Renewable Energy, Fourth Edition: Physics, Engineering, Environmental Impacts, Economics & Planning

Renewable Energy, Fourth Edition: Physics, Engineering, Environmental Impacts, Economics & Planning

Renewable Energy, Fourth Edition: Physics, Engineering, Environmental Impacts, Economics & Planning

This volume is a true shelf reference, providing a thorough overview of the entire renewable energy sphere, while still functioning as a go-to information source for professionals and students when they need answers about a specific technical issue. Crafted over the last 15 years into a problem-solving tool for engineers, researchers, consultants and planners currently working in the field, as well as a detailed map of the renewables universe for those looking to expand into new technological specialties, Renewable Energy by Sorensen offers the most comprehensive coverage of the subject available.

The book has been structured around three parts in order to assist readers in focusing on the issues that impact them the most for a given project or question. PART I covers the basic scientific principles behind all major renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind and biomass. PART II provides in-depth information about how these raw renewable sources can actually be converted in

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    Is this the book you are looking for?, September 1, 2011
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    Before I go any further, let me address the question I raised in the title of this review. Very briefly, this book is right for you if what you are looking for is a comprehensive textbook or reference with broad-based coverage of renewal energy topics (see below). The target audience is researchers or students in the renewal energy field, such as those at universities, engineering schools and laboratories in the public or private sectors. I would add that if the reader lacks a decent knowledge of college math and physics, there will probably be better books to consider first.

    This is the fourth edition by Denmark’s Bent Sorensen, with the prior editions completed in 1979, 1998 and 2003. Sorensen is a professor emeritus of physics at Roskilde University (in Denmark). He has also held positions at the University of California (Berkeley), Yale, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the U.S., plus positions at Kyoto University, the University of Grenoble and the University of New South Wales. Obviously, there are new technologies and advances to existing technologies to cover with the latest edition, which is published in “U.S. English.” Here is a summary of the book’s organization:

    Part I: Renewable energy resources. Chapters address perspectives on energy resources, the origin of renewable energy flows, and individual renewable energy sources.

    Part II: Renewable energy technologies. Chapters address the energy conversion process, and energy transmission and storage.

    Part III: Renewable energy impacts–planning for sustainability and climate change aversion. Chapters address energy system planning, socioeconomic assessment, and integrated approaches.

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  2. Momma Mary "Expert Mom!" Reply January 20, 2013 at 6:07 am
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    All right for an overview if you are wanting to see how these subjects are integrated., January 26, 2012
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    I totally agree with one of the previous reviewers who is a Civil Engineer, (my sons are attempting dual degrees in Computer & Electrical Engineering) this book definitely is Physics heavy, waaay more theory than they could understand comprehensively at this time & they are Juniors in college with quite a bit of Physics already under their belts but not Physics majors. I’m not saying that it is not great for someone with more of the “theory” in Physics, it was just not what they expected or were looking for as we got it primarily to broaden their overview of this subject matter. It did do that but it over all there were quite a few parts that were over their heads at this time.

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  3. Didaskalex "Eusebius Alexandrinus" Reply January 20, 2013 at 7:03 am
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    A detailed overview of the entire renewable energy field, September 1, 2011
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    Scientist and engineers working in the renewable energy field face challenges of conversion, transmission and storage, in order to ultimately replace today’s conventional power sources. Energy is one of the most important issues of our time. The significance of the world’s energy challenges become more evident each day, and the issues affect all of us, in both the industrialized and developing world. Several renewable energy sources flow intermittently or at varying rates, solar radiation is affected by clouds and fog during the day, and becomes null at night, and its seasonal distribution doesn’t complement space heating demand.

    The world market for wind energy saw a sound revival in the first half of 2011: the worldwide wind capacity reached 215,000 MW by the end of June 2011. Wind energy also varies according to weather systems passing over a given location, with recurrence times. On the other hand, its seasonal variations are fairly modest and generally follow those of power demand. Hydro Power is stable, but varies seasonally as governed by the components of the water balance. These source variations may change over the course of weeks, while for reservoir-based hydro power there are very few short-term problems.

    “Renewable Energy,” by Bent Sorensen offers one of the most complete surveys of the subject, from source through extraction and transmission, providing a detailed overview of the entire renewable energy field, while remains an information source for professionals and students who seek answers to specific technical issues. It works as a combined Text / Handbook providing basic information and problem-solving tools, a handy first source for engineers, consultants and planners currently serving, or diversifying into the expanding energy field. The book provides the principles of renewable energy flows/sources and energy conversion processes.

    In this expanded and updated fourth edition, new material updates include expanded coverage of bio fuels, solar energy, biomass and fuel cells, storage and transmission, with a new chapter on integrated technologies on hybrid systems. New surveys and most recent research results are updated throughout. New material includes expanded coverage of all above, and a new chapter on integrated systems.

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