Sustainable Mobility

A wide-ranging, forthright exmamination of why fuels from renewable resources are an ever more attractive source of power, at a time when the environment is suffering from pollution by fossil fuels that can only get worse. With energy consumption rising and with it our dependence on crude oil from politically uncertain regions, and faced with the threat to the environment from polluting emissions. Hence it has become ever more evident that fuels from renewable resources are an increasingly attractive option to fossil fuels.

In their book, Sustainable Mobility, Edinger and Kaul, like a growing number of other experts, hold the mobility of populations–transportation, in other words, responsible for the rise in the rate of greenhouse gas emissions, a condition that can only get worse as less developed regions of the world emerge with their own needs and demands for mobility. What to do?

Edinger and Kaul outline in sharp detail the shortcomings of current vehicular technologies and dominant fossil fuels. They present a careful, authoritative examination of innovative technologies that in their opinion have the best chance of combating dangerous reliance on conventional means of power, not only for transportation but other purposes as well.

And they focus on special forms of fuel cell drive systems, with their high efficiencies and reduced consumptions, and on other emerging renewable technologies and their innovative, sustainable power sources, such as fuels from biomass and renewable electricity, a particularly promising source of energy for newly growing economies.

Wide ranging in coverage, forthright in style, the book is an important review of how things are today, why they could get worse, but perhaps most importantly, what we can do about it.“

Raphael Edinger and Sanjay Kaul; Sustainable Mobility: Renewable Resources for Powering Fuel Cell Vehicles. Praeger Books, Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT, USA (2003), 144pp.