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With energy sustainability and security at the forefront of public discourse worldwide, there is a pressing need to foster an understanding of clean, safe alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power. Aldo da Rosa’s highly respected and comprehensive resource fulfills this need; it has provided thousands of engineers, scientists, students and professionals alike with a thorough grounding in the scientific principles underlying the complex world of renewable energy technologies. This new third edition of the classic text highlights advances in this vital area, which are proceeding at an unprecedented pace, allowing everyone interested in this burgeoning field to keep up with the latest developments in diverse topics from solar cooling to renewable energy storage.
Illuminates the basic principles behind all key renewable power sources- solar, wind, biomass, hydropower & fuel cells
Connects scientific theory with practical implementation through physical examples; end-of-chapter questions help readers apply their knowledge
Written by one of the world’s foremost experts in renewable energy, drawing from his decades of experience in academia and industry
NEW TO THIS EDITION: -All new chapter on pivotal renewable energy storage technologies -Now includes discussion of power grid and transmission issues -Expanded coverage of Hydropower and advances in PV cells -New and improved figures and additional end-of-chapter problems
Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes contains the technical detail necessary to understand the engineering principles that govern renewable energy application at many different levels. Focused on the fundamental mechanisms and processes that underpin energy management, it provides students with the foundation for all energy process courses. This text is organized according to the main forms of energy - heat engines, hydrogen energy, energy from the sun, and wind and water energy - with an introductory chapter of basic energy terms. From fuel cells, electrolyzers and processes for hydrogen production to biomass and windmills the author provides the most thorough examination of all aspects of renewable energy processes. Examines the fundamentals of some non-traditional energy processes and illustrates the best way to implement these processes in our modern world. Appropriate for all students and professionals studying the basic mechanisms of renewable energies. Clear theory and physical examples of all principles relevant to the study of renewable energy. Author is an internationally recognized pioneer researche
"…very helpful to serious students in this rapidly advancing field…includes key introductory material with the technical detail needed to understand the engineering principles that govern renewable energy applications, making the work suitable for core energy courses. Clear theory, physical examples, and end-of-chapter questions will prompt students to apply the theory to practical cases."--CHOICE April 2013
Dr. da Rosa is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, where he has taught the perennially popular Renewable Energy course for over 30 years. Former Chairman of the Brazilian National Research Council, Director of the Aeronautical Technical Center, and founder of Brazilian NASA, he also has extensive industry experience, serving as the CEO of a tech start-up, Chairman of the Board for a microprocessor manufacturer, and as a member of Siemens Corporation’s scientific advisory board. Dr. da Rosa is Eminent Engineer TauBeta Pi, member Sigma Xi, and Senior Member IEEE.
Chapter 1: Generalities Part I: Heat Engines Chapter 2: A Minimum of Thermodynamics and of the Kinetic Theory of Gases Chapter 3: Mechanical Heat Engines Chapter 4: Ocean Thermal Energy Converters Chapter 5: Thermoelectricity Chapter 6: Thermionics Chapter 7: AMTEC Chapter 8: Radio-Noise Generators Part II: The World of Hydrogen Chapter 9: Fuel Cells Chapter 10: Hydrogen Production Chapter 11: Hydrogen Storage Part III: Energy from the Sun Chapter 12: Solar Radiation Chapter 13: Biomass Chapter 14: Photovoltaic Converters Part IV: Wind and Water Chapter 15: Wind Energy Chapter 16: Ocean Engines Chapter 17: Nuclear Energy Chapter 18: Storage of Energy