Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems Reviews

Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems

Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems

This is a comprehensive textbook for the new trend of distributed power generation systems and renewable energy sources in electric power systems. It covers the complete range of topics from fundamental concepts to major technologies as well as advanced topics for power consumers.An Instructor’s Manual presenting detailed solutions to all the problems in the book is available from the Wiley editorial department — to obtain the manual, send an email to ialine@wiley.com

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Renewable Energy: Technology, Economics and Environment

Renewable Energy: Technology, Economics and Environment

This book presents the physical and technical principles of promising ways of utilising renewable energies. In this context, firstly the main characteristics of the available renewable energy streams are outlined. Subsequently, the book presents the technologies of heat provision from passive and active solar systems, ambient air, shallow geothermal energy as well as energy from deep geothermal sources. In the preceding chapters the book addresses the processes of electricity generation from solar radiation (photovoltaic and solar thermal power plant technologies), wind energy, and hydropower. In addition, a brief discussions of harnessing ocean energies is included. The authors provide the important data and parameter sets for the major possibilities of renewable energies utilization which allow an economic and environmental assessment. Such an assessment enables us to judge the chances and limits of the multiple options utilising renewable energy sources.

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  1. 15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An Important Book on Renewable Electric Power Systems, January 10, 2006
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    Filson H. Glanz (Durham, NH USA) –
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    This review is from: Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems (Hardcover)

    Here is a book that is needed by those (especially engineers) interested in energy systems for the future. It has broad coverage and yet enough depth to allow design of new systems. Professor Masters’ casual writing style and his sense of humor make the book fun to read.

    The book covers wind systems, photovoltaic cells(PV) and PV systems, distributed generation (concentrating solar power, microhydro, fuel cells, biomass), and economics of renewable electric power generation and comparison with conventional thermal power plants. This book is important as the engineering world moves into the era of rising energy prices and is compelled to provide alternatives to fossil and nuclear fueled generation. There are abundant very helpful examples worked out in the text.

    We used this book in a one semester introduction to renewable power taught as an elective for senior and first year graduate students. Since this was the first time the course was taught by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of NH, and our first time through the book, the course covered only a subset of chapters.

    The book provides solid engineering background for topics discussed in applied “how to” books on renewable energy systems. It will appeal to that person who wants deeper understanding of principles. The ideas – both theoretical and practical – are carefully developed.

    We read a good number of the problems at the end of the chapters we covered and assigned a subset of those. We found the book problems to be very enlightening and carefully thought out. Many of the problems provided profound insight and preparation for understanding and using the material studied. Even the first chapter on basic electrical and magnetic circuits has problems involving models for photovoltaic modules.

    Michael J. Carter, Associate Professor of ECE at UNH

    Filson H. Glanz, Professor Emeritus of ECE at UNH

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  2. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    a beautiful mind…, July 8, 2008
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    Two Scents (Palo Alto, CA) –

    This review is from: Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems (Hardcover)

    I’ve scoured several texts, journals and articles on renewable energy to make sense of the various technologies and their underlying economics, but wasn’t until I stumbled upon this hidden treasure that the cloud lifted and the light dawned on my bewildered mind. And it took me a few months to scrub the book cover-to-cover – I was so taken in by the author’s mastery of the subject matter and its concise, cogent and crystal-clear presentation.

    Prof. Masters assumes nothing of the reader and takes her/him through a narrative that is just so-perfectly blended with rigorous, yet first-order analytical methods to enable the joyous discovery and lucid understanding of most of the major renewable sources of energy – from the gusty wind to the brilliant sun. He explains, proves and illustrates the logic, the math and the mechanics of the what, why and how it all works. He then gets under the hood and crunches the numbers (the economics) of if, when and where it all makes sense.

    For instance, he’d prove Betz’s law for the maximum efficiency of a wind turbine or derive the average wind power with a Rayleigh p.d.f by totally simplifying the convoluted math and soon follow it up with a practical example of whether it makes economic sense for a farmer to lease his land to a wind farm. Every concept is suffused with first-rate real-world examples:
    * should a house in Boulder, CO use a single-axis tracker for a photo-voltaic installation? How about Madison, WI?
    * what is the carbon spewed out by a coal-fired power plant? How does that compare to a combined cycle natural gas plant?

    In addition to a fair amount of coverage of various renewable and distributed energy resources, a complete soup-to-nuts analysis of photo-voltaic design, sizing and analysis is presented. And it doesn’t stop there. Energy efficiency is a major theme – ever heard of absorption cooling? All of this material is developed in the context of `basic electricity’ that powers and runs most everything today (except vehicles of course, but that’s also soon coming…) The beauty of it all is the seemingly effortless simplicity in which the concepts are explained/analysed without sacrificing rigor – it just flows!

    In this age of hype and bias, a certain amount of disinformation coming from the media is understandable. But, living in Silicon Valley, I find it amusing to hear even respectable venture capitalists touting/undermining this technology or that without getting their facts/numbers right – perhaps they are vested or they are simply clueless, like I once was and still continue to be often. Whereas, having earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford, Prof. Masters has spent his entire lifetime around these issues (has been there, done that) and has distilled the better part of some of what he’s learned into this book. Reading it is a bit like peering into a beautiful mind, indeed. Whether you are a serious student out to change the world, an academic do-gooder, a VC moneybag, a hobbyist moonlighter, I cannot recommend this book enough. It is by far, the best such introductory text in this field.

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  3. A. Das "sustainability advocate" Reply January 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Remarkable for its breadth, depth and clarity, June 12, 2009
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    A. Das “sustainability advocate” (Chicago, USA) –
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    This review is from: Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems (Hardcover)

    I’ve been a practicing solar energy professional for over 10 years: My bachelor’s was in EE, master’s degree in solar energy engineering and now work as a solar project developer and investor. I picked up this book at the PV America conference a couple of days ago – and read the whole PV grid-connected section towards the end of the book. I also read through the early “intro” chapters and the

    The book covers a huge, but highly relevant selection of topics. Bottoms up, if you’re building up from basics, it covers all the relevant basics in the early chapters, and technology-specific basics wherever relevant. e.g. the PV coverage of cell-basics, equivalent circuits and modeling, and adding up to modules and array performance, system sizing and economic analysis is very well done – you have enough knowledge after reading these chapters to do calculations, basic-to-advanced designs, and understand more detailed texts.

    As a reference, almost anyone would benefit from the more advanced and thorough discussions. e.g. in the discussion on DC, standalone PV systems, you can quickly go through key issues relating to PV module performance with specific types of loads, e.g. resistors, DC motors etc, and understand the impact of max power point trackers, and design issues. The author has thought through the text from the readers’ point of view: Every relevant angle was discussed and covered with clear text, plus wherever relevant, numerical calculation examples are given such that a reader can replicate in real-life situations.

    A complaint and a couple of warnings. My one gripe: Much of the industry data in the book is “old”, i.e. 2002-2003 vintage. I have access to more recent data, but an update to the book might be useful. Caution (who’s this book for): If you’re not an engineer by training, have no technical background, and don’t like numbers, this book will be of limited use to you – though far from useless. Also, if you’re an experienced engineer working in either solar or wind design, your main utility for this book will be as a reference, a quick overview of basics and less-used topics.

    All in all, I was waiting for a book like this for a while. I’m glad I bought this, despite a discounted (conference) price above $120, and look forward to using it as a reference for a long time.

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  4. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    good scientific book, January 15, 2011
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    This review is from: Renewable Energy: Technology, Economics and Environment (Paperback)

    It’s a very comprehensive scientific work. To get most use and pleasure you have to understand the basics of physics, chemistry, mechanics, earth science and math. Economic and environmental analysis given in the book does not require any specific knowledge of economics and is pretty understandable. The case studies are mostly related to Europe (mostly Germany). This might be a slight disadvantage for american reader. In any case I think it is one of the best/well thought-out books on the market.

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