Completely revised and updated. Fills the gap between descriptive surveys of energy alternatives and specialised engineering treatises. Introductory chapters cover principles of energy supply, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, then each type of energy resource is covered individually.
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1 Principles of renewable energy
2 Essentials of fluid dynamics
3 Heat transfer
4 Solar radiation
5 Solar water heating
6 Diverse solar thermal applications
7 Photovoltaic generation
9 Power from the wind
10 The photosynthetic process
11 Biomass and biofuels
12 Wave power
13 Tidal power
14 Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC)
15 Geothermal energy
16 Energy systems, storage and transmission
17 Institutional and economic factors
A Units and conversions
C Some heat transfer formulas
Solutions to problems
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