In the view of many power experts, distributed power generation represents the paradigm of the future. Distributed Power Generation: Planning and Evaluation explores the preparation and analysis of distributed generators (DGs) for residential, commercial and industrial, as well as electric utility applications. It examines distributed generation versus traditional, centralized power systems, power demands, reliability evaluation, planning processes, costs, reciprocating piston engine DGs, gas turbine powered DGs, fuel cell powered DGs, renewable resource DGs, and more. The authors include recommendations and guidelines for DG planners, and numerous case studies illustrate the discussions.
". . .a valuable book. "
---Choice Magazine (Science & Technology/Engineering)
Distributed generation versus traditional power systems; demand for electric power; reliability and reliability evaluation; planning and the planning process; cost and economic evaluation; reciprocating piston engine distributed generators; gas turbine powered distributed generators; fuel cell powered distributed generators; renewable resource distributed generators; energy storage for use with distributed generation; distributed generation systems - planning and comparison; basic DG case examples - what to include and how; basic DG cases -modularity and reliability and cost; basic DG cases - grid interconnection options; basic DG cases - schedule and operating characteristics; basic DG cases - reliability, maintenance and availability; basic DG cases - renewable resource generation; detailed DG case and sensitive study; business factors and their influence on DG value; objectivity and bias in DG planning and evaluation; recommendations and guidelines for DG planners.