AN INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY SOURCES
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CATALYSIS RESEARCH
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MADRAS
The reasons for the choice of energy sources are many. There is a need to know the
options available and how to exploit them, the need to harness some of these sources
efficiently and effectively and above all the environmental concerns these energy sources
give rise to. The material presented in the form of an e book is mainly meant for higher
secondary school students as the audience and for others this may be elementary unless
otherwise one wishes to get some basis on this topic.
Each of the chapters has been prepared by the individual members of the National Centre
for Catalysis Research keeping various factors in mind like the audience to whom the
subject matter is addressed to and the level of knowledge required to follow the contents
of the material. We do hope that this attempt has fulfilled all these expectations.
However, it should be remembered that there can be serious shortcomings in the
compilation. We do hope that the book in spite of these limitations may be useful to
The material contained in this e book was the subject matter of a summer term course
delivered by the members of the National Centre for Catalysis Research to the
participants of the Chemistry programme organized by Childrens’ Club of Madras.
This is one of our first attempts to bring out an e book and this effort will be improved in
the subsequent attempts only when appropriate feed back is given to us on various
aspects of this endeavour. We will be grateful for any feed back sent to us to our email
We do hope our ebook will receive considerable number of hits from the people who
seek to know about the possible energy sources.
Chennai 600 036
Dated 20th October 2006 B.Viswanathan