There has been ever increasing interest in understanding the various aspects of available resources and production, in terms of need and supply, conservation and environmental impacts and so on. From the current energy scenario, it is very clear that there are serious challenges related in achieving energy sustainability and security worldwide. The aim of this book is to present an overview of progress made towards energy sustainability addressing concerns regarding carbon emission and clean energy resources. Keeping this in mind, the book has chapters on all major energy sources which are being utilized at present, along with those having potential prospects for future.
Table of Contents
1. Solar PV and Solar Thermal. Solar Energy An Effective Tool for Value Addition of Foodstuffs. Solar Thermal Technologies: Overview and Development Perspectives. Use of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV): A Significant Step toward Green Build. Review on Performance Affected Parameters for Dye Sensitized Solar Cell. A Role of Phase Change Materials in Building Applications. 2. Hydrogen Cells and Biofuels. The Hydrogen Initiative: Technological Advancements and Storage Challenges. Energy Security and Sustainability for Road Transport Sector: The Role of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology. Status of Biomass Gasification Technologies in Europe. 3. Nonconventional Energy Resources. Shale Gas in the Energy Basket. Energy Security and Sustainability through Wind Energy. 4. Renewable Energy, Its Economics, Policy and Communication. Renewable and Sustainable Architecture. Renewable Energy Financing in India. Energy Sustainability and Strategic Communications. Policy Reforms in Indian Energy Sector to Achieve Energy Security and Sustainability. Geopolitics of Energy. 5. Index.
Dr. Atul Sharma received his Ph.D. on the "Effect on Thermophysical Properties of PCMs due to Thermal Cycles and Their Utilization for Solar Thermal Energy Storage Systems" in the School of Energy and Environmental Studies at Devi Ahilya University, India. After, he worked as a Scientific Officier at the Regional Testing Centre Cum Technical Backup Unit for Solar Thermal Devices in the School of Energy & Environmental Studies at Devi Ahilya University Indore, funded by the Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, New Delhi, Govt. Of India. He also worked as a Research Assistant at Solar Thermal Research Center and the New & Renewable Energy Research Department at Korea Institute of Energy Research. Dr. Sharma has been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kun Shan University in Taiwan. Currently, Dr. Sharma is working as an Assistant Professor at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT). He has published 26 research papers in various International Journals and 57 research papers in various International and National conferences. He also has several patents related to PCMs technology in the Taiwan region. He is working on developments and applications in Phase Change Materials, Green Building, Solar Water Heating Systems, Solar Air Heating Systems, and Solar Drying Systems. Dr. Sharma is conducting research at the Non-Conventional Energy Laboratory (NCEL), RGIPT, and is currently engaged with three Department of Science & Technology (DST) sponsored projects at his lab. Further, he served as an editorial board member and reviewer for many national and international journals, project reports, and book chapters.
Dr. Amritanshu Shukla completed his masters in Physics and received his Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur in January 2005. He did his postdoctoral research work at premier institutes across the globe. To name a few: The Institute of Physics Bhubaneswar (Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India), University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Rome/Gran Sasso National Laboratory, and the Physical Research Laboratory Ahmedabad (Department of Space, Govt. of India). He is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Physics department at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT). His research interests include: Nuclear physics and Physics of renewable energy resources. He has published more than 60 research papers in various international journals and in various international and national conferences. He has presented his research work at various national and international institutes. Currently he is working on several national and international projects/research collaborations from India and abroad on his research interests.
"This book deals with the development of the various forms of renewable energy resources such as active and passive solar energy systems, photovoltaic modules, wind and ocean energy systems, and biomass. Thus, the aim of the book is to present an overview of progress made towards energy sustainability addressing concerns regarding carbon emission and clean energy resources. Keeping this in mind, the book has chapters on all major energy sources which are being utilized at present, along with those having potential prospects for future. The book (1) provides up-to-date status reviews of different energy resources and technologies, (2) emphasizes the concept of energy security and sustainability, (3) reviews future energy options and directions for energy security and sustainability, and (4) the geopolitics of energy.
The editors of the book have achieved the goals by assembling a collection of chapters in which the numerous ways of energy development in various countries have been approached to meet energy needs without causing further damage to the environment.
The editors are to be commended for their efforts and the book will be a worthy addition to the libraries and bookshelves of concerned scientist wand engineers who have an interest in alternate sources of energy. The book will also be very useful as an alternate energy guide for students, energy managers, and policy makers."
—Journal of Energy Sources Part A, Dr James Speight