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Renewable Energy, Fourth Edition

Bent Sorensen 
Academic Press  2010  



Hardback  952pp  ISBN 9780123750259      £62.00
Subtitled Physics, Engineering, Environmental Impacts, Economics & Planning

  • New, thoroughly updated fourth edition of the authoritative field guide to the entire Renewable Energy universe
  • The only books to scientific principles and implementation methods, technologies and socio-economics, environmental impacts and cutting-edge advances, all in one volume.
  • New material includes expanded coverage of biofuels, solar conversion, biomass and fuel cells, storage and transmission, and a new chapter on integrated systems.

This volume is a true shelf reference, providing a thorough overview of the entire renewable energy sphere, while still functioning as a go-to information source for professionals and students when they need answers about a specific technical issue. Crafted over the last 15 years into a problem-solving tool for engineers, researchers, consultants and planners currently working in the field, as well as a detailed map of the renewables universe for those looking to expand into new technological specialties, Renewable Energy by Sorensen offers the most comprehensive coverage of the subject available.

The book has been structured around three parts in order to assist readers in focusing on the issues that impact them the most for a given project or question. PART I covers the basic scientific principles behind all major renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind and biomass. PART II provides in-depth information about how these raw renewable sources can actually be converted into useful forms, transmitted into the grid and stored for future utilization. Finally, PART III undertakes the aspects of energy planning, environmental impacts and socio-economic issues on regional and global levels.

In this fourth edition update, new material includes expanded coverage of biofuels, solar conversion, biomass and fuel cells, storage and transmission, and a new chapter on integrated technologies to introduce the hybrid systems now being explored. New surveys and the most recent research findings are included throughout.

Of interest to research scientists, engineers, project managers, consultants and graduate students involved in renewable energy development and implementation.

Contents

Chapter 1. Perspectives
1.1 Current marketplace penetration 1.2 Brief history of energy use 1.3 Determinants for the future development in energy use 1.4 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects

PART I: Energy Resources

Chapter 2. Status, prospects and sustainability issues
2.1 Non-renewable energy resources 2.2 Renewable energy resource introduction
Chapter 3. The origin of renewable energy flows
3.1 Solar radiation 3.2 Disposition of radiation at the Earth 3.3 Processes near the surface of the Earth 3.4 Non-radiative energy flows 3.5 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects
Chapter 4. Modelling renewable energy flows
4.1 Circulation modelling 4.2 Climate: definition and modelling 4.3 Climate: interference and change 4.4 Summary of energy and related matter cycles 4.5 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects
Chapter 5. Individual renewable energy resources
5.1 Direct solar energy 5.2 Wind flows 5.3 Water flows and reservoirs, waves and tides 5.4 Heat flows and reservoirs 5.5 Biological conversion and stores 5.6 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects

PART II: Technologies for converting and handling renewable energy

Chapter 6. General principles
6.1 Principles of energy conversion 6.2 Thermodynamical engine cycles 6.3 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects
Chapter 7. Heat energy conversion processes
7.1 Direct thermoelectric conversion 7.2. Engine conversion of solar energy 7.3 Heat pumps 7.4 Geothermal energy conversion 7.5 Ocean-thermal conversion 7.6 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects
Chapter 8. Mechanical energy conversion processes
8.1 Basic description of flow-driven converters 8.2 Propeller-type converters 8.3. Cross-wind and other alternative converter concepts 8.4 Hydro and tidal energy conversion 8.5 Magneto hydrodynamic converters 8.6 Wave energy converters 8.7 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects
Chapter 9. Solar radiation conversion processes
9.1 Photovoltaic conversion 9.2 Photo-electrochemical conversion 9.3 Solar thermal conversion 9.4 Solar thermal electricity generators 9.5 Solar cooling and other applications 9.6 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects
Chapter 10. Electrochemical energy conversion processes
10.1 Fuel cell principles 10.2 Specific types of fuel cells 10.3 Other electrochemical energy conversion 10.4 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects
Chapter 11. Bioenergy conversion processes
11.1 Combustion 11.2 Biological conversion into gaseous fuels 11.3 Biological conversion into liquid fuels 11.4 Thermochemical conversion to gaseous and other fuels 11.5 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects
Chapter 12. Energy Transmission
12.1 Heat transmission 12.2 Power transmission 12.3 Fuel transmission 12.4 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects
Chapter 13. Energy storage technologies
13.1 Heat capacity storage 13.2 Latent heat and chemical transformation storage 13.3 Pumped hydro storage 13.4 Flywheels 13.5 Hydrogen and other compressed gas storage 13.6 Battery storage 13.7 Additional storage forms 13.8 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects

PART III: Planning and socio-economic issues

Chapter 14. Energy system planning
14.1 The methodologies of energy planning 14.2 Demand scenario construction 14.3 Overall system scenarios 14.4 Consistency simulation and implementation studies 14.5 Local systems 14.6 Regional systems 14.7 Global systems 14.8 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects
Chapter 15. Socio-economic assessment
15.1 Social and economic framework 15.2 Scale of analysis 15.3 Life-cycle approach 15.4 Assessment issues 15.5 Communication and policy dimensions 15.6 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects
Chapter 16. Integrated approaches
16.1 Greenhouse warming mitigation 16.2 Greenhouse warming adaptation 16.3 Ecological sustainability 16.4 Winding up

References
Index

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