Distributed Renewable Energies for Off-Grid Communities

Strategies and Technologies toward Achieving Sustainability in Energy Generation and Supply


  • Nasir El Bassam, International Research Center for Renewable Energy (IFEED)
  • Preben Maegaard, Danish Center for Renewable Energy, Hurup Thy, Denmark
  • Marcia Schlichting, Editor, International Research Centre for RE

Energy is directly related to the most critical economic and social issues which affect sustainable development such as mobility, food production, environmental quality, regional and global security issues. Two-thirds of the new demand will come from developing nations, with China accounting for 30%. Without adequate attention to the critical importance of energy to all these aspects, the global, social, economic and environmental goals of sustainability cannot be achieved. Indeed the magnitude of change needed is immense, fundamental and directly related to the energy produced and consumed nationally and internationally. Today, it is estimated that more than two billion people worldwide lack access to modern energy resources. Distributed Renewable Energies for Off-Grid Communities provides various options and case studies related to the potential of renewable energies along with their environmental, economic and social dimensions.
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Energy Engineering Professionals


Book information

  • Published: November 2012
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-397178-4

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Chapter 1: Scope of the Book
Chapter 2: Restructuring Future Energy Generation and Supply
Chapter 3: Road Map of Distributed Renewable Energy Communities
Chapter 4: Planning of Integrated Renewable Communities
Chapter 5: Determination of Community Energy and Food Requirements
Chapter 6: Energy Basics, Resources, Global Contribution and Applications
Chapter 7: Solar Energy
Chapter 8: Wind Energy
Chapter 9: Biomass and Bioenergy
Chapter 10: Hydropower
Chapter 11: Marine Energy
Chapter 12: Geothermal Energy
Chapter 13: Energy Storage, Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles
Chapter 14: Current Distributed Renewable Energy Rural and Urban
Chapter 15: Ownership, Citizens Participation and Economic Trends
Appendix 1: Glossary
Appendix 2: Abbreviations and Acronyms
Appendix 3: Conversion Factors
Appendix 4: Inventory of PV Systems for Sustainable Rural Development
Appendix 5: Project “SOLARTECH SUD,” Solar Eco-Village Zarzis - Djerba Tunisia
Appendix 6: Solar Park Vechelde (Kraftfeld Vechelde GmbH & Co. KG)
Appendix 7: Solar Laundry, Eternal University, Baru Sahib, India
Appendix 8: Manual and/or Solar Powered Water Treatment System