Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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Engineering for sustainability is an emerging theme for the twenty-first century. On campuses, new courses on renewable and efficient power systems are being introduced, while the demand for practicing engineers with expertise in this area is rapidly increasing. Written both for professionals seeking a self-study guide and for upper division engineering students, Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems is a design-oriented textbook that gives readers a comprehensive understanding of distributed power generation systems and renewable energy technologies. Numerous worked examples in the text illustrate the principles, while problems at the ends of each chapter provide practical applications using realistic data.
The author begins with an overview of the development of today's electric power industry, including the historical and regulatory evolution of the industry, and provides an introduction to the technical side of power generation, including the basics of electric and magnetic circuits, three-phase power, and thermodynamics. After introducing conventional steam-cycle, gas-turbine, combined-cycle, and cogeneration power plants, he leads the reader into emerging technologies including:
- Distributed generation technologies for combined heat and power, including fuel cells, microturbines, Stirling engines, and reciprocating internal combustion engines
- An introduction to the range of renewable technologies, including concentrating solar power (cSP) dish and trough systems, micro-hydropower, and biomass systems
- Economic analysis of renewable and combined heat and power systems
- Wind power, from single, home-size wind turbines to large wind farms
- Solar energy, with equations for estimating solar resources at any location and time
- Photovoltaic (PV) systemsgrid-connected, roof-top designs, off-grid stand-alone systems, and PV water pumping systems
While assuming no prerequisites, the book provides enough technical background to enable the reader to do first-order calculations on how well systems will actually perform. Throughout, techniques for evaluating the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the technologies are provided.
Comprehensive and clearly-organized, Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems prepares engineers to make their own contribution, and build their careers, in one of the most exciting, beneficial, and high-profile areas of endeavor in engineering today.
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About the Author
GILBERT M. MASTERS received his PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University and has taught courses there for over three decades on energy and the environment, with an emphasis on efficiency and renewables. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Atmosphere/Energy Program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is the author of several books on environmental engineering and energy for sustainability.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. Basic Electric and Magnetic Circuits.
Chapter 2. Electric Power Fundamentals.
Chapter 3. The Electric Power Industry.
Chapter 4. Distributed Generation.
Chapter 5. Economics of Distributed Resources.
Chapter 6. Wind Power Systems.
Chapter 7. The Solar Resource.
Chapter 8. Photovoltaic Materials and Electrical Characteristics.
Chapter 9. Photovoltaic Systems.
Appendix A. Useful Conversion Factors.
Appendix B. Sun-Path Diagrams.
Appendix C. Clear-Sky Insolation Tables.
Appendix D. Solar Insolation Tables by City.
Appendix E. Maps of Solar Insolation.
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"…provides readers a comprehensive understanding of distributed power-generation systems and renewable energy technologies." (Solar Today, September-October 2005)
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