Synopses & Reviews
Overall performance, cost, market potential, and environmental impact are assessed for fuels and electricity derived from hydroelectric, wind, photovoltaics, solar-thermal, geothermal, ocean and biomass energy sources. In addition, practical and specific recommendations for promoting the adoption of renewables on a broad scale are presented and analyzed. Includes photographs, tables, figures, and index.
About the Author
Laurie Burnham consults on energy and environmental issues; she was formerly associate editor and editor in charge of single topic issues at Scientific America.
At the time of publication,Thomas B. Johannson was professor of energy systems analysis in the Department of Environment and Energy Systems at the University of Lund, Sweden.
Henry Kelly was senior associate at the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress.
Amula K.N. Reddy is founding director and president of the International Energy Initiative, a nonprofit North-South organization based in Bangalore, India, that promotes the efficient use and production of energy.
Robert H. Williams is senior research scientist at the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Princeton University.
Table of Contents
Renewable fuels and electricity for a growing world economy: defining and achieving the potential / Thomas B. Johansson, Henry Kelly, Amulya K. N. Reddy, Robert H. Williams -- Hydropower and its constraints / Jose Roberto Moreira, Alan Douglas Poole -- Wind energy: technology and economics / Alfred J. Cavallo, Susan M. Hock, Don R. Smith -- Wind energy: resources, systems and regional strategies / Michael J. Grubb, Niels I. Meyer -- Solar-thermal electric technology / Pascal De Laquil III, David Kearney, Michael Geyer, Richard Diver -- Introduction to photovoltaic technology / Henry Kelly -- Crystalline-and polycrystalline-silicon solar cells / Martin A. Green -- Photovoltaic concentrator technology / Eldon C. Boes, Antonio Luque -- Amorphous silicon photovoltaic systems / David E. Carlson, Sigurd Wagner -- Polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaics / Ken Zweibel, Allen M. Barnett -- Utility field experience with photovoltaic systems / Kay Firor, Roberto Vigotti, Joseph J. Iannucci -- Ocean energy systems / James E. Cavanagh, John H. Clarke, Roger Price -- Geothermal energy / Civis G. Palmerini.