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PART I: BACKGROUND. 1. Introduction. 2. Energy Basics. 3. Past, Present, and Future World Energy Use. PART II: FOSSIL FUELS. 4. Fossil Fuel Resources and Use. 5. Environmental Consequences of Fossil Fuel Use. PART III: NUCLEAR ENERGY. 6. Some Basic Nuclear Physics. 7. Energy from Nuclear Fission. 8. Energy from Nuclear Fusion. PART IV: RENEWABLE ENERGY. 9. Direct Use of Solar Energy. 10. Electricity from Solar Energy. 11. Wind Energy. 12. Hydroelectric Energy. 13. Wave Energy. 14. Tidal Energy. 15. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion and Ocean Salinity Gradient Energy. 16. Geothermal Energy. 17. Biomass Energy. PART V: ENERGY STORAGE, CONSERVATION, AND TRANSPORTATION. 18. Energy Storage. 19. Energy Conservation. 20. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). 21. Hydrogen. PART VI: THE FUTURE. 22. Future Prospects and Design Projects. Appendix A: Powers of Ten. Appendix B: Physical Constants. Appendix C: Energy Conversion Factors. Appendix D: Miscellaneous Conversion Factors. Appendix E: Energy Content of Fuels. Appendix F: R-values in Metric and British Units. Appendix G: The Elements. Appendix H: Table of Acronyms.
Richard A. Dunlap is a professor in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University and has a cross-appointment in the College of Sustainability. He received a B.S. in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1974), an A.M. in Physics from Dartmouth College (1976) and a Ph.D. in Physics from Clark University (1981). Since 1981 he has been on the faculty at Dalhousie University. From 2001 to 2006 he was Killam Research Professor of Physics, and since 2009 he has been Director of the Dalhousie University Institute for Research in Materials. He currently is a member of the DREAMS Program (Dalhousie Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability). Prof. Dunlap is author of three previous text books Experimental Physics: Modern Methods (Oxford 1988), The Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Numbers (World Scientific 1997) and An Introduction to the Physics of Nuclei and Particles (Brooks/Cole 2004). Over the years his research interests have included critical phenomena, magnetic materials, amorphous materials, quasicrystals, hydrogen storage, and superconductivity. His current research activities are primarily in the area of materials for advanced rechargeable batteries. He has published more than 280 refereed research papers.
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