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




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

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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.

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
CdTe-thin film solar cells -
Michael Harr
Energy from the Depths of the Earth -
Ernst Huenges
Does the Future belong to Biogas -
Roland Wengenmayr
Confusion about "bio" fuels -
Fuel from seaweed -
Synthetic Fuels from the Biomass -
Nicolaus Dahmen
Eletric Power from Hot Air -
Jörg Schlaich, Gerhard Weinrebe
Tidal current power stations -
Energy Reserves from the Oceans -
Kai-Uwe Graw
Osmosis power station -
Is the Hydrogen Economy Around the Corner? -
Gerd Eisenbeiß
Hydrogen, an alternative to fossil energy carriers? -
Heat on Call -
Silke Köhler, Frank Kabus, Ernst Huenges
Taming the Flame -
Joachim Hoffmann
Electric vehicles -
Andrea Vezzini
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
Building thermography -
Michael Vollmer
How Political Will Changes a Country -
Thomas Bührke

“Summing Up:  Highly recommended.  Students of all levels, researchers/faculty, and general readers.”  (Choice, 1 September 2013)