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Renewable Energy System Design

Renewable Energy Systems Design provides engineers and students with a comprehensive yet practical guide to the characteristics, principles of operation, and power potential of the most dominant renewable energy systems. Written by an expert with over 40 years of teaching, research, and design experience, this pragmatic reference focuses directly on the engineering and design of alternative energy systems, eschewing discussions of policy and social issues and avoiding math-heavy treatments of underlying scientific background. With the targeted information in this book, readers can thoroughly familiarize themselves with the "nuts and bolts" of photovoltaic, wind energy, and hybrid wind/PV systems. They will also find detailed coverage of renewable energy storage devices, with special emphasis on batteries and fuel cells. Finally, the most interesting emerging renewable energy technologies are examined, including biomass, wave, tidal and geothermal power, ocean thermal energy conversion, solar thermal and satellite power, as well as micro turbines. This guide's unique design orientation sets it apart from other books on the market that provide an overview of renewable energy, but do not delve into the nitty-gritty of how to develop an efficient, successful renewable energy system from the ground up.

Engineers, project managers, consultants and students working in and studying Renewable Energy development and implementation.

Hardbound, 600 pages

Published: January 2011

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-374991-8


  • Chapter 1 Introduction1-1 Conventional energy Sources1-2 US/World Energy Usage & Future Outlook1-3 The impact of oil on the use of alternative energy sources1-4 The Impact of Fossil Fuel Usage on the EnvironmentChapter 2 Photovoltaic2-1 Introduction2-2 Solar Radiation Characteristic2-3 Photovoltaic Conversion2-4 Performance Evaluation of a Solar Cell2-5 Modules, Panels and Arrays2-6 Optimizations of Photovoltaic Arrays2-7 Photovoltaic Systems2-8 Photovoltaic Applications 2-9 Utility Interconnection Issues and RequirementsChapter 3 Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS)3-1 Introduction3-2 Wind Characteristics3-3 Aerodynamic theory of the Wind3-4 Wind Power Profile3-5 Components of the WECS3-6 WECS Schemes used for Generating Electricity3-7 Siting of WECS3-8 Wind Turbine-Site Matching3-9 Applications of WECS3-10 Level of Wind Energy in a Utility Grid3-11 Federal WEC Program3-12 Hybrid Wind /Photovoltaic Systems Chapter 4 Energy Storage4-1 Batteries4-2 Fuel Cells4-3 Compressed Air4-4 Hydro-Pumps 4-5 Flywheel Storage4-6 Super capacitors4-7 Super ConductorsChapter 5 Emerging Renewable Energy Sources5-1 Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)5-2 Geothermal Energy5-3 Tidal Power5-4 Wave Power5-5 Bio-mass5-6 Thermal Energy Conversion5-7 Micro turbines5-8 Satellite Power


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