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Renewable Energy: Sustainable Energy Concepts for the Energy Change, 2nd Edition

Roland Wengenmayr (Editor), Thomas Buhrke (Editor), William D. Brewer (Translator)
ISBN: 978-3-527-41187-0
170 pages
December 2012
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In the years since the publication of the first edition of this book, the world has undergone drastic changes in terms of energy sources. This is reflected in the expansion of this second edition from 20 to 26 chapters. The most dramatic occurrence was the Tsunami which struck Japan in March of 2011 and set off a reactor catastrophe at the nuclear power plants in Fukushima. On the other hand fossil fuel technology drives the climate change to a threatening level. So, renewable energy sources are essential for the 21st century. The increasing number of wind power plants, solar collectors and photovoltaic installations demonstrates perceptibly that many innovations for tapping renewable energy sources have matured: very few other technologies have developed so dynamically in the past years.

Nearly all the chapters were written by professionals in the respective fields. That makes this book an especially valuable and reliable source of information. The second edition is extended by several new chapters such as tidal power stations, the Desertec project, thermography of buildings and more. Furthermore, the critical debate about current first generation bio-fuels is carefully reflected, and the book presents promising solutions that do not trade in food for fuel.

The editors are experienced journalists and illustrate the text with simple diagrams and information boxes, printed in full-color throughout.

A valuable resource for applied physicists, engineers in power technology, engineers, and anyone interested in natural sciences.

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Eicke R. Weber

Kael W Böer

First-hand Information 1
Thomas Bührke and Roland Wengenmayr

The Development
Renewable Energy Sources – a Survey 4
Herald Kohl and Wolfhart Dürrschmidt

Wind Energy
A Tailwind for Sustainable Technology 14
Martin Kühn and Tobias Klaus

Hydroelectric Power Plants
Flowing Energy 24
Roland Wengenmayr

Solar Thermal Power Plants
How the sun gets into the Power Plant 28
Robert Pitz-Paal

Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
Solar Cells – an Overview 36
Roland Wengenmayr

New Materials for Photovoltaics
Solar Cells from Ribbon Silicon 44
Giso Hahn

CIS Thin-film Solar Cells
Low-priced Modules for Solar Construction 52
Nikolaus Meyer

CdTe Thin-Film Solar Cells
On the Path towards Power-Grid Parity 56
Michael Harr, Dieter Bonnet and Karl-Heinz Fischer

Geothermal Power Generation
Energy from the Depths 60
Ernst Huenges

Green Opportunity or Danger? 69
Roland Wengenmayr

Biofuels are Not Necessarily Sustainable
Twist and Turns around Biofuels 72
Gerhard Kreysa

Biofuels from Algae
Concentrated Green Energy 79
Carola Griehl, Simone Bieler and Clemens Posten

The Karlsruhe bioliq® Process
Synthetic Fuels from the Biomass 83
Nicolaus Dahmen, Eckard Dinjus and Edmund Henrich

Solar Updraft Tower Power Plant
Electric Power from Hot Air 88
Jörg Schlaich, Rudolf Bergermann and Gerhard Weinrebe

Tidal-stream Power Plants
Sun, Moon and Earth as Power Source 95
Albert Ruprecht and Jochen Weilepp

Wave Power Plants
Energy Reserves from the Oceans 100
Kai-Uwe Graw

Osmosis Power Plants
Salty vs. Fresh Water 107
Klaus-Viktor Peinemann

DLR Studies on the Desertec Project
Power from the Desert 110
Franz Trieb

Hydrogen for Energy Storage
Hydrogen: An Alternative to Fossil Fuels? 118
Detlef Stolten

Seasonal Storage of Thermal Energy
Heat on Call 123
Silke Köhler, Frank Kabus and Ernst Huenges

Fuel Cells
Taming the Flame 130
Joachim Hoffman

Mobility and Sustainable Energy
Electric Automobiles 138
Andrea Vezzini

Solar Air Conditioning
Cooling with the Heat of the Sun 146
Roland Wengenmayr

Climate Engineering
A Super Climate in the Greenhouse 148
Roland Wengemayr

A Low-energy Residence
An Exceptional Sustainability Concept 151
Christian Matt and Matthias Schuler

Building Thermography Examined Closely
The Allure of Multicolored Images 154
Michael Vollner and Klaus-Peter Möllmann

Subject Index 158

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Roland Wengenmayr is science journalist and editor of the journal "Physik in unserer Zeit". He studied physics in Darmstadt, with a temporary stay at the European research laboratory CERN in Geneva. After the diploma he worked as an engineer in the chemical plant construction then he moved on to the publishing house Wiley-VCH, where he worked as commissioning editor for physics and physical chemistry. Today he writes for prominent newspapers on topics like e.g. renewable energy.

Thomas Bührke is science journalist, editor of the journal "Physik in unserer Zeit", and author of several popular science books within the ranges of physics and astrophysics. He studied Physics at the universities of Göttingen and Heidelberg and attained there a doctorate at the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy. Subsequently, he changed to the publishing house Wiley VCH, where he started as an editor of the journal "Physikalischen Blätter" (now: "Physik Journal") and later changed to "Physik in unserer Zeit".
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“Summing Up:  Highly recommended.  Students of all levels, researchers/faculty, and general readers.”  (Choice, 1 September 2013)

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