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Energy Science

Principles, Technologies, and Impacts

Fourth Edition

John Andrews and Nick Jelley

19 November 2021

ISBN: 9780198854401

512 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

The only book to successfully integrate social, economic and environmental considerations with an accessible, quantitative approach to energy science.


With a focus on the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, Energy Science provides a comprehensive overview of the latest energy technologies, combining an accessible but rigorous explanation of the physical principles behind energy science with a cohesive examination of its environmental, economic, and social impacts.

  • Covers the latest technological and conceptual advances in energy science
  • Specific pedagogical focus given to ensuring mathematical content is accessible to all students, regardless of academic background
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Greater emphasis on the challenges and urgent actions required in the transition from fossil fuels to low-carbon sources of energy, in particular the deployment of renewables
  • More focus on making the text engaging for a wide range of students, including its mathematical content
  • Explanations of recent developments in solar PV, off-shore wind, and battery technology, integrating renewables, heat pumps and power-to-hydrogen for decarbonizing heating, and the need to limit the cumulative emissions of CO2 to avoid dangerous climate change
  • More case studies from around the world looking at real-world energy issues and applications of energy technology

Table of Contents

    1:An introduction to energy science
    2:Essentials of thermal, chemical, and fluid energy
    3:Energy from fossil fuels
    5:Solar thermal and geothermal energy
    6:Hydropower, tidal power, and wave power
    7:Wind power
    9:Nuclear power
    10:Electricity and energy storage
    11:Energy demand in buildings, industry, and transport
    12:Energy and society: making the transition from fossil fuels to renewables


"Review from previous edition This is an excellent introduction to the physics behind energy production. It is easy to follow and provides helpful examples and case studies." - Dr Martin Wilding, Aberystwyth University

"The most comprehensive book I have seen that covers the fundamentals of energy science in detail whilst still providing enough bigger picture content to be highly relevant to all readers." - Dr Simon Smart, University of Queensland

"A very comprehensive textbook that covers the scientific principles behind the multitude of technologies we use to produce energy today." - Dr Alan Dunbar, University of Sheffield

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

The book is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources:
· The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
· Online resources include multiple choice questions and further reading links for students to enhance their understanding, and, for registered adopters, a solutions manual, PowerPoint slides, figures and tables from the book
· Updates coming in spring 2023 to reflect the most recent developments in energy science