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Renewable Energy: Sustainable Energy Concepts for the Future

Roland Wengenmayr (Editor), Thomas Buhrke (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-65703-2
120 pages
November 2011
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This translation of a German title, which was enthusiastically received by a wide audience, collects contributions by leading and well-known scientists in the area explaining the technical basics of photovoltaic, solar thermal energy, wind and water power as well as geothermal energy. In an easily accessible yet sober way, the book offers a solid overview of the possibilities offered by environmentally friendly techniques, energy conversion, storage, and transportation, discussing the topic without any misplaced ideology.
The editors are experienced journalists and illustrate the text with simple diagrams and information boxes, printed in full-color throughout.
For applied physicists, engineers in power technology, engineers, and anyone interested in natural sciences.
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Table of Contents

Preface -
Eicke Weber
Foreword -
Roland Wengenmayr, Thomas Bührke
Renewable Energy Sources on the Rise -
Harald Kohl
A Tailwind for Sustainable Technology -
Martin Kühn
Flowing Energy -
Roland Wengenmayr
How the Sun gets into the Power Plant -
Robert Pitz- Paal
Solar Cells - an Overview -
Roland Wengenmayr
Solar Cells from Ribbon Silicon -
Giso Hahn
Photovoltaic Cells on Glass -
Nikolaus Meyer
Energy from the Depths of the Earth -
Ernst Huenges
Synthetic Fuels from the Biomass -
Nicolaus Dahmen
Does the Future belong to Biogas -
Roland Wengenmayr
Eletric Power from Hot Air -
Jörg Schlaich, Gerhard Weinrebe
Energy Reserves from the Oceans -
Kai-Uwe Graw
Is the Hydrogen Economy Around the Corner? -
Gerd Eisenbeiß
Heat on Call -
Silke Köhler, Frank Kabus, Ernst Huenges
Taming the Flame -
Manfred Waidhas, Harald Landes
Cooling with the Heat of the Sun -
Roland Wengenmayr
A Super Climate in the Greenhouse -
Roland Wengenmayr
An Exceptional Sustainabliliy Concept -
Christian Matt, Matthias Schuler
How Political Will Changes a Country -
Thomas Bührke
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Author Information

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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"This creative book dispenses with formal chapters, but the 20 major categories clearly document innovative and sustainable energy concepts using existing technologies based in Europe. The descriptions are clear, and the combination of pictures and diagrams are relevant and convincing." (CHOICE, January 2009)
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