Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future

Paperback | September 17, 2012

EditorGodfrey Boyle

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The provision of sustainable energy supplies for an expanding and increasingly productive world is one of the major issues facing civilisation today. Renewable Energy examines both the practical and economic potential of the renewable energy sources to meet this challenge. The underlyingphysical 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 andtheir future prospects.Together with its companion volume, Energy Systems and Sustainability, 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 energysecurity, as political and economic pressures move society towards a low-carbon future. From an overview of basic energy conversion processes, through a discussion of the individual renewable sources, to a concluding examination of the prospects for their integration into national and internationalnetworks, this book provides a valuable insight into prospects for the renewables.Online Resource CentreThe Online Resource Centre to accompany Renewable Energy features:For students:* Self-assessment questions.* Links to further information and up-to-date energy statistics.For registered adopters of the book:* Figures from the book in electronic format.

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The provision of sustainable energy supplies for an expanding and increasingly productive world is one of the major issues facing civilisation today. Renewable Energy examines both the practical and economic potential of the renewable energy sources to meet this challenge. The underlyingphysical and technological principles behind deri...

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 In...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pagesPublished:September 17, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199545332

ISBN - 13:9780199545339

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Table of Contents

1. Introducing Renewable Energy2. Solar Thermal Energy3. Solar Photovoltaics4. Bioenergy5. Hydroelectricity6. Tidal Power7. Wind Energy8. Wave Energy9. Geothermal Energy10. Integration

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"This is an excellent text, covering all the actual and potential sources of renewable energy. The writing is clear and the many excellent diagrams and illustrations complement the written word. Where the treatment is necessarily theoretical the level is appropriate and the argument laid outin separate text. This book will be highly relevant to any undergraduate studying this important field." --Aslib Book Guide, vol.61, no.10, October 1996