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Physics and Technology of Sustainable Energy

E. L. Wolf


This is a physics textbook describing, at a college level, the physics and technology needed to provide sustainable long-term energy, past the era of fossil fuels. A summary is given of global power generation and consumption, with estimates of times until conventional fuels will deplete. Sustainable power sources, largely those coming from the Sun directly or indirectly, are described. As sustainable energy must preserve the Earth’s atmosphere and climate, key elements of these topics are included. Key energy technologies in this book include photovoltaics, wind turbines and the electric powe ... More

Keywords: solar cell, nuclear fusion, Tokamak, wind turbine, greenhouse gas, transmission line, semiconductor, fossil fuel, ice age, global warming

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198769804
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198769804.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. L. Wolf, author
Professor of Physics, Department of Applied Physics, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, USA