Synopses & Reviews
We are hearing a LOT about renewable energy these days! But unlike most available resources on alternative energy that focus on politics and economic impacts, da Rosa's practical guide, Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes,
is dedicated to explaining the scientific and technological principles and processes that enable energy production from safe, renewable, clean sources.
Advances in the renewable energy sphere are proceeding with an unprecedented speed, and in order for the world's alarming energy challenges to be solved, solid, up-to-date resources addressing the technical aspects of renewables are essential.
This new, updated 2e of da Rosa's successful book continues to give readers all the background they need to gain a thorough understanding of the most popular types of renewable energy—hydrogen, solar power, biomass, wind power, and hydropower—from the ground up. The latest advances in all these technologies are given particular attention, and are carefully contextualized to help professionals and students grasp the "whys and hows" behind these breakthroughs.
•Discusses how and why the most popular renewable energy sources work, including wind, solar, bio and hydrogen
•Provides a thorough technical grounding for all professionals and students investigating renewable energy
•The new second edition of a highly-regarded guide written by an internationally renowned pioneer
Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes contains the technical detail necessary to understand the engineering principles that govern renewable energy application at many different levels. Focused on the fundamental mechanisms and processes that underpin energy management, it provides students with the foundation for all energy process courses. This text is organized according to the main forms of energy - heat engines, hydrogen energy, energy from the sun, and wind and water energy - with an introductory chapter of basic energy terms. From fuel cells, electrolyzers and processes for hydrogen production to biomass and windmills the author provides the most thorough examination of all aspects of renewable energy processes.
* Examines the fundamentals of some non-traditional energy processes and illustrates the best way to implement these processes in our modern world.
* Appropriate for all students and professionals studying the basic mechanisms of renewable energies.
* Clear theory and physical examples of all principles relevant to the study of renewable energy.
* Written by an internationally recognized pioneer researcher
This new, updated second edition of da Rosa's handbook continues to give readers all the background they need to gain a thorough understanding of the most popular types of renewable energy--hydrogen, solar power, biomass, wind power, and hydropower--from the ground up.
About the Author
Dr. da Rosa is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, where he has taught the perennially popular Renewable Energy course 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 has extensive industry experience, serving 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. Dr. da Rosa is Eminent Engineer TauBeta Pi, member Sigma Xi, and Senior Member IEEE.
Stanford University, Professor Emeritus, USA
Table of Contents
Generalities; PART I: Heat Engines; Thermodynamics; Mechanical Heat Engines; Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion; Thermoelectricity; Thermionics; AMTEC; Radio-Noise Generators; PART II: The World of Hydrogen;Fuel Cells; Hydrogen Production; Hydrogen Storage; PART III: Energy from the Sun; Solar Radiation; Biomass; Photovoltaic Converters; PART IV: Wind, Water, and Earth Energy; Wind Energy; Ocean Engines; Tidal Energy; Energy from Current; Salination Energy; Osmotic Energy