Clean Energy for Sustainable Development

Clean Energy for Sustainable Development

Comparisons and Contrasts of New Approaches

1st Edition - November 12, 2016

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  • Editor-in-Chief: Rasul Mohammad
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128054239
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Clean Energy for Sustainable Development: Comparisons and Contrasts of New Approaches presents information on the fundamental challenge that the energy sector faces with regard to meeting the ever growing demand for sustainable, efficient, and cleaner energy. The book compares recent developments in the field of energy technology, clean and low emission energy, and energy efficiency and environmental sustainability for industry and academia. Rasul, Azad and Sharma, along with their team of expert contributors, provide high-end research findings on relevant industry themes, including clean and sustainable energy sources and technologies, renewable energy technologies and their applications, biomass and biofuels for sustainable environment, energy system and efficiency improvement, solar thermal applications, and the environmental impacts of sustainable energy systems. This book uses global institutes and case studies to explore and analyze technological advancements alongside practical applications. This approach helps readers to develop and affirm a better understanding of the relevant concepts and solutions necessary to achieve clean energy and sustainable development in both medium and large-scale industries.

Key Features

  • Compares in-depth research on a wide range of clean technologies, from global institutes in Australia, Europe, and India
  • Evaluates the recent developments in clean technologies against the efficiency of tried and tested applications
  • Considers case studies on the advancements of sustainable energy into industry from around the world


Energy Engineers, energy industry professionals, energy engineers, clean energy researchers and academics, energy and resource industries, Postgraduate students

Table of Contents

  • Section One. Clean and Sustainable Energy Resources and Technologies

    Chapter One. Sustainable Energy Resources: Prospects and Policy

    • 1.1. Introduction
    • 1.2. Fossil Fuels
    • 1.3. Nuclear Energy
    • 1.4. Renewable Energy
    • 1.5. Prospects and Policies for Renewable Energy
    • 1.6. Discussion
    • Glossary

    Chapter Two. Environmental Impact Assessment of Different Renewable Energy Resources: A Recent Development

    • 2.1. Introduction
    • 2.2. Life Cycle Assessment of Solar Photovoltaic System
    • 2.3. Life Cycle Assessment of Wind Energy System
    • 2.4. Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels
    • 2.5. Life Cycle Assessment of Biogas
    • 2.6. Life Cycle Assessment of Hydropower Plants
    • 2.7. Life Cycle Assessment of Geothermal Power Plants
    • 2.8. Comparison With Conventional Systems
    • 2.9. Conclusions

    Chapter Three. Clean and Sustainable Energy Technologies

    • 3.1. Introduction
    • 3.2. Biomass
    • 3.3. Solar Power
    • 3.4. Wind Power
    • 3.5. Hydropower
    • 3.6. Future Prospects and Challenges for Renewable Energy Technologies

    Chapter Four. Bioenergy With Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS): Future Prospects of Carbon-Negative Technologies

    • 4.1. Introduction
    • 4.2. Carbon-Negative Technologies
    • 4.3. Carbon-Negative Biofuels
    • 4.4. Biofuel Conversion Technologies
    • 4.5. CO2 Capture and Storage
    • 4.6. Biological CO2 Fixation
    • 4.7. Microalgae Cultivation Technology
    • 4.8. Microalgae Hybrid Technologies
    • 4.9. The Economic Potential for BECCS
    • 4.10. Discussion and Challenges for BECCS
    • 4.11. Conclusions

    Section Two. Solar Energy Applications

    Chapter Five. Solar Kilns: A Green Technology for the Australian Agricultural and Forest Industries

    • 5.1. Introduction
    • 5.2. Significance and Scope of Solar Drying in Australia
    • 5.3. Significance and Benefits of Solar Kilns
    • 5.4. Performance Evaluation and Selection of Solar Kilns—An Innovative Approach
    • 5.5. Results and Discussion
    • 5.6. Conclusions
    • Nomenclature

    Chapter Six. Small-Scale Dish-Mounted Solar Thermal Brayton Cycle

    • 6.1. Introduction
    • 6.2. Solar Collector and Receiver
    • 6.3. The Tubular Open-Cavity Receiver
    • 6.4. Recuperator
    • 6.5. Turbocharger as Microturbine
    • 6.6. Optimization and Methodology
    • 6.7. Results
    • 6.8. Remaining Challenges and Future Possibilities
    • 6.9. Conclusion and Recommendations
    • Nomenclature

    Chapter Seven. Heat-Driven Cooling Technologies

    • 7.1. Introduction
    • 7.2. Heat-Driven Air Conditioning
    • 7.3. Desiccant Wheel
    • 7.4. Conclusions

    Chapter Eight. Solar Pyrolysis: Converting Waste Into Asset Using Solar Energy

    • 8.1. Introduction
    • 8.2. History of Pyrolysis
    • 8.3. Challenges of Existing Pyrolysis Systems
    • 8.4. Heating of Pyrolysis Reactor
    • 8.5. Solar Heating Approach
    • 8.6. Integration of Solar Energy With Pyrolysis
    • 8.7. Current Research and Application of Solar Pyrolysis
    • 8.8. Considerations for Feasibility of Solar Pyrolysis
    • 8.9. Challenges in Solar Pyrolysis
    • 8.10. Future Scope of Solar Pyrolysis
    • 8.11. Concluding Remarks

    Section Three. Wind Energy Systems

    Chapter Nine. Grid Integration of Wind Energy Systems: Control Design, Stability, and Power Quality Issues

    • 9.1. Introduction
    • 9.2. Wind Turbine Technologies
    • 9.3. Generator Types in the Wind Energy Conversion Systems
    • 9.4. Converter Topologies and Modulation Techniques
    • 9.5. Control Design
    • 9.6. Stability and Power Quality Studies
    • 9.7. Discussions and Conclusions
    • Appendix
    • Nomenclature

    Chapter Ten. The Hybrid Solar Power/Wind System for Energy Production, Observation, Application, and Simulation

    • 10.1. Introduction
    • 10.2. Hybrid Solar/Wind Energy Systems
    • 10.3. Hybrid Controllers for Solar and Wind Energy Systems
    • 10.4. Hybrid Solar/Wind Energy Application
    • 10.5. Current Trends
    • 10.6. Conclusion
    • Nomenclature

    Chapter Eleven. Study on Wind Energy Potential by Eight Numerical Methods of Weibull Distribution

    • 11.1. Introduction
    • 11.2. Outline of Methodology
    • 11.3. Results and Discussion
    • 11.4. Conclusions
    • Nomenclature

    Section Four. Biodiesel for Sustainable Development

    Chapter Twelve. Prospect of the Legume Tree Pongamia pinnata as a Clean and Sustainable Biodiesel Feedstock

    • 12.1. Introduction
    • 12.2. Pongamia As Prospective Feedstock Candidate
    • 12.3. Pongamia Improvement Program
    • 12.4. Quality Analysis and Advantages of Pongamia Oil for Biodiesel
    • 12.5. Conclusion

    Chapter Thirteen. Biodiesel From Queensland Bush Nut (Macadamia integrifolia)

    • 13.1. Introduction
    • 13.2. Materials and Methods
    • 13.3. Biodiesel Conversion Steps
    • 13.4. Results and Discussions
    • 13.5. Conclusions
    • List of Abbreviations

    Chapter Fourteen. Assessment of Physical, Chemical, and Tribological Properties of Different Biodiesel Fuels

    • 14.1. Introduction
    • 14.2. Materials
    • 14.3. Results and Discussion
    • 14.4. Conclusions

    Chapter Fifteen. Biodiesel Production Through Chemical and Biochemical Transesterification: Trends, Technicalities, and Future Perspectives

    • 15.1. Background
    • 15.2. Biodiesel as Sustainable Fuel
    • 15.3. Strategies to Minimize Viscosity of Vegetable Oil
    • 15.4. Feedstock for Biodiesel Production
    • 15.5. Chemical Transesterification Reactions
    • 15.6. Biochemical/Enzymatic Transesterification Reactions
    • 15.7. Response Surface Methodology as Imperative Tool for Biodiesel Optimization
    • 15.8. Analytical Methods for Biodiesel Characterization
    • 15.9. Fuel Properties and Exhaust Emissions of Biodiesel
    • 15.10. Future Perspectives of Biodiesel Production
    • 15.11. Conclusion and Recommendations

    Chapter Sixteen. Mesoporous Catalysts for Biodiesel Production: A New Approach

    • 16.1. Introduction
    • 16.2. Biodiesel
    • 16.3. Catalysts
    • 16.4. Porous Materials
    • 16.5. Various Types of Mesoporous Catalysts
    • 16.6. Application of Mesoporous Materials
    • 16.7. Performance of the Mesoporous Catalyst
    • 16.8. The Diffusion Process of the Reactants Into Mesopore Channels
    • 16.9. Surface Modifications
    • 16.10. The Effect of Mesoporous Catalyst on Transesterification Reaction
    • 16.11. Conclusion and Recommendation
    • Nomenclature/Abbreviation

    Chapter Seventeen. Edible and Nonedible Biodiesel Feedstocks: Microalgae and Future of Biodiesel

    • 17.1. Introduction
    • 17.2. Biodiesel Feedstocks
    • 17.3. Biodiesel Research Methodology
    • 17.4. Oil Extraction
    • 17.5. Analysis of Physicochemical Properties
    • 17.6. Biodiesel Production
    • 17.7. Determination of Fatty Oil Composition
    • 17.8. Prediction of Properties of Blends
    • 17.9. Engine and Emissions Tests
    • 17.10. Importance of Statistical and Uncertainty Analysis
    • 17.11. Effects of Additives on Biodiesel Quality
    • 17.12. Different Types of Algae Cultures for Biodiesel Production
    • 17.13. Algae Growth on Wastewater for Biodiesel Production
    • 17.14. Microalgal Potential for Biodiesel Production
    • 17.15. Advantage of Biodiesel Over Higher Plants
    • 17.16. Algae Culture Conditions and Biodiesel Production
    • 17.17. Future
    • 17.18. Conclusion

    Chapter Eighteen. Potential of Biodiesel as Fuel for Diesel Engine

    • 18.1. Introduction
    • 18.2. Diesel Engine
    • 18.3. Biodiesel Fuel
    • 18.4. Biodiesel Production Procedure
    • 18.5. Biodiesel Production Technologies: Transesterification Method
    • 18.6. Biodiesel Fuel Standardization
    • 18.7. Potential of Biodiesel
    • 18.8. Biodiesel Fuel Blending
    • 18.9. Biodiesel Fuel Additive
    • 18.10. Conclusions
    • Appendices

Product details

  • No. of pages: 630
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2016
  • Published: November 12, 2016
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128054239
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128054246

About the Editor in Chief

Rasul Mohammad

Professor Rasul specializes in clean and sustainable energy technologies and their applications in industries. His research mainly focuses on renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass and biofuels), building energy (domestic, institutional and commercial buildings), industrial energy (process and resource industries), and thermo-chemical conversion of energy (combustion, gasification and pyrolysis).

Affiliations and Expertise

The School of Engineering and Technology at Central Queensland University, Melbourne campus, Melbourne, Australia.

About the Editors

Abul Azad

Dr Kalam Azad, Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Technology at Central Queensland University, Melbourne campus, Australia. He has a strong record of research publications and achievement in the areas of renewable energy technologies, energy conversion, and thermofluids engineering and their relevant industrial applications. His research focused on clean energy production and mitigation of environmental pollution. He has had an excellent publication track record throughout his career. He has been published about eighty scientific articles including three edited refereed books, eight book chapters, forty-seven journal articles, and twenty-four conference papers so far. His first edited book on “Clean Energy for Sustainable Development” published by Academic Press, Elsevier in 2016. His second edited book on ‘Advances in Eco-fuel for a Sustainable Environment’ has been published as a part of Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy, Elsevier in 2018. He has edited his third book on ‘Advanced Biofuels: Applications, Technologies, and Environmental Sustainability’ under Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy, Elsevier in 2019. He made significant contributions to engineering education, research, and scholarship. He published some articles in respected journals, which have high impact factors. The recognition of his research has been strongly demonstrated through a large number of citations and h-index both in Scopus and Google Scholar. He is also working as a reviewer of different renowned international journals and books. Currently, he is a member of different professional bodies throughout the world. He has been significantly contributing to the strategic research on Clean and Sustainable Energy Technologies at Central Queensland University, Australia.

Affiliations and Expertise

The School of Engineering and Technology at Central Queensland University, Melbourne campus, Melbourne, Australia.

Subhash Sharma

Dr Sharma’s main research focuses on conservation of energy and physical assets by applying tribological and asset management principles. His recent works deal with alternative and biofuels, and their applications in industries.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer and Discipline Leader , Asset and Maintenance Management programs, School of Engineering and Technology, Central Queensland University, Australia

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