Renewable Energy Technologies - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080340616, 9781483190990

Renewable Energy Technologies

1st Edition

Their Applications in Developing Countries

Authors: L. A. Kristoferson V. Bokalders
eBook ISBN: 9781483190990
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1986
Page Count: 338
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Renewable Energy Technologies: Their Applications in Developing Countries presents an overview and assessment of technologies for energy-related projects in the rural sector of developing countries.
This book discusses the important, but not dominant, role that new and renewable sources of energy (NARSE) will have in the Third World. Bioenergy fuel sources come from wood fuel, energy crops, agricultural residue and organic wastes, peat, biomass briquettes, biogas, and animal power. The text also describes the problems related to operating biomass engines and to the production of engine fuels such as alcohol fuels, vegetable oil, producer gas made from wood and charcoal. These problems concern land use and site location for growing these fuel crops, government policies or subsidies, as well as competition with prevailing petrol prices. Solar water heaters and photovoltaic cells can be used by households and in bigger institutions; ongoing technological developments mainly focus on cutting down costs and better manufacturing methods. The book also addresses other NARSE such as hydro, wind, and water power generation.
This book is suitable for economists, environmentalists, ecologists, and policy makers involved in energy conservation and rural development.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Section I Bioenergy: Production, Conversion, Utilization

Chapter 1 Fuelwood: Forestry & Agroforestry

Chapter 2 Energy Crops

Chapter 3 Agricultural Residues and Organic Wastes

Chapter 4 Peat

Chapter 5 Briquetting of Biomass

Chapter 6 Charcoal Production

Chapter 7 Wood and Charcoal Stoves

Chapter 8 Biomass Combustion in Small-scale Industry

Chapter 9 Biogas

Chapter 10 Biogas

Section II Biomass Engines and Biomass Engine Fuels

Chapter 11 Production of Biomass Engine Fuels

- Solid fuels

- Ethanol

- Methanol

- Vegetable Oils

Chapter 12 Biomass Fuels in Internal Combustion Engines

- Alcohol Fuels (Ethanol & Methanol)

- Vegetable Oils

- Producer Gas

Chapter 13 External Combustion Engines and Use of Biomass Fuels

- Steam Engines and Steam Turbines

- Stirling Engines

Chapter 14 Comparison & Selection of Biomass Engines

Section III Solar Energy

Chapter 15 Solar Water Heating

Chapter 16 Photovoltaics

Chapter 17 Advanced Solar Heating Systems

Chapter 18 Solar Water Distillation

Chapter 19 Solar Driers

Chapter 20 Solar Cookers

Chapter 21 Passive Heating & Cooling of Buildings

Section IV Hydro, Wind and Water Power

Chapter 22 Small-scale Hydropower

Chapter 23 Ocean Power: Tidal, Wave & OTEC

Chapter 24 Wind Power

Chapter 25 Water Pumping: An Overview

Chapter 26 Wind Pumps

Chapter 27 Hand Pumps


Appendix 1 List of Abbreviations, Units and Acronyms

Appendix 2 Conversion Tables

Appendix 3 List of Background Reports Commissioned by the Beijer Institute


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