Nanotechnology and Energy
Science, Promises and Limits
“Energy is one of the major challenges faced by our society, while being a complex problem involving many facets of technology, social, economy and environmental. While discussing many of these aspects, this book provides a strong coverage of the state-of-art developments, particularly in membranes for carbon capture and future requirements for their deployment.”Prof. Joe da Costa, The University of Queensland, Australia
- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 9789814310819
- Subject: Green and Renewable Energy
- Published: September 2012
- Pages: 402
The importance of innovation in the way that energy is currently supplied is crucial given the finite resources and the impact of their use on the global environment in the form of climate change. Optimising the current energy supply and energy demand patterns or developing new conventional and renewable energy technologies to meet the ever-increasing global demand for energy will require groundbreaking advances in research, for example, to increase energy efficiency or enable the uptake of renewable energy in the market. Novel breakthroughs in the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology, as a cross-sectional technology, show potential to be applied across the whole value chain of the energy sector (energy sources, energy conversion, energy distribution, energy storage, and energy usage).
This book gives an impressive overview of nanotechnological applications within the value chain of the energy sector and evaluates selected applications and their direct and indirect impacts on the energy sector. It presents selected nanotechnological applications which influence the energy economy significantly. Furthermore, it is a comprehensive description of the impacts and outcomes of selected nanotechnological applications on energy consumption, energy sources, energy supply, and the energy industry in Germany and shows the potential of these applications for energy savings, improvement in energy efficiency, and reduction of emissions until 2030.
Challenges in the energy sector and the future role of nanotechnology (IER), Principles of Nanotechnology (IER), Innovation and economic potential of nanotechnology (Dr. Wolfgang Luther, VDI Technologie Zentrum), Risk and safety issues (Nils Boeing), Acceptance and perception of nanotechnology (Dr. Antje Grobe, ZIRN, Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Risikoforschung und nach-haltige Technikentwicklung), Overview on nanotechnology and Energy (Dr. Regine Hedderich, Nanomat), Aerogels for efficient use of energy (Dr. Gudrun Reichenauer, Bayerisches Zentrum fuer Angewandte Energieforschung e.V.), Nanotechnology for Wind Turbine Generator Applications (Henning Schröder, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Technology R&D and Erwin Wouterson, PhD, Vestas Technology R&D Singapore Pte Ltd), Dye solar cells (Dr.-Ing. Claus Lang-Koetz, Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation and Dr. Hinsch, Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme), Membrane technologies (Dr. Martin Bram, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH), Superconductors (Dr. Bernhardt Holzapfel, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, IFW Dresden), Thermoelectricity (Dr. Harald Böttner, Fraunhofer Institut für Physikalische Messtechnik), Nanotechnology in construction (Wenzhong Zhu, Scottish Centre for Nanotechnology in Construction Materials School of Engineering and Science University of the West of Scotland), smart windows (Prof. Dr. Hartmut Hillmer, Institute of Nanostructure Technologies and Analytics (INA) Technological Electronics, University of Kassel), Nanotechnology in production (Dr. Karl-Heinz Haas, Fraunhofer Institut für Silicatforschung), Environmental impact and energy demand of nanotechnology (Michael Steinfeldt, Universität Bremen), Potential analysis and assessment of the impact of nanotechnology on the energy sector until 2030 (IER)
“Energy is one of the major challenges faced by our society, while being a complex problem involving many facets of technology, social, economy and environmental. While discussing many of these aspects, this book provides a strong coverage of the state-of-art developments, particularly in membranes for carbon capture and future requirements for their deployment.”~Prof. Joe da Costa, The University of Queensland, Australia
“Very impressive! By reading this book, the reader gets a complete overview of the diverse facets of nanotechnology applications in the energy sector. The chapters describe the whole range from technological opportunities and challenges to chance and risk aspects, market needs and options for future vision and scenarios by applying nano-solutions. A valuable contribution in a quite new and promising technological application area.”~Dr. Gerd Bachmann, Zukünftige Technologien Consulting, Germany