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Biofuels, Solar and Wind as Renewable Energy Systems

Benefits and Risks

Editors: Pimentel, D. (Ed.)

  • Stimulates the discussion on the use of biomass for biofuels
  • Contributes to the growing interest in alternative energy sources
  • Features 20 chapters by worldwide experts in the field who illuminate the global discussion
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About this book

With shortages of fossil energy, especially oil and natural gas, and heavy biomass energy use occurring in both developed and developing countries, a major focus has developed worldwide on renewable energy systems. Renewable energy systems include wind power, biomass, photovoltaics, hydropower, solar thermal, thermal ponds, and biogas.

Currently, a heavy focus is on biofuels made from crops, such as corn, sugarcane, and soybeans, for use as renewable energy sources. Wood and crop residues also are being used as fuel. Though it may seem beneficial to use renewable plant materials for biofuel, the use of crop residues and other biomass for biofuels raises many concerns about major environmental problems, including food shortages and serious destruction of vital soil resources.

All renewable energy systems need to be investigated because humankind has only about 40 years of oil and gas reserves remaining. There is a 50 to 100 year supply of coal resources in the ground, but coal will become increasingly difficult to extract and will greatly increase the global warming threat.

Serious energy conservation and research on viable renewable energy technologies are needed. This book considers the effectiveness and economics of several renewable energy technologies of current interest, including biofuels, solar and wind.

About the authors

David Pimentel is a professor of ecology and agricultural sciences at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-0901. His Ph.D. is from Cornell University. His research spans the fields of energy, ecological and economic aspects of pest control, biological control, biotechnology, sustainable agriculture, land and water conservation, and environmental policy. Pimentel has published more than 600 scientific papers and 25 books and has served on many national and government committees including the National Academy of Sciences; President’s Science Advisory Council; U.S Department of Agriculture; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare; Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress; and the U.S. State Department.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The book dedicates most of its 20 chapters to biofuels … . The test is well referenced … . The collection amasses evidence for one side of the increasingly polarized debate about biofuels. It is an important addition to libraries that include works on biofuels … . Summing Up: Recommended. Professional and academic audiences, upper-division undergraduates and up." (M. K. Bomford, Choice, Vol. 46 (7), March, 2009)


Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Renewable and Solar Energy Technologies: Energy and Environmental Issues

    Pimentel, David

    Pages 1-17

  • Can the Earth Deliver the Biomass-for-Fuel we Demand?

    Patzek, Tad W.

    Pages 19-55

  • A Review of the Economic Rewards and Risks of Ethanol Production

    Swenson, David

    Pages 57-78

  • Subsidies to Ethanol in the United States

    Koplow, Doug (et al.)

    Pages 79-108

  • Peak Oil, EROI, Investments and the Economy in an Uncertain Future

    Hall, Charles A. S. (et al.)

    Pages 109-132

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4020-8653-3
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biofuels, Solar and Wind as Renewable Energy Systems
Book Subtitle
Benefits and Risks
Editors
  • D. Pimentel
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Atlantic Pub. & Distr. (P) Ltd., New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8654-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8654-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8653-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7945-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 504
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