Renewable Energy System Design

Renewable Energy System Design

1st Edition - May 12, 2014

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  • Author: Ziyad Salameh
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080961675
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123749918

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The limitation of fossil fuels has challenged scientists and engineers to search for alternative energy resources that can meet future energy demand. Renewable Energy System Design is a valuable reference focusing on engineering, design, and operating principles that engineers can follow in order to successfully design more robust and efficient renewable energy systems. Written by Dr. Ziyad Salameh, an expert with over thirty years of teaching, research, and design experience, Renewable Energy System Design provides readers with the "nuts and bolts" of photovoltaic, wind energy, and hybrid wind/PV systems. It explores renewable energy storage devices with an emphasis on batteries and fuel cells and emerging sustainable technologies like biomass, geothermal power, ocean thermal energy conversion, solar thermal, and satellite power. Renewable Energy System Design is a must-have resource that provides engineers and students with a comprehensive yet practical guide to the characteristics, principles of operation, and power potential of the most prevalent renewable energy systems.

Key Features

  • Explains and demonstrates design and operating principles for solar, wind, hybrid and emerging systems with diagrams and examples
  • Utilizes case studies to help engineers anticipate and overcome common design challenges
  • Explores renewable energy storage methods particularly batteries and fuel cells and emerging renewable technologies


Engineers, project managers, consultants and students working in and studying Renewable Energy development and implementation.

Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • Chapter 1: Factors Promoting Renewable Energy Applications
      • Abstract
      • 1.1 Introduction
      • 1.2 US and world energy usage for electricity generation
      • 1.3 Factors affecting the application and use of alternative energy sources
      • 1.4 Global warming and renewable energy use
      • 1.5 Conclusion
    • Chapter 2: Photovoltaic
      • Abstract
      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 Solar radiation characteristics
      • 2.3 Photovoltaic conversion
      • 2.4 Performance evaluation of PV cells, modules, panels, and arrays
      • 2.5 Connections of photovoltaic devices
      • 2.6 Optimization of photovoltaic arrays
      • 2.7 Photovoltaic systems
      • 2.8 Applications of photovoltaics
      • 2.9 Utility interconnection issues and requirements
    • Chapter 3: Wind Energy Conversion Systems
      • Abstract
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 The characteristics of wind
      • 3.3 The aerodynamic theory of windmills
      • 3.4 Wind power profile
      • 3.5 Basic elements of the WECS
      • 3.6 WECS schemes for generating electricity
      • 3.7 Siting and sizing of WECS
      • 3.8 Wind turbine site matching
      • 3.9 Applications for wecs
      • 3.10 Levels of wind power generation in utility grid systems
      • 3.11 Future expectation of wecs
      • 3.12 A hybrid wind and PV energy conversion system
    • Chapter 4: Energy Storage
      • Abstract
      • 4.1 Battery technology
      • 4.2 Fuel cells
      • 4.3 Compressed air energy storage
      • 4.4 Flywheel Storage
      • 4.5 Hydropower
      • 4.6 Supercapacitors (Ultracapacitors)
      • 4.7 Superconducting magnetic energy storage
    • Chapter 5: Emerging Renewable Energy Sources
      • Abstract
      • 5.1 Ocean thermal energy conversion
      • 5.2 Tidal energy
      • 5.3 Wave power generation systems
      • 5.4 Geothermal energy systems
      • 5.5 Biomass energy systems
      • 5.6 Solar thermal energy conversion systems
      • 5.7 Microturbines
      • 5.8 Satellite power systems
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 404
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2014
  • Published: May 12, 2014
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080961675
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123749918

About the Author

Ziyad Salameh

Ziyad Salameh
Dr. Ziyad Salameh is Professor and former Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he is also the Director of the Center for Electric Car and Energy Conversion. For the past three decades, his research has focused on power electronics, the development and testing of batteries, testing electric vehicles, hybrid wind/photovoltaic power systems, super capacitors, and fuel cells . He regularly teaches a graduate-level course in Alternative Energy Systems upon which this book is based. He is an IEEE lifetime senior member and was awarded the 2015 IEEE Power & Energy Society Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Wind Turbine Research Group, UMass Lowell, USA

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