Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes

Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes

4th Edition - February 6, 2021

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  • Authors: Aldo da Rosa, Juan Ordonez
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128160374
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128160367

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Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes, Fourth Edition, winner of a 2022 Textbook Excellence Award (Texty) from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association, provides accessible coverage of clean, safe alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power. Aldo da Rosa’s classic and comprehensive resource has provided thousands of engineers, scientists, students and professionals alike with a thorough grounding in the scientific principles underlying the complex world of renewable energy technologies. The fourth edition has been fully updated and revised by new author Juan Ordonez, Director of the Energy and Sustainability Center at Florida State University, and includes new worked examples, more exercises, and more illustrations to help facilitate student learning.

Key Features

  • Illuminates the basic principles behind all key renewable power sources, including solar, wind, biomass, hydropower and fuel cells
  • Connects scientific theory with practical implementation through physical examples and end-of-chapter questions of increasing difficulty to help readers apply their knowledge
  • Offers completely revised content for better student accessibility
  • Updated with expanded coverage of such topics as solar thermal processes, hydropower and renewable energy storage technologies


Undergraduate and first year graduate engineering and physics students taking courses on renewable energy topics; engineers, scientists, investors and technicians working in energy-related disciplines

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. A Minimum of Thermodynamics and of the Kinetic Theory of Gases
    3. Mechanical Heat Engines
    4. Ocean Thermal Energy Converters
    5. Thermoelectricity
    6. Thermionics
    7. AMTEC
    8. Radio-Noise Generators
    9. Fuel Cells
    10. Hydrogen Production
    11. Hydrogen Storage
    12. Solar Radiation
    13. Biomass
    14. Photovoltaic Converters
    15. Wind Energy
    16. Ocean Engines
    17. Nuclear Energy
    18. Storage of Energy

Product details

  • No. of pages: 944
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: February 6, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128160374
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128160367

About the Authors

Aldo da Rosa

Dr. da Rosa taught the perennially popular Renewable Energy course at Stanford University for over 30 years. Former Chairman of the Brazilian National Research Council, Director of the Aeronautical Technical Center, and founder of Brazilian NASA, he also served as the CEO of a tech start-up, Chairman of the Board for a microprocessor manufacturer, and as a member of Siemens Corporation’s scientific advisory board.

Affiliations and Expertise

Stanford University, Professor Emeritus (deceased), USA

Juan Ordonez

Juan C. Ordonez is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Florida State University, where he serves as Director of the Energy and Sustainability Center and as Principal Investigator on thermal management for the Center for Advanced Power Systems. His research lies within the fields of heat transfer and applied thermodynamics and their application to the design, modeling and optimization of energy systems. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University working in the field of thermodynamic optimization and his M.S. degree in Energy Systems and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UPB – Colombia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

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