Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future / Edition 3

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Overview

The provision of sustainable energy supplies for an expanding and increasingly productive world is one of the major issues facing civilization today. Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future, Third Edition, examines both the practical and economic potential of the renewable energy sources to meet this challenge.

The underlying physical and technological principles behind deriving power from direct solar (solar thermal and photovoltaics), indirect solar (biomass, hydro, wind, and wave) and non-solar (tidal and geothermal) energy sources are explained, within the context of their environmental impacts, their economics, and their future prospects.

Together with its companion volume, Energy Systems and Sustainability, Second Edition (OUP, 2012, 9780199593743), this book provides both perspective and detail on the relative merits and state of progress of technologies for utilizing the various "renewables." The analysis considers emissions, sustainability, cost implications, and energy security, as political and economic pressures move society towards a low-carbon future.

From an overview of basic energy conversion processes to a discussion of the individual renewable sources to a concluding examination of the prospects for their integration into national and international networks, Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future, Third Edition, provides a valuable insight into prospects for the renewables.

FEATURES

Covers all principal sources of renewable energy currently being exploited

Uses an interdisciplinary approach in considering economic, social, environmental, and policy issues

Rich pedagogy including detailed color illustrations and tables of data

COMPANION WEBSITE (www.oup.com/uk/orc/bin/9780199545339)

For students: Self-assessment questions and links to further information and up-to-date energy statistics

For instructors: Figures from the book in electronic format (available to registered adopters of the book)

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Editorial Reviews

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"It is again a pleasure to read, beautifully produced, with excellent photographs, superb graphics and clear, lucid and careful explanations in the text . . . . This is an outstanding undergraduate level textbook which deserves to become the standard text. I can only urge all those who are teaching courses in the field and all students, formal or otherwise, to read and treasure this book."--The Times Higher Education Supplement

"A comprehensive treatment of all non-fossil-fuel-based 'renewable' energy sources. . . .The material is well illustrated and would be useful for anyone investigating this field." --Choice

"With the aid of 370 pictures and figures and 50 tables of data, the book explains the underlying physical and technological principles for each energy source and examines for each the environmental effects and future prospects." --Hydro Review Worldwide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199545339
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/8/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 300,098
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Godfrey Boyle is Professor of Renewable Energy in The Open University's MCT Faculty. His main research interests are in solar and wind power, energy systems modelling, and energy policy, and he has chaired various Open University modules on renewable and sustainable energy. He is also a visiting professor at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) University in New Delhi, India, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and a Trustee of the UK National Energy Foundation.

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Table of Contents

1. Introducing Renewable Energy
2. Solar Thermal Energy
3. Solar Photovoltaics
4. Bioenergy
5. Hydroelectricity
6. Tidal Power
7. Wind Energy
8. Wave Energy
9. Geothermal Energy
10. Integration

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