of New York at Binghamton
'Profusely illustrated with charts, photographs, and maps, David B. Rutledge's book is a delightful exposition of the technical, social, political, and environmental aspects of energy supply and demand. Interspersing historical data, biographical vignettes, and the elements of statistical analysis and engineering concepts, it takes the reader on a journey that details how we have utilized energy and exploited our natural resources over the last two centuries.' Joe Shepherd, California Institute of Technology
'Energy: Supply and Demand is a fascinating journey across time, space, and energy resources. Chapter by chapter, Professor Rutledge grasps the students’ and the general readers’ attention with historical perspectives and then takes them through fundamental physics, engineering, and economics arguments. A modern guide to navigating a changing energy world where supply and demand will no longer be what they used to.' Pierluigi Mancarella, University of Manchester and University of Melbourne
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- Date Published: December 2019
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107031074
- dimensions: 254 x 198 x 28 mm
- weight: 1.25kg
- contains: 450 colour illus. 41 tables 64 exercises
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
2. Horses, whales, and wood
6. Farming and fishing
7. Electricity and the alternatives
8. Stationary demand
9. Transportation demand
10. Climate change.
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