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Renewable Energy, 5th Edition

Book Description

Bent Sørensen’s Renewable Energy: Physics, Engineering, Environmental Impacts, Economics and Planning, Fifth Edition, continues the tradition by providing a thorough and current overview of the entire renewable energy sphere. Since its first edition, this standard reference source helped put renewable energy on the map of scientific agendas. Several renewable energy solutions no longer form just a marginal addition to energy supply, but have become major players, with the promise to become the backbone of an energy system suitable for life in the sustainability lane.

This volume is a problem-solving tool for engineers, researchers, students, 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, offering 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 new edition, Sørensen presents his audience with updated data about renewables market penetration, current insights on climate change, the most recent available technology for renewable energy conversion, transmission and storage, and revised planning scenarios and the future outlook.

  • Covers the underlying physics and engineering of energy sources and conversion processes, including methodologies, models, and analysis
  • Provides a better understanding of the scientific basis and current progress in the field
  • Requires advanced knowledge of math and physics
  • Provides a unique three part organization covering energy sources, conversion processes, and the related planning, environmental impacts, and socio-economic issues on regional and global levels
  • New edition presents updated data about renewables market penetration, current insights on climate change, the most recent available technology for renewable energy conversion, transmission and storage, and revised planning scenarios and future outlook

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Preface to fifth edition
  6. Preface to fourth edition
  7. Preface to third edition
  8. Preface to second edition
  9. Preface to first edition
  10. Units and conversion factors
    1. Powers of 10
    2. SI Units
    3. Conversion Factors
  11. Part I: Renewable Energy Resources
    1. 1. Perspectives on energy resources
      1. Abstract
      2. 1.1 Current renewable energy market
      3. 1.2 Past and present energy resources
      4. 1.3 Resource prospects for the future
      5. 1.4 Global temperature impacts and other climate impacts
      6. 1.5 Role of environmental and social issues
      7. 1.6 The sustainability test
      8. References
    2. 2. Origin of renewable energy flows
      1. Abstract
      2. 2.1 Solar radiation
      3. 2.2 Disposition of radiation on the Earth
      4. 2.3 Processes near the surface of the Earth
      5. 2.4 The energy cycle of the Earth
      6. 2.5 Inclusion of non-radiative energy flows
      7. References
    3. 3. Individual renewable energy sources
      1. Abstract
      2. 3.1 Direct solar energy
      3. 3.2 Wind
      4. 3.3 Water flows and reservoirs, waves, and tides
      5. 3.4 Heat flows, reservoirs, and other sources of energy
      6. 3.5 Biological conversion and stores
      7. Part I: Mini projects, discussion issues, and exercises
      8. References
  12. Part II: Renewable Energy Technologies
    1. 4. The energy conversion processes
      1. Abstract
      2. 4.1 General principles
      3. 4.2 Heat energy conversion processes
      4. 4.3 Mechanical energy conversion processes
      5. 4.4 Solar radiation conversion
      6. 4.5 Electrochemical energy conversion
      7. 4.6 Bioenergy conversion processes
      8. References
    2. 5. Energy transmission and storage
      1. Abstract
      2. 5.1 Energy transmission
      3. 5.2 Heat storage
      4. 5.3 Latent heat and chemical transformation storage
      5. 5.4 High-quality energy storage
      6. 5.5 Pumped hydro storage
      7. Part II: Mini projects, discussion issues, and exercises
      8. References
  13. Part III: Renewable Energy Impacts: Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change Aversion
    1. 6. Energy system planning
      1. Abstract
      2. 6.1 Methodology of energy planning
      3. 6.2 Demand scenario construction
      4. 6.3 Supply scenario construction
      5. 6.4 Implementation issues
      6. 6.5 Local systems
      7. 6.6 Regional systems
      8. 6.7 Global energy scenarios
      9. References
    2. 7. Socioeconomic assessment
      1. Abstract
      2. 7.1 Social and economic framework
      3. 7.2 Scale of analysis
      4. 7.3 Life-cycle analysis
      5. References
    3. 8. Integrated approaches
      1. Abstract
      2. 8.1 Greenhouse warming mitigation
      3. 8.2 Greenhouse warming adaptation
      4. 8.3 Ecological sustainability
      5. Part III: Mini projects, discussion issues, and exercises
      6. References
  14. Index