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Carbon-Neutral Fuels and Energy Carriers

Editor(s): Nazim Z. Muradov, University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA; T. Veziroğlu, International Association for Hydrogen Energy, Miami, Florida, USA

ISBN: 9781439818572

Publication Date: July 19, 2011

Number of Pages: 848

Binding(s): Hardback

Features

Presents a comprehensive account of carbon-neutral energy sources and fuels that will become increasingly important in the future

Covers renewable, nuclear, and decarbonized fossil energy; hydrogen fuel, biofuels, and synthetic fuels; and photochemical, thermochemical, electrochemical, and biological systems

Analyzes the technical, economic, and environmental challenges hindering widespread commercial adoption of carbon-neutral technologies

Provides examples of the first successful commercial-scale projects

Includes contributions from world-renowned experts specializing in research areas ranging from photochemistry and fuel-generating enzymes to nuclear and clean transportation technologies

Summary

Concerns over an unstable energy supply and the adverse environmental impact of carbonaceous fuels have triggered considerable efforts worldwide to find carbon-free or low-carbon alternatives to conventional fossil fuels. Carbon-Neutral Fuels and Energy Carriers emphasizes the vital role of carbon-neutral energy sources, transportation fuels, and associated technologies for establishing a sustainable energy future. Each chapter draws on the insight of world-renowned experts in such diverse fields as photochemistry and electrochemistry, solar and nuclear energy, biofuels and synthetic fuels, carbon sequestration, and alternative fuel vehicles.

After an introductory chapter on different energy options in a carbon-constrained world and proposed measures to stabilize atmospheric CO2, the book analyzes the advantages and challenges facing the introduction of hydrogen fuel to the marketplace. It then examines the role of nuclear power in the production of carbon-free energy and fuels as well as the efficient use and storage of renewable energy resources, emphasizing the production of solar fuels from water and CO2. The book also discusses different aspects of bioenergy and biofuels production and use and the potential role of bio-inspired energy systems and industrial processes. The final chapters present a thorough overview and analysis of state-of-the-art fossil fuel decarbonization technologies and clean transportation options.

This authoritative work provides the information needed to make more informed choices regarding available clean energy and fuel alternatives. It helps readers to better understand the interconnection between energy and the environment as well as the potential impact of human activities on climate.

Table of Contents:

Energy Options in a Carbon-Constrained World: An Advent of Carbon-Neutral Technologies, Nazim Z. Muradov and T. Nejat Veziroğlu

Hydrogen Energy—Abundant, Efficient, Clean: A Debate over the Energy-System-of-Change, Carl-Jochen Winter

Nuclear Power for the Production of Carbon-Free Energy and Fuels, Kenneth R. Schultz, Maximilian B. Gorensek, J. Stephen Herring, Michele A. Lewis, Robert Moore, James E. O'Brien, Paul S. Pickard, Benjamin E. Russ, and William A. Summers

Solar Production of Fuels from Water and CO2, Gabriele Centi, Siglinda Perathoner, Rosalba Passalacqua, and Claudio Ampelli

Efficient Utilization of Solar, Wind, and Geothermal Energy Sources through Exergy Analysis, Arif Hepbasli

Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 to Fuels, Serguei N. Lvov, Justin R. Beck, and Mark S. LaBarbera

Energy Storage and Other Ways of Handling Intermittent Energy Production from Renewable Sources, Bent Sørensen

Energy Bionics: The Bio-Analogue Strategy for a Sustainable Energy Future, Helmut Tributsch

Synthetic Hydrocarbon Fuels from Lignocellulosic Biomass, Georg Schaub and Kyra Pabst

Fundamentals of Biohydrogen Production Processes, Chitralekha Nag Dasgupta and Debabrata Das

Photobiological and Photobiomimetic Production of Solar Fuels, Paul W. King, Katherine A. Brown, Kathleen Ratcliff, and Laura L. Beer

Fermentative Biofuels: Prospects of Practical Application, David B. Levin, Carlo Carere, Umesh Ramachandran, Tom Rydzak, and Jessica Saunders

Biofuels from Oily Biomass, Maximino Manzanera

Fossil Fuel Decarbonization: In the Quest for Clean and Lasting Fossil Energy, Nazim Z. Muradov

Clean Car Options for the Twenty-First Century, C.E. (Sandy) Thomas

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