Renewable Energy Focus Handbook

Renewable Energy Focus Handbook, 1st Edition

Renewable Energy Focus Handbook, 1st Edition,Bent Sørensen,Paul Breeze,Truman Storvick,Shang-Tian Yang,Aldo da Rosa,Harsh Gupta,Roy Sukanta,Mukesh Doble,Preben Maegaard,Gianfranco Pistoia,Soteris Kalogirou,ISBN9780123747051

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* A hard-working desk reference, providing all the essential material needed by energy and environmental engineers on a day-to-day basis
* Fundamentals, key techniques, engineering best practice and rules-of-thumb together in one quick-reference sourcebook
* Definitive content by the leading authors in the field, including Bent Sorensen, Paul Breeze, Galen Suppes and Truman Storvick


A one-stop desk reference, for engineers involved in renewable energies, this book will not gather dust on the shelf. It brings together the essential professional reference content from leading international contributors in the field. The full range of renewable energies are explored, including solar, wind, geothermal and bioenergy.


Renewable energy engineers and managers; Professionals in environmental engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering; Energy providers; equipment designers and manufacturers;

Bent Sørensen

Professor Emeritus at the Department of People and Technology, and a professor of physics at the Institute of Mathematics and Physics, both at Roskilde University, Denmark. He is also an independent consultant at Novator Advanced Technology Consulting. Bent Sørensen’s research is cross-disciplinary and has resulted in nearly a thousand scientific articles and some 30 books, including foundation work in economic theory (the scenario method, life-cycle analysis) and in energy research (renewable energy resources, technology and applications). Dr. Sørensen is one of the world’s leading specialists in renewable energy. He has five decades of experience in researching the field, and has published hundreds of monographs, articles in scientific journals, technical reports, and conference contributions. He has received several awards and has been knighted by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark. He has worked at universities in Japan, France, Denmark, Australia and the United States (Berkeley and Yale), has been a consultant to governments and international organizations, a lead author in the IPCC climate assessment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University, Denmark; Independent Consultant, NOVATOR Advanced Technology Consulting, Denmark

Paul Breeze

Paul Breeze is a journalist and freelance Science and Technology writer and consultant in the UK who has specialized in power generation technology for the past 30 years. In addition to writing Power Generation Technologies, Second Edition, he has contributed to journals and newspapers such as The Financial Times and The Economist and has written a range of technical management reports covering all aspects of power generation, transmission, and distribution.

Affiliations and Expertise

Freelance science and technology writer/consultant, UK

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Truman Storvick

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA

Shang-Tian Yang

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University, OH, USA

Aldo da Rosa

Dr. da Rosa taught the perennially popular Renewable Energy course at Stanford University for over 30 years. Former Chairman of the Brazilian National Research Council, Director of the Aeronautical Technical Center, and founder of Brazilian NASA, he also served as the CEO of a tech start-up, Chairman of the Board for a microprocessor manufacturer, and as a member of Siemens Corporation’s scientific advisory board.

Affiliations and Expertise

Stanford University, Professor Emeritus (deceased), USA

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Harsh Gupta

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Ocean Development, New Delhi, India

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Mukesh Doble

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biotechnology I.I.T. Madras, Chennai, India

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Preben Maegaard

Dr. Maegaard is Director of the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, an institute for the development and implementation of renewable energies located in Denmark. The center has, under his leadership, provided transfer of renewable energy technology to many countries. Dr. Maegaard was appointed the first president of the World Wind Energy Institute, first president of the World Wind Energy Association, and has served as a Renewable Energy Adviser to the President of Mali. For over three decades, Dr. Maegaard has been a director, organizer, and speaker at numerous international seminars, workshops and conferences. He has authored numerous reports, books, and articles in Danish, English, German and Japanese on renewables and sustainable development.

Affiliations and Expertise

Danish Center for Renewable Energy, Hurup Thy, Denmark

Gianfranco Pistoia

Affiliations and Expertise

formerly Research Director, National Research Council, Rome, Italy

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Soteris Kalogirou

Professor Kalogirou obtained his PhD and DSc from the University of Glamorgan, UK. For 30 yearshe has been actively involved in research of solar energy and in flat plate and concentrating collectors, solar water heating, solar steam generating systems, desalination and absorption cooling in particular. He has many books and book contributions and has published large number papers in international scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings. He is Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy, as well as Editorial Board Member of another eleven journals. He is the author of the book Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems, published by Academic Press of Elsevier. He has been a member of World Renewable Energy Network (WREN), American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and International Solar Energy Society (ISES).

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences and Engineering of the Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus

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Renewable Energy Focus Handbook, 1st Edition

Author Biographies

Section 1 Introduction

1.0 Introduction

Section 2 Energy Perspectives

2.1 Energy Perspectives

Section 3 Alternate Energy Sources

3.1 Alternate Energy Sources

3.2 Energy Reserves and Renewable Energy Sources

3.3 The Individual Energy Sources

Section 4 Energy Conversion

4.1 Energy Conversion Processes

Section 5 Fuel Cells

5.1 Fuel Cells

Section 6 Solar Power

6.1 Solar Power

6.2 Solar Thermal Collectors and Applications

Section 7 Ocean, Wave and Tidal Power

7.1 Ocean Power

7.2 Tidal Energy

Section 8 Geothermal Power

8.1 Geothermal Power

Section 9 Wind Power

9.1 Wind Power

Section 10 Hydropower

10.1 Hydropower Resources

Section 11 Power from Waste

11.1 Power from Waste

Section 12 Bioenergy

12.1 Bioenergy

12.2 Biodiesel Fuels

Section 13 Storage Technologies

13.1 Storage Technologies


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