Energy Conversion (Hardback) book cover

Energy Conversion

Edited by D. Yogi Goswami, Frank Kreith

Series Editor: Roop L. Mahajan

© 2007 – CRC Press

936 pages | 396 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9781420044317
pub: 2007-07-06
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781420044324
pub: 2007-07-06
from $77.83

FREE Standard Shipping!


Discussing methods for maximizing available energy, Energy Conversion surveys the latest advances in energy conversion from a wide variety of currently available energy sources. The book describes energy sources such as fossil fuels, biomass including refuse-derived biomass fuels, nuclear, solar radiation, wind, geothermal, and ocean, then provides the terminology and units used for each energy resource and their equivalence. It includes an overview of the steam power cycle, gas turbines, internal combustion engines, hydraulic turbines, Stirling engines, advanced fossil fuel power systems, and combined-cycle power plants. It outlines the development, current use, and future of nuclear fission.

The book also gives a comprehensive description of the direct energy conversion methods, including, Photovoltaics, Fuel Cells, Thermoelectric conversion, Thermionics and MHD It briefly reviews the physics of PV electrical generation, discusses the PV system design process, presents several PV system examples, summarizes the latest developments in crystalline silicon PV, and explores some of the present challenges facing the large scale deployment of PV energy sources. The book discusses five energy storage categories: electrical, electromechanical, mechanical, direct thermal, and thermochemical and the storage media that can store and deliver energy.

With contributions from researchers at the top of their fields and on the cutting edge of technologies, the book provides comprehensive coverage of end use efficiency of green technology. It includes in-depth discussions not only of better efficient energy management in buildings and industry, but also of how to plan and design for efficient use and management from the ground up.


“ … with its comprehensive discussion of methods that maximize energy production, it is a welcome addition to the literature. … no energy source is ignored. … This book is a classic and demands purchase by anyone involved in energy production, use or research.”

--G.F. Bennett, The University of Toledo, Ohio, writing in Hazardous Materials, February 2008, Vol. 151

Table of Contents

Introduction, D.Y. Goswami


Fossil Fuels, R. Reuther, R. Bajura, and P.C. Crouse

Biomass Energy, R.P. Overend and L.L. Wright

Nuclear Resources, J.S. Tulenko

Solar Energy Resources, D.Y. Goswami

Wind Energy Resources, D.E. Berg

Geothermal Energy, J.L. Renner and M.J. Reed


Steam Power Plant, J. Kern

Gas Turbines, S.I. Freedman

Internal Combustion Engines, D.E. Klett and E.M. Afify

Hydraulic Turbines, R.E.A. Arndt

Stirling Engines, W.B. Stine

Advanced Fossil Fuel Power Systems, A.F. Armor

Combined-Cycle Power Plants, A. Lezuo

Energy Storage Technologies, R. Hammerschlag and C.P. Schaber

Nuclear Power Technologies, E.A. Harvego and K.D. Kok

Nuclear Fusion, T.E. Shannon

Solar Thermal Energy Conversion, T.A. Reddy, R. Battisti, H. Schweiger, W. Weiss, J.H. Morehouse, D.Y. Goswami, and S. Vijayaraghaven

Concentrating Solar Thermal Power, M. Romero-Alvarez and E. Zarza

Photovoltaics Fundamentals, Technology, and Application, R. Messenger, D.Y. Goswami, H.M. Upadhyaya, T.M. Razykov. A.N. Tiwari, R. Winston, and R. McConnell

Wind Energy Conversion, D.E. Berg

Biomass Energy Conversion Processes for Energy Recovery, M. Kayhamian, G. Tchobanoglous, and R.C. Brown

Geothermal Energy Conversion, K. Kitz

Waste to Energy Conversion, C.O. Velzy and L.M. Grillo

Ocean Energy Technology, D. Bharathan and F. Zangrando

Fuel Cells, X. Li

Direct Energy Conversion, M.L. Ramalingan


About the Originator

About the Series

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Series

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Energy
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / Thermodynamics