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Renewable Energy

Physics, Engineering, Environmental Impacts, Economics & Planning

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.

Research scientists, engineers, project managers, consultants and graduate students involved in Renewable Energy development and implementation.

Hardbound, 976 pages

Published: November 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-375025-9


  • Frontmatter
    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



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