ISBN-10:
1498701930
ISBN-13:
9781498701938
Pub. Date:
11/23/2015
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Introduction to Renewable Energy, Second Edition / Edition 2

Introduction to Renewable Energy, Second Edition / Edition 2

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ISBN-13: 9781498701938
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/23/2015
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 459
Sales rank: 624,316
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Vaughn C. Nelson, PhD, has been involved with renewable energy since the early 1970s. Dr. Vaughn has published numerous papers and is the author of three books, including Wind Energy (2009, 2nd Ed 2013) and Introduction to Renewable Energy (2011) from CRC Press. His primary work has been on wind resource assessment, education and training, applied R&D, and rural applications of wind energy. He has received three awards from the American Wind Energy Association. His degrees include a PhD in physics from the University of Kansas; an EdM from Harvard University; and a BSE from Kansas State Teachers College.

Kenneth Starcher has a BS in physics/computer science at West Texas State University (1980). He received an MS in engineering technology at WTAMU (1995). Starcher has been a field worker at the Alternative Energy Institute (AEI) Wind Test Center since 1980. He has been the educational funnel for onsite training and public information for students and public workshops for AEI, and has served as a trainer at wind and solar training workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. He has also served as a research technician, research associate, assistant director, director, and associate director for AEI over the past 35 years.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Energy and Society
Types of Energy
Renewable Energy
Advantages/Disadvantages
Economics
Climate Change
Order of Magnitude Estimates
Growth (Exponential)
Solutions
References
Recommended Resources

Energy
Introduction
Definition of Energy and Power
Heat
Thermodynamics
Energy Dilemma in Light of the Laws of Thermodynamics
Use of Fossil Fuels
Nuclear
Finite Resource
Summary
References
Recommended Resources

Sun
Solar Power
Electromagnetic Spectrum
Energy Balance of the Earth
Earth–Sun Motion
Earth Motion
Insolation
Solar Resource
Greenhouse Effect
References
Recommended Resources

Heat Transfer and Storage
Introduction
Conduction
Convection
Radiation
Thermal Mass
Seasonal Heating or Cooling
Thermal Comfort
References
Recommended Resources

Solar Heating and Cooling
Building
Passive
Windows and Glazing
Passive Heating and Cooling
Active Heating
Active Cooling
Daylighting
Hybrid and Other
Drying Agricultural Products, Lumber
Solar Cookers
Water Purification
References
Recommended Resources

Photovoltaics
Introduction
Physics Basics
Energy Bands
Photovoltaic Basics
Performance
Design Considerations
Installed Capacity and Production
Distributed Systems
Community Solar
Applications
Comments
References
Recommended Resources

Concentrating Solar Power
Introduction
Power Tower
Line or Linear
Dish/Engine
Point Focus
Solar Pond
Comments
References
Recommended Resources

Solar Systems
Introduction
Passive Systems
Hybrid Systems
Active Systems
Underground Homes
Computer Software
Others
References
Recommended Resources

Wind Energy
Introduction
Wind Resource
Wind Turbines
Wind Farms
Wind Industry
Small Wind Turbines
Distributed-Community Wind
Village Power
Wind Diesel
Others
Performance
Comments
References
Recommended Resources

Bioenergy
Introduction
Climate Change
Biomass Production
Conversion
Heat and Power
Biofuels
Comments
References
Recommended Resources

Geothermal Energy
Introduction
Resource
Types of Geothermal Resources
Direct Use
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Electricity
Comments
References
Recommended Resources

Water
Introduction
World Resource
Hydroelectric
Turbines
Impulse Turbines
Reaction Turbines
Water Flow
Tides
Ocean
Others
References
Recommended Resources

Storage
Introduction
Pumped Hydro
Case Study
Compressed Air
Flywheels
Batteries
Other Storage Systems
Hydrogen
References
Recommended Resources

Institutional Issues
Introduction
The United States
Regulations
Environmental Issues
Politics
Incentives
Externalities (Social Costs/Benefits)
Transmission
References
Recommended Resources

Economics
Introduction
Factors Affecting Economics
Economic Analyses
Life-Cycle Costs
Present Worth and Levelized Costs
Externalities
Project Development
Cost (Value) of Energy and Different Sources
Summary
Future Trends
References
Recommended Resources

Observations
Solid-State Electronics
Internet
Geographic Information Systems
Satellites
Examples
Interactive Maps
Interactive Database
Tools
Others
Predictions
Science
Authors’ Predictions
On the Downside
References
Recommended Resources

Appendix

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