Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future / Edition 3

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Overview


The prospect of producing clean, sustainable power in substantial quantities from renewable energy sources is arousing interest world-wide. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the principal renewable energy sources: solar thermal, biomass, tidal, wave, photovoltaic, hydro, wind, and geothermal. With the aid of detailed illustrations and tables of data, it explains the physical and technological principles underlying each source and examines its environmental impact and future prospects.
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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: 227,541
  • 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

Ch. 1 Overview 1
Ch. 2 Solar Thermal Energy 41
Ch. 3 Solar Photovoltaics 89
Ch. 4 Biomass 137
Ch. 5 Hydroelectricity 183
Ch. 6 Tidal Power 227
Ch. 7 Wind Energy 267
Ch. 8 Wave Energy 315
Ch. 9 Geothermal Energy 353
Ch. 10 Integration 393
Appendix: Cost and Resource Estimating 435
References 458
Further Reading 458
Acknowledgements 459
Index 463
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