Renewable Energy

4th Edition

Physics, Engineering, Environmental Impacts, Economics and Planning

Authors: Bent Sørensen Bent Sørensen
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123750259
eBook ISBN: 9780080890661
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 19th November 2010
Page Count: 976
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This volume is a true shelf reference, providing a thorough overview of the entire renewable energy sphere, while still functioning as a go-to information source for professionals and students when they need answers about a specific technical issue. Crafted over the last 15 years into a problem-solving tool for engineers, researchers, consultants and planners currently working in the field, as well as a detailed map of the renewables universe for those looking to expand into new technological specialties, Renewable Energy by Sorensen offers the most comprehensive coverage of the subject available.

The book has been structured around three parts in order to assist readers in focusing on the issues that impact them the most for a given project or question. PART I covers the basic scientific principles behind all major renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind and biomass. PART II provides in-depth information about how these raw renewable sources can actually be converted into useful forms, transmitted into the grid and stored for future utilization. Finally, PART III undertakes the aspects of energy planning, environmental impacts and socio-economic issues on regional and global levels.

In this fourth edition update, new material includes expanded coverage of biofuels, solar conversion, biomass and fuel cells, storage and transmission, and a new chapter on integrated technologies to introduce the hybrid systems now being explored. New surveys and the most recent research findings are included throughout.

Key Features

  • New, thoroughly updated fourth edition of the authoritative field guide to the entire Renewable Energy universe
  • The only books to scientific principles and implementation methods, technologies and socio-economics, environmental impacts and cutting-edge advances, all in one volume
  • New material includes expanded coverage of biofuels, solar conversion, biomass and fuel cells, storage and transmission, and a new chapter on integrated systems

Readership

Research scientists, engineers, project managers, consultants and graduate students involved in Renewable Energy development and implementation

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Perspectives
1.1 Current marketplace penetration
1.2 Brief history of energy use
1.3 Determinants for the future development in energy use
1.4 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects

PART I: Energy Resources

Chapter 2. Status, prospects and sustainability issues
2.1 Non-renewable energy resources
2.2 Renewable energy resource introduction

Chapter 3. The origin of renewable energy flows
3.1 Solar radiation
3.2 Disposition of radiation at the Earth
3.3 Processes near the surface of the Earth
3.4 Non-radiative energy flows
3.5 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects

Chapter 4. Modelling renewable energy flows
4.1 Circulation modelling
4.2 Climate: definition and modelling
4.3 Climate: interference and change
4.4 Summary of energy and related matter cycles
4.5 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects

Chapter 5. Individual renewable energy resources
5.1 Direct solar energy
5.2 Wind flows
5.3 Water flows and reservoirs, waves and tides
5.4 Heat flows and reservoirs
5.5 Biological conversion and stores
5.6 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects

PART II: Technologies for converting and handling renewable energy

Chapter 6. General principles
6.1 Principles of energy conversion
6.2 Thermodynamical engine cycles
6.3 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects

Chapter 7. Heat energy conversion processes
7.1 Direct thermoelectric conversion
7.2. Engine conversion of solar energy
7.3 Heat pumps
7.4 Geothermal energy conversion
7.5 Ocean-thermal conversion
7.6 Topics for discussion and for mini-projects

Chapter 8. Mechanical energy conversion processes
8.1 Basic description of flow-driven converters
8.2 Propeller-type converters
8.3. Cross-wind and other alternative converter concepts
8.4 Hydro and tidal energy conversion
8.5 Magneto hydrodynamic converters
8.6 Wave en

Details

No. of pages:
976
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2010
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Paperback ISBN:
9780081014622
eBook ISBN:
9780080890661
Hardcover ISBN:
9780123750259

About the Author

Bent 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 30 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.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Bent 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 30 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.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Reviews

"This book is written for scholars and research students, going well beyond more popular texts and covering in detail the physics, engineering, environmental impacts and socioeconomics of all renewable energy sources. It includes many hundreds of references…. It is suitable as a textbook at the undergraduate and graduate level for scientists and engineers, and could also be used by economists and planners.  For teachers, there are mini projects and exercises after each Part….the text is clear and the units are still SI."--AIE’s EnergyNews, December 2011, Volume 29, No. 4, page 107

"Renewable Energy, 4e by Bent Sorensen has been structured around three parts in order to assist readers in focusing on the issues that impact them the most for a given project or question. PART I covers the basic scientific principles behind all major renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind and biomass. PART II provides in-depth information about how these raw renewable sources can actually be converted into useful forms, transmitted into the grid and stored for future utilization. Finally, PART III undertakes the aspects of energy planning, environmental impacts and socio-economic issues on regional and global levels."--Renewableenergyworld.com