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Green Energy: Sustainable Electricity Supply with Low Environmental Impact
defines the future of the world’s electricity supply system, exploring the key
issues associated with global warming, and which energy systems are best suited
to reducing it.
Electricity generation is a concentrated industry with a few sources of
emissions, which can be controlled or legislated against. This book explains
that a green sustainable electricity system is one whose construction,
installation, and operation minimally affect the environment and produce power
reliability at an affordable price. It addresses the question of how to build
such an electricity supply system to meet the demands of a growing population
without accelerating global warming or damaging the environment.
The green argument for conservation and renewable energies is a contradiction
in terms. Although they produce no emissions, because renewable systems are
composed of a large number of small units, a considerable amount of energy is
required to produce, erect, and maintain them. This book is a response to that
conundrum, answering key questions, such as:
How can renewables be exploited to contribute the greatest energy input?
Should coal be used for clean fuel and chemical production rather than for
How quickly can we start to build the Green Energy system?
The author has more than forty years of experience as an international
journalist reporting on power-generating technologies and on energy policies
around the world. Detailing the developmental history, and current state, of
the global nuclear industry, he discusses the dire, immediate need for large
quantities of clean, emission-free electric power, for both domestic and
industrial uses. This book details how current technologies—particularly
nuclear, combined cycle, and hydro—can be applied to satisfy safely the growing
energy demands in the future.