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Renewable energy

Author: Godfrey Boyle; Open University.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press in association with the Open University, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Presents a comprehensive overview of issues surrounding renewable energy.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Godfrey Boyle; Open University.
ISBN: 0199261784 9780199261789
OCLC Number: 52327514
Description: xi, 452 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Contents: 1. Introducing renewable energy. Introduction --
Present-day energy use --
Fossil fuels and climate change --
Renewable energy sources --
Renewable energy in a sustainable future --
2. Solar thermal energy. Introduction --
The rooftop solar water heater --
The nature and availability of solar radiation --
the magic of glass --
Low-temperature solar energy applications --
Active solar heating --
Passive solar heating --
Daylighting --
Solar thermal engines and electricity generation --
Economics, potential and environmental impact --
3. Solar photovoltaics. Introduction --
Introducing photovoltaics --
PV in silicon : basic principles --
Crystalline PV : reducing costs and raising efficiency--
Thin film PV --
Other innovative PV technologies --
Electrical characteristics of silicon PV cells and modules --
PV systems for remote power --
Grid-connected PV systems --
Costs of energy from PV --
Environmental impact and safety --
PV integration, resources and future prospects --
4. Bioenergy. Introduction --
Bioenergy past and present --
Biomass as a fuel --
Bioenergy sources I : Energy crops --
Bioenergy sources II : Wastes --
Combustion of solid biomass --
Production of gaseous fuels from biomass --
Production of liquid fuels from biomass --
Environmental benefits and impacts --
Economics --
Future prospects --
5. Hydroelectricity. Introduction --
The Galloway hydros --
Hydro : the resource --
Stored energy and available power --
A brief history of water-power --
Types of hydroelectric plant --
The Francis turbine --
'Propellers' --
Impulse turbines --
Ranges of application --
Small-scale hydroelectricity --
Environmental considerations --
Integration --
Economics --
Future prospects --
6. Tidal power. Introduction --
Technical factors --
Environmental factors --
Integration --
Economic factors --
Tidal energy potential --
Tidal streams --
Tidal current turbines : the next stage --
Tidal current assessment --
7. Wind energy. Introduction --
The wind --
Wind turbines --
Aerodynamics of wind turbines --
Power and energy from wind turbines --
Environmental impact --
Economics --
Commercial development and wind energy potential --Offshore wind energy --
8. Wave energy. Introduction --
Introductory case studies --
Physical principles of wave energy --
Wave energy resources --
Wave energy technology --
Economics --
Environmental impact --
Integration --
Future prospects --
9. Geothermal energy. Geothermal energy--
an overview --
The physics of geothermal resources --
Technologies for geothermal resource exploitation --
Environmental implications --
Economics and world potential in the United Kingdom --
10. Integration. Introduction --
The existing UK energy system --
How much renewable energy is available? Are renewable-energy supplies available where we want them? --
Are renewable-energy supplies available when we want them? --
Some system solutions --
Balancing economic options --
Promoting renewables --
Energy scenarios : Danish examples --
Global scenarios --
Conclusions.
Responsibility: edited by Godfrey Boyle.
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