A renowned publisher of scientific, technical, and medical information
products and services has called upon the U.S. Department of Energy to
help produce the first encyclopedia ever to be published on the entire
field of energy.
Elsevier, a global publishing company headquartered in Amsterdam, The
Netherlands, has invited scientists from the Energy Department’s
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to author seven of ten sections
about coal for the new Encyclopedia of Energy. The six-volume set has
an international perspective, and includes 21 topics about all aspects
of energy. Elsevier will release the encyclopedia to the public on March
NETL is a science, technology, and energy laboratory with expertise in
fossil energy technologies, contract and project management, analysis
of energy systems, and international energy issues. The NETL contributors
wrote the sections on clean coal technology, chemical and physical properties
of coal, coal conversion, fuel and non-fuel uses of coal, coal mine reclamation
and remediation, formation of coal resources, and coal transportation
and storage. Approximately 400 international authors, including the NETL
scientists, wrote the encyclopedia.
“It is a great honor for our researchers to be asked to contribute
to the encyclopedia,” said Mark Maddox, acting Assistant Secretary
for Fossil Energy. “Our participation demonstrates the laboratory’s
leading role in coal research for our nation and the world. The encyclopedia
will be a valuable tool for many years to come.”
Production of the encyclopedia was organized by editor-in-chief Cutler
J. Cleveland, director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies
at Brown University. Dr. Cleveland, who has been a consultant to the Energy
Department, asked NETL for specific contributions to the coal topic. Mildred
Perry, a senior analyst in NETL’s Office of Coal and Environmental
Systems, coordinated the laboratory’s participation. She explained
that the authors were selected for their expertise on the given subject.
Two years of effort were required to produce the encyclopedia. According
to Cleveland, the encyclopedia uses a unified, integrated approach that
emphasizes not only the importance of the energy concept in individual
disciplines, but also how energy bridges seemingly disparate fields such
as history, ecology, and economics. The publishing company’s goal
is to get it into all major libraries, where it will serve as an important
and useful reference.
Written at a level suited to both the scientific and the non-technical
reader, the encyclopedia targets a wide audience that includes undergraduate
and graduate students, academics, and research scientists who study energy.
It will also be useful to business corporations, professional firms, government
agencies, foundations, and other groups whose activities relate to energy.
Readers can gain fundamental information within the sections, and can
delve deeper into any topic through the references to other articles that
link related sections of text. Authors’ suggestions for other sources
are also provided, as well as an appendix section that includes a chronology
of energy-related developments, an annotated bibliography of reference
works and data sources, and a directory of energy-related organizations.
The selection of reference tables in the appendix section includes measurement
systems, common units and their definitions, and energy and power conversion
A prospectus and ordering information are available at
www.elsevier.com/locate/encycofenergy. The encyclopedia will be available
online through Elsevier’s ScienceDirect® in 2004.
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