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Energy Science

Principles, Technologies, and Impacts

Fourth Edition

John Andrews and Nick Jelley

Publication Date - 19 February 2022

ISBN: 9780198854401

512 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock


Energy Science successfully integrate social, economic and environmental considerations with an accessible, quantitative approach to energy science.

This text introduces the latest energy technologies, explaining the physical principles underlying technology and discussing their environmental, economic, and social impacts. With a focus on the transition from fossil fuels to low-carbon sources of energy, the text enables students to evaluate the key sources of energy available, and introduces potential solutions to the energy problems facing us today.

A core text in the field, Energy Science is full of topical case studies and examples using current data to highlight the practical application of relevant theory. Discussion questions throughout the text encourage the development of deep critical thinking skills, ensuring that students are properly equipped to approach the energy challenges that lie ahead.

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.


  • 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.

About the Author(s)

John Andrews is Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol.

Nick Jelley is Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to energy science
    2. Essentials of thermal, chemical, and fluid energy
    3. Energy from fossil fuels
    4. Bioenergy
    5. Solar thermal and geothermal energy
    6. Hydropower, tidal power, and wave power
    7. Wind power
    8. Photovoltaics
    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

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