Renewable Energy: Sustainable Energy Concepts for the Energy Change, 2nd Edition
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.
Roland Wengenmayr, Thomas Bührke
Renewable Energy Sources on the Rise -
A Tailwind for Sustainable Technology -
Flowing Energy -
How the Sun gets into the Power Plant -
Robert Pitz- Paal
Solar Cells - an Overview -
Solar Cells from Ribbon Silicon -
Photovoltaic Cells on Glass -
CdTe-thin film solar cells -
Energy from the Depths of the Earth -
Does the Future belong to Biogas -
Confusion about "bio" fuels -
Fuel from seaweed -
Synthetic Fuels from the Biomass -
Eletric Power from Hot Air -
Jörg Schlaich, Gerhard Weinrebe
Tidal current power stations -
Energy Reserves from the Oceans -
Osmosis power station -
Is the Hydrogen Economy Around the Corner? -
Hydrogen, an alternative to fossil energy carriers? -
Heat on Call -
Silke Köhler, Frank Kabus, Ernst Huenges
Taming the Flame -
Electric vehicles -
Cooling with the Heat of the Sun -
A Super Climate in the Greenhouse -
An Exceptional Sustainabliliy Concept -
Christian Matt, Matthias Schuler
Building thermography -
How Political Will Changes a Country -
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".