Renewable Energy Conversion, Transmission, and Storage


  • Bent Sorensen, Professor, Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University, Denmark; Independent Consultant, NOVATOR Advanced Technology Consulting, Denmark

Scientist and engineers working in the field renewable energy must overcome the challenges of conversion, transmission and storage before it can replace more traditional power sources such as oil and gas. In this book, Bent Sorenson provides strategies for the efficient conversion, transmission and storage of all forms of renewable energy. The book provides the reader with a complete background on how renewable energy is transformed into power and the best methods for transmitting and storing the energy produced. Specific to this book is a discussion of conversion processes and storage methods for: geothermal energy, biological and liquid fuels, wave energy, and photovoltaic. In addition the book will cover renewable energy conversions for powering small electrics, as well as battery applications for portable power, and energy bands in semiconductors.
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Power Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Chemical Engineers, and Electrical Engineers


Book information

  • Published: November 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374262-9


"I think the major strengths are that the book is comprehensive in that it covers most, if not all, of the various renewable energy topics/processes, and the subject matter is timely."--Bruce Miller, Associate Director at Penn State's Energy I

Table of Contents

Chapter1. IntroductionI. General principles Chapter2. Basic principles of energy conversion Chapter3. Thermodynamic engine cyclesII. Specific heat energy conversion processes Chapter4. Direct thermoelectric conversion Chapter5. Engine conversion Chapter6. Heat pumps Chapter7. Geothermal energy conversionIII. Specific mechanical energy conversion processes Chapter8. Basic description of flow-driven converters Chapter9. Propeller-type converters Chapter10. Crosswind and other alternative converter concepts Chapter11. Hydro energy conversion Chapter12. Magneto hydrodynamic converters Chapter13. Wave energy convertersIV. Specific radiation energy conversion processes Chapter14. Photovoltaic conversion Chapter15. Photoelectrochemical conversion processes Chapter16. Solar thermal converters Chapter17. Solar thermal electricity generators Chapter18. Solar cooling and other applicationsV. Specific electrochemical energy conversion processes Chapter19. Fuel cells Chapter20. Battery applicationsVI. Specific bioenergy conversion processes Chapter21. Combustion Chapter22. Biological conversion to gaseous fuels Chapter23. Biological conversion to liquid fuels Chapter24. Thermal conversion to gaseous and other fuelsVII.Energy Transmission Chapter25. Transmission of Heat Chapter26. Transmission of ElectricityVII.Energy Storage Chapter27. Storage of Heat chapter28. Storage of High-quality Energy FormsAppendix: Energy bands in semiconductorsMini-project exercisesReferencesIndex