Category: RSC Clean Technology Monographs

Concluding Remarks

It is perhaps trite to observe that the laws of science that determine technical feasibility are immutable, whereas engineering design and manufacturing costs vary from place to place and from time to time. Thus, many goods that formerly were made in developed countries are now produced in lower cost, developing nations. Technical feasibility is, however, […]

Energy Storage

The various physical and chemical techniques for energy storage will all continue to be investigated and developed. Of the physical techniques, pumped hydro and compressed air energy storage are the most promising for peak-shaving and load­leveling within the electricity supply network, provided the terrain and other conditions are suitable. For smaller-scale storage, further research will […]

Renewable Energy

It is anticipated that the harnessing of renewable energy will expand rapidly, in the light of widespread concern over global warming and the remedial actions that governments are taking. Despite such good intentions, however, there is every indication that, overall, renewables will still make only a modest contribution in 2020. It is vital, therefore, that […]

Fossil Fuels

Petroleum World petroleum prices are generally low in historic terms, thanks to the opening up of new oilfields in Nigeria, around the Caspian Sea, and elsewhere. At present, the supply of oil exceeds the demand, and this situation is expected to persist in the short term. There is, however, always the danger of prices collapsing […]


Traditional incandescent filament lamps are notoriously inefficient, much of the energy is dissipated as heat. This is important when it is recalled that 25% of the world’s electricity is used for lighting. Fortunately, by no means all of this electricity is used inefficiently in filament lamps. Fluorescent tubes play a major role, particularly in industry, […]