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Presents fifteen cases of technology applications in the energy and environment sectors, including solar, wind, fuel cell, nuclear, coal combustion and emission control technologies. The case studies demonstrate the importance of an interdisciplinary approach, integrating technical and non-technical aspects of the problem.
1. Introduction; 2. Gasohol; 3. Solar thermal, windpower and photovoltaic technologies; 4. Electricity from coal; 5. Controlling acid rain from coal-fired power plants; 6. Greenhouse gases and global warming; 7. Nuclear power and its fuel cycle; 8. Managing nuclear waste; 9. Nuclear power and weapons proliferation; 10. Natural gas; 11. Safety and risk: examples from the liquefied natural gas and nuclear industries; 12. Synthetic fuels; 13. Fuel cells for automobiles; 14. Energy models and statistics; 15. The government's role in innovation; 16. Conclusions.