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Origin of renewable energy flows

Abstract

The basic physical processes responsible for availability of renewable energy sources on Earth are described, from formation of and properties of solar radiation, over processes taking place near the surface of the Earth (in atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere) to comprehensive models attempting to capture enough of the determinants for circulation and climate to be able to understand present and future climates.

Keywords

Solar radiation; Energy production in stars; Disposition of radiation at the surface of the Earth; Energy and matter cycles of the Earth; Meteorological models; Climate models; Scales of atmospheric motion

In this chapter, renewable energy is followed from the sources where it is created—notably ...

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