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The energy conversion processes

Abstract

This chapter contains the engineering basis for renewable energy conversion into desired energy supply forms. After introducing the general transformation theory for mechanical and thermodynamic processes, the treatment of specific heat and electricity conversion systems are described. Engines, heat pumps, boilers, furnaces, a range of flow-driven converters, photovoltaic and photothermal devices, coolers, electrochemical converters such as fuel cells, and tools for biological conversion into heat or power.

Keywords

Thermodynamic engine cycles; Thermoelectric conversion; Heat pumps; Wind energy converters; Hydro energy; Wave energy converters; Photovoltaic cells; Solar thermal panels; Combines solar power ...

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