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Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy [Hardcover]

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In this masterpiece, the renowned chemistry Nobel Laureate, George A. Olah and his colleagues discuss in a clear and readily accessible manner the use of methanol as a viable alternative to our diminishing fossil fuel resources. They look at the pros and cons of our current main energy sources, namely oil and natural gas, and varied renewable energies, and new ways to overcome obstacles.

Following an introduction, Olah, Goeppert and Prakash look at the interrelation of fuels and energy, and at the extent of our non-renewable fossil fuel resources. Despite the diminishing reserve and global warming, the authors point out the continuing need for hydrocarbons and their products. They also discuss the envisioned hydrogen economy and its significant shortcomings. The main section then focuses on the methanol economy, including the conversion carbon dioxide from industrial exhausts (such as flue gases from fossil fuel burning power plants) and carbon dioxide contained in the atmoshere into convenient liquid methanol for fuel uses (notably in fuel cells) and as a raw material for hydrocarbons. The book is rounded off with a glimpse into the future.

A forward-looking and inspiring work regarding the major challenges of future energy and environmental problems.

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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.6" Width: 6.8" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 23, 2006
Publisher   Wiley-VCH
ISBN  3527312757  
ISBN13  9783527312757  

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More About George A. Olah

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! GEORGE A. OLAH, PhD, was awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in hydrocarbon chemistry. He is Director of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

ARPAD MOLNAR, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Szeged, Hungary.

George A. Olah was born in 1927 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles Loker Hydrocarbon Research I.

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Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy   Aug 24, 2008
Great. Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy; by George A. Olah, introduced a good penetrating view into the future of energy.
Applied science working with books from "".  Jan 2, 2008
This is a good book for science study. We found it suitable for our research and reference it in our educational WEB site [].
This book was needed when we launched the "California Methanol Experiment" in 1980. On page 208 it mentions one aspect of "Eventually the CO2 content of the atmosphere itself will be similarly recycled, freeing human kind from its dependence on fossil fuels....".
That is exactly what our new engines do as documented in the new patent we filed on December 4, 2006. There is hope if the politics of oil can be improved. This book varifies the potential of water based fuels.
MEtahnol Economy  Dec 23, 2007
This is a wonderful book, masterly written, both for experts in chemistry, economy and public at large. Such an achievement is rare. I strongly recommend this book. M Apostol
Wake up, world  Oct 1, 2007
The extraordinarily wide-ranging review of our major energy sources should be manadtory reading for everybody.

The case is then made for developing (and researching further) the use of methanol as a future energy source. It is compelling.

Why do we not hear politicians and the press screaming for this work to be done?

Creating a practical new source of energy whilst having an impact on CO2 greenhouse gases seems to be a possibility.

Wake up world ! - it's time for a paradigm shift.

This is a masterpiece - a remarkable book at an amazingly low price.
This book is great!  Feb 13, 2007
1. The author is highly knowledgeable (He won a Nobel Prize for this work.)
2. Applying these concepts in the marketplace would change the global economy.
3. We intend to buy 10 more copies for distribution to others.

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