Renewable Energy Resources is a numerate and quantitative text covering the full range of renewable energy technologies and their implementation worldwide. Energy supplies from renewables (such as from biofuels, solar heat, photovoltaics, wind, hydro, wave, tidal, geothermal, and ocean-thermal) are essential components of every nation’s energy strategy, not least because of concerns for the local and global environment, for energy security and for sustainability. Thus in the years between the first and this third edition, most renewable energy technologies have grown from fledgling impact to significant importance because they make good sense, good policy and good business.This Third Edition is extensively updated in light of these developments, while maintaining the book’s emphasis on fundamentals, complemented by analysis of applications. Renewable energy helps secure national resources, mitigates pollution and climate change, and provides cost effective services. These benefits are analysed and illustrated with case studies and worked examples. The book recognises the importance of cost effectiveness and efficiency of end-use. Each chapter begins with fundamental scientific theory, and then considers applications, environmental impact and socio-economic aspects before concluding with Quick Questions for self-revision and Set Problems. The book includes Reviews of basic theory underlying renewable energy technologies, such as electrical power, fluid dynamics, heat transfer and solid-state physics. Common symbols and cross-referencing apply throughout; essential data are tabulated in appendices. An associated eResource provides supplementary material on particular topics, plus a solutions guide to Set Problems.Renewable Energy Resources supports multi-disciplinary master degrees in science and engineering, and specialist modules in first degrees. Practising scientists and engineers who have not had a comprehensive training in renewable energy will find it a useful introductory text and a reference book.
Published by: Routledge | Publication date: 01/26/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 816 pages
Alternative Energy: Renewable Energy ResourcesGreen energy is our future With fossil fuels being depleted over the years, it is imperative to our survival that we use green energy. Fossil fuels also give off pollution, which is hurting our Earth as well as our health. In this book, you will learn all about the different green energies that are available and still being researched today. You will also learn about the rich history of the evolution of energy usage and creation. For those of you who are interested in solar power, you will be happy to know that you can read all about it in this book. It is our responsibility to think of our children's children and with green energy we can ensure that we leave the planet as beautiful as it is today. Don’t hesitate to pick up your copy today by clicking the BUY NOW button at the top of this page!
Publication date: 08/11/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 30 pages
A fresh approach to solar power in 2017 through the effective use of "Efficiency First Principles" This ground-breaking book by long time seasoned renewable energy professional Zax Vagen is packed full of innovative ideas, old industry mainstays and ancient wisdom that come together timeously in this book. Riddled with tips and tricks, from choosing the right product to leveraging practical advantage and "opportunity phycics". Join Zax Vagen and his hilarious coffee habit as he unravels the mysteries of achieving the nirvana of off-grid living without spending a fortune. Now with a new chapter about never before published drivers of global warming and climate change.
Publication date: 04/17/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 53 pages
This book uniquely covers both the physics of photovoltaic (PV) cells and the design of PV systems for real-life applications. From the fundamental principles of semiconductor solar cells; through PV technology (crystalline silicon solar cells; thin-film cells; PV modules); to components, design, deployment and performance of PV systems in use. The book is an invaluable reference for researchers, industrial engineers and designers working in solar energy generation. The book is also ideal for university and third-level physics or engineering courses on solar photovoltaics, with exercises to check students’ understanding and reinforce learning. It is the perfect companion to the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Solar Energy (DelftX, ET.3034TU) presented by co-author Arno Smets. The course is available in English on the nonprofit open source edX.org platform, and in Arabic on edraak.org. Over 100,000 students have already registered for these MOOCs.
Published by: UIT Cambridge | Publication date: 01/28/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 488 pages
Renewable Energy Finance describes in rich detail current best practices and evolving trends in clean energy investing. With contributions from some of the world's leading experts in energy finance, the book documents how investors are spending over US$200 billion each year on financing renewable energy and positioning themselves in a global investment market that will continue to expand at double-digit growth rates through the end of the decade. The book describes with first-hand experiences the challenges of "keeping the lights on" amid rising conventional energy prices and looming environmental risks.Chapters describe project financing vehicles for a range of renewable energy technologies including solar photovoltaic power plants, offshore wind farms, and bio-fuel refineries, as well as financing practices in a diverse set of countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and China. The book gives readers a unique insiders' perspective on how renewable energy deals actually get done, and is a go-to reference manual for understanding how to fund investment projects in renewable energy. Drawing together contributions from senior executives and academic thought-leaders, Renewable Energy Finance will serve an audience of readers craving a practitioner's perspective that avoids industry clichés, self-promotion, and grandstanding.
Published by: Powering the Future | Publication date: 06/23/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Addressing the sustainable energy crisis in an objective manner, this enlightening book analyzes the relevant numbers and organizes a plan for change on both a personal level and an international scale--for Europe, the United States, and the world. In case study format, this informative reference answers questions surrounding nuclear energy, the potential of sustainable fossil fuels, and the possibilities of sharing renewable power with foreign countries. While underlining the difficulty of minimizing consumption, the tone remains positive as it debunks misinformation and clearly explains the calculations of expenditure per person to encourage people to make individual changes that will benefit the world at large. If you've thrown your hands up in despair thinking no solution is possible, then read this book - it's an honest, realistic, and humorous discussion of all our energy options.
Published by: UIT Cambridge | Publication date: 05/14/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Every day there are news reports that highlight spiralling energy costs, accelerating energy consumption, serious concerns over fuel security and fears that oil production may soon decline. All such reports are set against a background of the most serious threat to the world today - global warming and the devastating impact of climate change.This informative and wide-ranging book, written by an acknowledged expert, demonstrates how renewable energy technologies can help meet CO2 reduction targets. The author emphasizes that we need to use these technologies on a much wider scale to produce heat and electricity, and argues that if action is taken immediately it could make an enormous difference. He demonstrates how by installing a renewable energy technology in your home, you will be taking a step towards reducing your carbon footprint and ultimately you will be helping to save the planet. Now in a fully updated edition, this invaluable and well-illustrated book reviews the range of currently available renewable technologies that can provide energy as heat and electricity for our homes, businesses and industry, and also save harmful emissions, energy and money.The technologies are: Solar energy using solar panels for hot water and electricity; Heat pumps, which take heat from the ground for homes and buildings; Biomass fuels such as wood and waste, and even specially grown crops; Wind power, which can provide us with significant amounts of electricity in the decades ahead; Hydroelectricity where suitable rivers and streams are available; The potential of emerging technologies such as geothermal, wave and tidal power. An invaluable and informative book that demonstrates how renewable energy technologies can help meet CO2 reduction targets. Installing a renewable energy technology in your home will be a step towards reducing your carbon footprint. Reviews the currently available renewable technologies tht can provide energy for home, businesses and industry. Superbly illustrated with 78 colour photographs and 20 diagrams. Andy McCrea is a Chartered Engineer and was awarded an MBE for services to the electricity industry in 2004.
Published by: Crowood | Publication date: 03/01/2013Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Sustainable Energy: what is it and how do we measure it?: A pioneering book about alternative energy, renewable energy and thermodynamics (Towards 9 Billion: ... and big ideas for a sustainable future 2)
Sustainable Energy: What is it and how do we measure it?A pioneering book about alternative energy, renewable energy, and thermodynamicsBook 2 in the 'Towards 9 Billion' sustainability series. this is a small book about big questionsregarding sustainable energy and thermodynamics.
- What is the point of sustainable energy?
- How do we align thermodyanmics to economics?
- How can we prevent killing the planet?
- How do we measure the circular economy?
- What are the external costs of oil?
- What’s the role of energy in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
Publication date: 12/21/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 65 pages
How will the world be powered in ten years' time? Not by fossil fuels. Energy experts are all saying the same thing: solar photovoltaics (PV) is our future. Reports from universities, investment banks, international institutions and large investors agree. It's not about whether the switch from fossil fuels to solar power will happen, but when.Solar panels are being made that will last longer than ever hoped; investors are seeing the benefits of the long-term rewards provided by investing in solar; in the Middle East, a contractor can now offer solar-powered electricity far cheaper than that of a coal-fired power station. The Switch tracks the transition away from coal, oil and gas to a world in which the limitless energy of the sun provides much of the energy the 10 billion people of this planet will need. It examines both the solar future and how we will get there, and the ways in which we will provide stored power when the sun isn't shining. We learn about artificial photosynthesis from a start-up in the US that is making petrol from just CO2 and sunlight; ideas on energy storage are drawn from a company in Germany that makes batteries for homes; in the UK, a small company in Swindon has the story of wind turbines; and in Switzerland, a developer shows how we can use hydrogen to make 'renewable' natural gas for heating.Told through the stories of entrepreneurs, inventors and scientists from around the world, and using the latest research and studies, The Switch provides a positive solution to the climate change crisis, and looks to a brighter future ahead.
Published by: Profile Books | Publication date: 07/07/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 288 pages
In The Colours of Energy – Essays on the Future of Energy in Society, leading energy thinkers explore the future of energy in society. In 36 provoking and inspiring essays, they question established truths and chart possible paths towards a more sustainable future. They share their insights on how to provide energy to an increasingly affluent and growing world population within the boundaries of our planet. The 55 authors are thought leaders in industry, government and academia. Their thinking covers the full range of the issues related to energy transitions. Subjects are as varied as geopolitics, mobility, biomass, geologic climate records, nuclear energy and the ethics of oil recovery.Jorgen Randers (Club of Rome) draws lessons from his seminal The Limits to Growth. Amory Lovins (Rocky Mountain Institute) paints energy efficiency as a disruptive technology. Jeremy Bentham (Shell’s scenario group) analyses how global carbon emissions may be reduced to a net zero. The book also contains a previously unpublished essay by James Lovelock (‘Gaia hypothesis’), written in 1966 about the year 2000.Some essays focus on specific countries, which show how challenges and approaches differ from place to place. They analyse, for example, how Germany may cope with its excess of renewable power and how China could become the next world leader of green energy. Energy transitions offer a great deal of opportunities, but immense challenges at the same time, with few easy answers. These challenges merit an informed debate. This is the reason why Shell initiated this book and is publishing it for free. The book was edited by Gert Jan Kramer (Shell, Leiden University) and Bram Vermeer (science writer). It has a foreword by Ben van Beurden (CEO of Shell) and a preface by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker (Co-President of the Club of Rome). Written in accessible non-technical language, The colours of energy is an essential read for anyone interested in the world of energy and energy transitions. ‘It is a true venture to debate the future on the basis of what the best energy experts in the world have come up with’ (Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker).Disclaimer: The views expressed in The colours of energy – Essays on the future of energy in society are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Royal Dutch Shell plc nor any of its subsidiaries (Shell).
Published by: Shell International BV | Publication date: 12/12/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 288 pages