Renewable Energy: Four Volume Set

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Overview

This four-volume set, edited by a leading expert in the field, brings together in one collection a series of papers that have been fundamental to the development of renewable energy as a defined discipline. Some of the papers were first published many years ago, but they remain classics in their fields and retain their relevance to the understanding of current issues. The papers have been selected with the assistance of an eminent international editorial board. The set includes a general introduction and each volume is introduced by a new overview essay, placing the selected papers in context. The range of subject matter is considerable, including coverage of all the main renewable technologies, the fundamental principles by which they function, and the issues around their deployment such as planning, integration and socio-economic assessment.

Overall, the set provides students, teachers and researchers, confronted with thousands of journal articles, book chapters and grey literature stretching back decades, with a ready-made selection of and commentary on the most important key writings in renewable energy. It will be an essential reference for libraries concerned with energy, technology and the environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844078677
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Series: Earthscan Reference Collections Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 2320
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bent Sørensen is professor emeritus at Roskilde University. He has held academic positions at Universities of New South Wales (Australia), Grenoble (France), Yale and Berkeley (USA) and Kyoto (Japan), and been technical director of Denmark's largest engineering firm. He has served as advisor for OECD and several governments and UN agencies, and was a lead author for the IPCC Second Assessment Report.

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Table of Contents

Volume I:
Renewable Energy Origins and Flows
1. History Energy use by humans and their societies, milestones in technology development
2. Flows Solar energy cycle, creation of indirect flows and deposits
3. Resource base and demand Size of renewable energy resources, temporal variations, demand emphasis on measures that work in synergy with renewable energy

Volume II:
Renewable Energy Technologies I
1. Solar electricity Photovoltaic devices, photoelectrochemical devices, e.g. organic or polymer-based
2. Solar heat Small building-integrated, large communal concepts, concentrators

Volume III:
Renewable Energy Technologies II
1. Wind energy Converter types, on- and off-shore constructions
2. Biofuels Solid, liquid and gaseous fuels derived from agriculture, forestry and aquaculture
3. Other sources for conversion Hydropower, geothermal energy, wave power, etc.

Volume IV:
Renewable Energy in Society
1. Integrated approaches Integrating individual renewable energy technologies into supply systems
2. Socio-economic and environmental assessment Prices, direct and full cost, environmental assessment, life-cycle analysis
3. Scenario construction and analysis From visions to consistent and implementable system structures
4. Sustainability, planning and policy Visions, plans, policy requirements, communication, dealing with obstacles

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