The Resource Power density : a key to understanding energy sources and uses, Vaclav Smil

Power density : a key to understanding energy sources and uses, Vaclav Smil

Label
Power density : a key to understanding energy sources and uses
Title
Power density
Title remainder
a key to understanding energy sources and uses
Statement of responsibility
Vaclav Smil
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this book, Vaclav Smil argues that power density is a key determinant of the nature and dynamics of energy systems. Any understanding of complex energy systems must rely on quantitative measures of many fundamental variables. Power density -- the rate of energy flux per unit of area -- is an important but largely overlooked measure. Smil provides the first systematic, quantitative appraisal of power density, offering detailed reviews of the power densities of renewable energy flows, fossil fuels, thermal electricity generation, and all common energy uses. Smil shows that careful quantification, critical appraisals, and revealing comparisons of power densities make possible a deeper understanding of the ways we harness, convert, and use energies. Conscientious assessment of power densities, he argues, proves particularly revealing when contrasting the fossil fuel--based energy system with renewable energy conversions. Smil explains that modern civilization has evolved as a direct expression of the high power densities of fossil fuel extraction. He argues that our inevitable (and desirable) move to new energy arrangements involving conversions of lower-density renewable energy sources will require our society -- currently dominated by megacities and concentrated industrial production -- to undergo a profound spatial restructuring of its energy system
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smil, Vaclav
Dewey number
333.79
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TJ 163.245 .S65 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Energy level densities
  • Energy auditing
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Power resources
  • Energy auditing
  • Energy level densities
  • Power resources
  • Renewable energy sources
Label
Power density : a key to understanding energy sources and uses, Vaclav Smil
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-306) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How power density matters -- Quantitative keys to understanding energy -- Renewable energy flows -- Fossil fuels -- Thermal electricity generation -- Energy uses -- Making sense of power densities -- Energy transitions
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 306 pages
Isbn
9780262029148
Lccn
2014045995
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
In Memory of Frederick Louise Etter.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)897401827
  • (OCoLC)ocn897401827
Label
Power density : a key to understanding energy sources and uses, Vaclav Smil
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-306) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How power density matters -- Quantitative keys to understanding energy -- Renewable energy flows -- Fossil fuels -- Thermal electricity generation -- Energy uses -- Making sense of power densities -- Energy transitions
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 306 pages
Isbn
9780262029148
Lccn
2014045995
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
In Memory of Frederick Louise Etter.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)897401827
  • (OCoLC)ocn897401827

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