Power Generation Technologies

Power Generation Technologies

2nd Edition - March 24, 2014

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  • Author: Paul Breeze
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080983363

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The new edition of Power Generation Technologies is a concise and readable guide that provides an introduction to the full spectrum of currently available power generation options, from traditional fossil fuels and the better established alternatives such as wind and solar power, to emerging renewables such as biomass and geothermal energy. Technology solutions such as combined heat and power and distributed generation are also explored. However, this book is more than just an account of the technologies – for each method the author explores the economic and environmental costs and risk factors. Each technology is covered using the same basic criteria so that comparisons between technologies can be made more easily. Those involved in planning and delivering energy – including engineers, managers and policy makers – will find in this book a guide through the minefield of maintaining a reliable power supply, meeting targets on greenhouse gas emissions, and addressing economic and social objectives.

Key Features

  • Provides a unique comparison of a wide range of power generation technologies from oil, coal, nuclear and natural gas, to geothermal, wind, solar, and bioenergy
  • Hundreds of diagrams demystify how each technology functions in practice
  • Evaluates the economic and environmental viability of each power generation system covered
  • New chapters covering fast-advancing renewable and alternative power sources such as municipal waste and concentrating solar plants
  • Fresh focus the evolution of traditional technologies such as natural gas and "clean coal"
  • Expanded coverage of distributed power generation and CHP (combined heat and power) technologies


Power generation planners, as well as Students and lecturers of Electrical Engineering in the UK. Students and lecturers of Energy and Environmental courses in the US

Table of Contents

    • Chapter 1: An Introduction to Electricity Generation
      • Abstract
      • History of electricity generation
      • Evolution of electricity-generating technologies
      • Evolution of electricity networks
      • Renewable energy and distributed generation
      • A brief political diversion
      • Size of the industry
    • Chapter 2: Electricity Generation and the Environment
      • Abstract
      • Evolution of environmental awareness
      • Environmental effects of power generation
      • Carbon cycle and atmospheric warming
      • Controlling carbon dioxide
      • Hydrogen economy
      • Economics of electricity production
      • Externalities
      • Life-cycle assessment
      • The bottom line
    • Chapter 3: Coal-fired Power Plants
      • Abstract
      • Types of coal
      • Coal reserves
      • Coal cleaning and processing
      • Traditional coal-fired power generation technology
      • Boiler technology
      • Steam turbine design
      • Generators
      • Fluidized bed combustion
      • Integrated gasification combined cycle
      • Emission control for coal-fired power plants
      • Coal treatment
      • Low nitrogen oxide combustion strategies
      • Sulfur dioxide removal
      • Nitrogen oxide capture
      • Combined sulfur and nitrogen oxide removal
      • Particulate (dust) removal
      • Mercury removal
      • Carbon dioxide removal
      • Carbon dioxide sequestration
      • Cost of coal-fired power generation
    • Chapter 4: Natural Gas–fired Gas Turbines and Combined Cycle Power Plants
      • Abstract
      • Natural gas
      • Growth of gas turbine technology
      • Gas turbine principle
      • Modern gas turbine design for power generation
      • Gas turbine development
      • Advanced gas turbine cycles
      • Combined cycle power plants
      • Micro-turbines
      • Emission control for gas turbine power plants
      • Cost of gas turbine–based power generation
    • Chapter 5: Piston Engine–Based Power Plants
      • Abstract
      • Internal combustion engines
      • Spark-ignition engines
      • Diesel engines (compression engines)
      • Dual-fuel engines
      • Stirling engines
      • Cogeneration
      • Combined cycle
      • Emission control
      • Cost of reciprocating engine-based power generation
    • Chapter 6: Combined Heat and Power
      • Abstract
      • Historical background for combined heat and power usage
      • Combined heat and power principles and applications
      • CHP technology
      • Piston engines
      • Steam turbines
      • Gas turbines
      • Micro-turbines
      • Fuel cells
      • Nuclear power
      • Cost of CHP
    • Chapter 7: Fuel Cells
      • Abstract
      • History of fuel cells
      • Fuel cell principle
      • Catalysts
      • Hydrocarbon gas reformation
      • Fuel cell efficiency
      • Fuel cell types
      • Fuel cell costs
    • Chapter 8: Hydropower
      • Abstract
      • Hydropower resource
      • Hydropower sites
      • Categories of hydropower plant
      • Large hydropower plants: dams and barrages
      • Dam types
      • Hydropower turbines
      • Generators
      • Small hydropower
      • Environmental considerations
      • Environmental assessment
      • Hydropower and intermittent renewable generation
      • Cost of electricity generation from hydropower plants
    • Chapter 9: Tidal Barrage Power Plants
      • Abstract
      • Tidal resource
      • Operating tidal barrage power plants
      • Tidal power plant design
      • Two-basin projects
      • Bunded reservoir
      • Tidal barrage construction techniques
      • Turbines
      • Turbine speed regulation
      • Sluices and shiplocks
      • Environmental considerations
      • Cost of electricity generation from tidal barrage power plants
    • Chapter 10: Power System Energy Storage Technologies
      • Abstract
      • Types of energy storage
      • Pumped storage hydropower
      • Compressed-air energy storage
      • Large-scale batteries
      • Superconducting magnetic energy storage
      • Flywheels
      • Capacitors
      • Hydrogen energy storage
    • Chapter 11: Wind Power
      • Abstract
      • Wind resources
      • Wind turbine technology
      • Wind turbine anatomy
      • Offshore wind turbine technology
      • Wind farms
      • Environmental effects of wind power
      • Wind intermittency and grid issues
      • Wind capacity limits
      • Repowering
      • Cost of wind power
    • Chapter 12: Geothermal Power
      • Abstract
      • Geothermal resource
      • Geothermal fields
      • Brine-methane reservoirs
      • Hot dry rock
      • Exploiting the magma
      • Location of geothermal resources
      • Size of the resource
      • Geothermal energy conversion technologies
      • Direct steam power plants
      • Flash steam plants
      • Binary cycle power plants
      • Geothermal power and district heating
      • Finding and exploiting geothermal sources
      • Cost of geothermal power
    • Chapter 13: Solar Power
      • Abstract
      • Solar energy resource
      • Solar sites and land resources
      • Solar power generation technologies
      • Solar thermal power generation
      • Photovoltaic devices
      • Cost of solar power
    • Chapter 14: Marine Power Generation Technologies
      • Abstract
      • Marine energy resource
      • Ocean thermal energy conversion
      • Wave power
      • Marine current energy
      • Salinity gradient power generation
      • Cost of marine power generation
    • Chapter 15: Biomass-based Power Generation
      • Abstract
      • Types of biomass
      • Biomass wastes
      • Fuelwood
      • Energy crops
      • Biomass trade
      • Biomass energy conversion technology
      • Direct firing
      • co-firing
      • Biomass gasification
      • Fuel handling
      • Biomass digesters
      • Liquid fuels
      • Cost of biomass power generation
    • Chapter 16: Power from Waste
      • Abstract
      • Landfill waste disposal
      • Sources of waste
      • Waste composition
      • Waste collection and recycling
      • Waste power generation technologies
      • Traditional waste incineration plants
      • Gasification and pyrolysis
      • Refuse-derived fuel
      • Environmental issues
      • Waste plant emissions
      • Cost of energy from waste plants
    • Chapter 17: Nuclear Power
      • Abstract
      • Global nuclear capacity
      • Fundamentals of nuclear power
      • Nuclear fission reactor designs
      • Nuclear fusion
      • Environmental question
      • Cost of nuclear power
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 408
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2014
  • Published: March 24, 2014
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080983363

About the Author

Paul Breeze

Paul Breeze is a journalist and freelance science and technology writer and consultant in the United Kingdom. He has specialised in power generation technology for the past 30 years. In addition to writing Power Generation Technologies, Second Edition, he has contributed to journals and newspapers such as The Financial Times and The Economist and has written a range of technical management reports covering all the aspects of power generation, transmission and distribution.

Affiliations and Expertise

Freelance Science and Technology Writer/Consultant, UK

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  • James A. Mon May 14 2018

    Power Generation Technologies

    Good overview, however more illustrations would of helped the novice understand better.