424 pages, 436 b/w illustrations
By mid-century, renewable energy must cover all of our energy supply if we are to phase out nuclear and successfully stop climate change.
Now updated and expanded, the 2nd edition of Understanding Renewable Energy Systems covers the full range of renewable energy systems and now also includes such current trends as solar power storage, power-to-gas technologies, and the technology paths needed for a successful and complete energy transition. The topics are treated in a holistic manner, bringing together maths, engineering, climate studies and economics, and enabling readers to gain a broad understanding of renewable energy technologies and their potential.Numerous examples are provided for calculations, and graphics help visualize the various technologies and mathematical methodologies. Understanding Renewable Energy Systems is an ideal companion for students of renewable energy at universities or technical colleges on courses such as renewable energy, electrical engineering, engineering technology, physics, process engineering, building engineering, environment, applied mechanics and mechanical engineering, as well as scientists and engineers in research and industry.
Reviews of the first edition:
"This work is for all students of the world's energy dilemma. Highly recommended."
"The book tackles the subject in a range of ways which provides a sense of the depth needed to understand fully the contributions that can be made by renewable resources."
– Paul Ganderton, author of Environmental Biogeography
1. Energy and Climate Protection
3. Non-concentrating Solar Thermal
4. Concentrated Solar Power
6. Wind Energy
8. Geothermal Energy
9. Using Biomass
10. Hydrogen Production, Fuel Cells and Methanation
11. Calculating Economic Feasibility
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Volker Quaschning currently teaches and conducts research in the Renewable Energy Systems Department at Berlin's University of Applied Sciences (HTW), Germany. He has many years of experience in various fields of renewable energy, both within Germany and abroad.