Renewable Energy Focus e-Mega Handbook

Renewable Energy Focus e-Mega Handbook

1st Edition - December 29, 2008

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  • Authors: Bent Sorensen (Sørensen), Paul Breeze, Galen Suppes, N. El Bassam, Dr. Semida Silveira, Shang-Tian Yang, Aldo da Rosa, Harsh Gupta, Sukanta Roy, Mukesh Doble, Michel Broussely, P. Maegaard, Frano Barbir, Gianfranco Pistoia, Soteris Kalogirou, Truman Storvick
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123747068

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A one-stop Desk Reference, for engineers involved in renewable energies; this is a book that will not gather dust on the shelf. It brings together the essential professional reference content from leading international contributors in the field. Material ranges from basic to advanced topics

Key Features

* A fully searchable Mega Reference Ebook, providing all the essential material needed by Energy and Environmental Engineers on a day-to-day basis.

* Fundamentals, key techniques, engineering best practice and rules-of-thumb together in one quick-reference.

* Over 2,500 pages of reference material, including over 1,500 pages not included in the print edition


Renewable energy engineers and managers; Professionals in environmental engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering; Energy providers; equipment designers and manufacturers;

Table of Contents

  • Author Biographies

    Section 1 Introduction

    1.0 Introduction

    1.1 The History of Energy

    Section 2 Energy Perspectives

    2.1 Energy Perspectives

    2.2 Political and Technological Issues

    2.3 Electrical Power as Sustainable Energy

    2.4 Planning of Integrated Energy Systems for Rural Communities

    2.5 The Energy Outlook

    2.6 Bioenergy - Realizing the Potential Now

    Section 3 Alternative Energy Sources

    3.1 Alternate Energy Sources

    3.2 Energy Reserves and Renewable Energy Sources

    3.3 The Individual Energy Sources

    3.4 Renewable Energy Resources and Technologies

    Section 4 Energy Conversion

    4.1 Energy Conversion Processes

    4.2 Mechanical Heat Engines

    4.3 Ocean Thermal Energy Converters

    Section 5 Fuel Cells

    5.1 Fuel Cells

    5.2 Fuel Cell System Design

    5.3 Fuel Cell Applications

    5.4 Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Economy

    Section 6 Solar Power

    6.1 Solar Power

    6.2 Solar Thermal Collectors and Applications

    6.3 Solar Radiation

    6.4 Photovoltaic Converters

    6.5 Solar Thermal Power Generation

    6.6 Solar Thermal Energy, Industrial and Heat Applications

    Section 7 Ocean, Wave and Tidal Power

    7.1 Ocean Power

    7.2 Tidal Energy

    7.3 Wave and Tidal Energy Conversion

    Section 8 Geothermal Power

    8.1 Geothermal Power

    8.2 Basic Concepts

    8.3 Worldwide Status of Geothermal Resource Utilization

    8.4 Thermal Energy of the Oceans

    Section 9 Wind Power

    9.1 Wind Power

    9.2 Wind Farms

    Section 10 Hydropower

    10.1 Hydropower Resources

    10.2 Hydropower Technology

    Section 11 Power from Waste

    11.1 Power from Waste

    11.2 Waste Energy Technology

    Section 12 Bioenergy

    12.1 Bioenergy

    12.2 Biodiesel Fuels

    12.3 Biomass-Based Power Generation

    12.4 Bioreactor Engineering

    12.5 Power Generation from Biorenewable Resources

    12.6 Biological Production of Hydrogen from Biorenewable Resources

    Section 13 Storage Technologies

    13.1 Storage Technologies

    13.2 Lead Acid Batteries for Solar and Wind Energy Storage

    13.3 Battery Management and Life Prediction

    13.4 Battery Collection and Recycling

Product details

  • No. of pages: 528
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: December 29, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123747068

About the Authors

Bent Sorensen (Sørensen)

Bent Sorensen (Sørensen)
Professor Emeritus at the Department of People and Technology, and a professor of physics at the Institute of Mathematics and Physics, both at Roskilde University, Denmark. He is also an independent consultant at Novator Advanced Technology Consulting. Bent Sørensen’s research is cross-disciplinary and has resulted in nearly a thousand scientific articles and some 40 books, including foundation work in economic theory (the scenario method, life-cycle analysis) and in energy research (renewable energy resources, technology and applications).

Dr. Sørensen is one of the world’s leading specialists in renewable energy. He has five decades of experience in researching the field, and has published hundreds of monographs, articles in scientific journals, technical reports, and conference contributions. He has received several awards and has been knighted by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark.

He has worked at universities in Japan, France, Denmark, Australia and the United States (Berkeley and Yale), has been a consultant to governments and international organizations, a lead author in the IPCC climate assessment recipient of several international prizes and honors.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University, Denmark; Independent Consultant, NOVATOR Advanced Technology Consulting, Denmark

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

Galen Suppes

Galen J. Suppes is a professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA. He received his B.S in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University in 1985, and his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in 1989. He has also done Post-Doc Class Work at the University of Huston in 1991/92, and is author of over 120 documents, including peer reviewed articles, conference papers and scientific reports.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA

N. El Bassam

Prof. Dr. N. El Bassam is the founder and director of the International Research Centre for Renewable Energy (IFEED), Germany, India and USA; Chairperson at World Council of Renewable Energy (WCRE) Scientific Advisory Board, Federal Association of Regenerative Mobility, and Vice President of the Climate Protection Agency North Germany; Chairman of the Working Group Sustainable Rural Energy Network (SREN), FAO, United Nations, Rome; ); Program Head of the Projects wind energy and Concentrating Solar Power for Power (CSP) Supply and Seawater Desalination Middle East and North Africa (DESERTEC). He coordinates the Centre activities, technology transfer of and the co-operation in national and international organizations (UN, EU, and Club of Rome), the integration and application of renewable energy resources available in various regions for electricity, water and food supply with aims of empowering the countryside. El Bassam is well-known as Poverty Researcher, in this context he initiated the strategy and project “Empowering Urban Cities and Rural Habitats in Africa” which considered as a Marshal Plan for sustainable economic development and combating Poverty, migration, and Depopulation of urban cities and Rural Communities worldwide. He contributes as an editor in the journals: International Journal “Sustainability Science, Springer Scientific Publishing Services; Jordan Journal of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences (AJEAS). El Bassam published 12 books, authored numerous publications, and received several awards

Affiliations and Expertise

Founder and Director, International Research Centre for Renewable Energy (IFEED)

Dr. Semida Silveira

Affiliations and Expertise

Swedish Energy Agency, Eskilstuna, Sweden

Shang-Tian Yang

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University, OH, USA

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

Harsh Gupta

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Ocean Development, New Delhi, India

Sukanta Roy

Affiliations and Expertise

National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India

Mukesh Doble

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biotechnology, I.I.T. Madras, Chennai, India

Michel Broussely

Affiliations and Expertise

SAFT, Speciality Battery Group, Poitiers, France

P. Maegaard

Dr. Maegaard is Director of the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, an institute for the development and implementation of renewable energies located in Denmark. The center has, under his leadership, provided transfer of renewable energy technology to many countries. Dr. Maegaard was appointed the first president of the World Wind Energy Institute, first president of the World Wind Energy Association, and has served as a Renewable Energy Adviser to the President of Mali. For over three decades, Dr. Maegaard has been a director, organizer, and speaker at numerous international seminars, workshops and conferences. He has authored numerous reports, books, and articles in Danish, English, German and Japanese on renewables and sustainable development.

Affiliations and Expertise

Danish Center for Renewable Energy, Hurup Thy, Denmark

Frano Barbir

Affiliations and Expertise

Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA

Gianfranco Pistoia

Affiliations and Expertise

formerly Research Director, National Research Council, Rome, Italy

Soteris Kalogirou

Soteris Kalogirou
Professor Soteris Kalogirou obtained his PhD and DSc from the University of Glamorgan, UK. For more than 30 years, he has been actively involved in research of solar energy and in flat plate and concentrating collectors, solar water heating, solar steam generating systems, desalination, photovoltaics and absorption cooling in particular. He has many books and book contributions and has published large number papers in international scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings. He is Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy, as well as Editorial Board Member of another eleven journals. He is the author of the book Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems and Thermal Solar Desalination, both published by Academic Press of Elsevier. He has been a member of World Renewable Energy Network (WREN), American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and International Solar Energy Society (ISES).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences and Engineering, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus

Truman Storvick

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA

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