The book covers energy storage systems, bioenergy and hydrogen economy, grid integration of renewable energy systems, distributed generation, economic analysis, and environmental impacts of renewable energy systems. The overall approaches are interdisciplinary and comprehensive, covering economic, environmental, and grid integration issues as well as the physical and engineering aspects. Core issues discussed include mechanical, electrical, and thermal energy storage systems, batteries, fuel cells, biomass and biofuels, hydrogen economy, distributed generation, a brief presentation of microgrids, and in-depth discussions of economic analysis and methods of renewable energy systems, environmental impacts, life-cycle analysis, and energy conservation issues. With several solved examples, holistic material presentation, in-depth subject matter discussions and self-content material presentation, this textbook will appeal strongly to students and professional and nonprofessional readers who wish to understand this fascinating subject. Readers are encouraged to solve the problems and questions, which are useful ways to understand and apply the concepts and the topics included.
Table of Contents
1. Energy Storage Systems
2. Batteries, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Energy
3. Biomass, Biofuels, Waste-to-Energy Recovery
4. Electric Utility Integration of Renewable Energy Systems
5. Economics, Energy Management and Conservation
6. Distributed Generation and Microgrids
7. Renewable Energy Environmental Impacts
Radian Belu, PhD, is an associate professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has a PhD in power engineering and a PhD in physics. Before joining Southern University, Dr. Belu held faculty and research positions at universities and research institutes in Romania, Canada, and United States. He also worked for several years in industry as project manager, senior engineer, and consultant. His research focuses on energy conversion, renewable energy, microgrids, power electronics, climate, and extreme event impacts on power systems. He taught and developed courses in power engineering, renewable energy, smart grids, control, electric machines and environmental physics. His research interests include power systems, renewable energy systems, smart microgrids, power electronics and electric machines, energy management and engineering education. Dr. Belu has published 1 book, 15 book chapters, and over 200 papers in referred journals and in conference proceedings. He has been PI or Co-PI for various research projects in the United States and abroad.