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Small Scale Power Generation Handbook - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128216729

Small Scale Power Generation Handbook

1st Edition

Towards Distributed Energy Systems

Editors: Umberto Desideri Lorenzo Ferrari
Paperback ISBN: 9780128216729
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st July 2021
Page Count: 500
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Small Scale Power Generation Handbook: Towards Distributed Energy Systems is a technological assessment of small-scale power in one reference, covering various technologies that can be applied to construct small power generation, each with their unique characteristics of operation, maintenance, control and integration within the grid. Addressing how conventional generation can be jointly and efficiently operated with renewable energy sources in small scale power sources, the specific peculiarities of small-scale power are considered in terms of performance, availability and reliability, all in relation to the current trend of incorporating small and distributed power plants using different energy sources and fuels.

This book provides technological advances along with the critical issues and economic performance of small size power plants of all types in a single source, making it relevant for professionals involved in the design of small-scale power generation systems and those interested in current energy system design.

Key Features

  • Compares the advantages and weaknesses of small-scale power production with a focus on new challenges for grid integration
  • Critically analyzes different technology issues surrounding operation, maintenance and control
  • Includes small-scale power generation technology examples and global case studies


Researchers and scholars working in the field of energy research. Technical and engineering staff of companies manufacturing small size power plants and renewable power generation systems

Table of Contents

1. Millennium change in energy conversion
2. Intermittent Renewable power systems
3. Programmable renewable power systems
4. Fossil fired power plants
5. Integration of small-scale power systems


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About the Editors

Umberto Desideri

Umberto Desideri is a full-time professor of thermal machines at the University of Pisa, with over 25 years of experience in research and teaching in energy systems, power plant technology, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Professor Desideri has authored more than 200 scientific publications in Journals, Proceedings of conferences, as book chapters and is Editor of Applied Energy. In his career he has also been guest editors of special issues of scientific journals, editor of books and has an extensive network of contacts. He is also reviewer for several scientific journals, which allow him to be most updated on new findings and research activities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Thermal Machines, University of Pisa

Lorenzo Ferrari

Lorenzo Ferrari has a PhD in Energy Engineering and is currently Assistant professor with tenure at the University of Pisa. He has been active in the research of distributed generation systems also with renewable energy. He is author of 141 papers

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, University of Pisa

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