Fundamentals and Source Characteristics of Renewable Energy Systems: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Fundamentals and Source Characteristics of Renewable Energy Systems

1st Edition

By Radian Belu

CRC Press

528 pages | 7 Color Illus. | 55 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367261399
pub: 2019-10-07
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This textbook is intended for an audience with little or no power engineering or renewable energy background. The book will cover electric energy from alternative energy sources including solar, wind, water, hydropower, geothermal and ocean energy. Core issues to be discussed include: wind and solar resource estimates and analysis, solar thermal systems, solar collectors, photovoltaics, wind turbines, geothermal energy, energy small hydropower, wave, tide and ocean energy, characteristics of energy conversion, control and electrical aspects. The book is divided into eight chapters covering the most important aspects of the renewable energy sources and technologies.

Table of Contents

Energy, Environment and Renewable Energy

    1. Introduction, Basic Energy, Fossil Fuel Sources
    2. Renewable Energy Sources
    3. Physics and Energy Fundamentals
    4. Heat Transfer, and Essential of Fluid Mechanics
    5. Future Energy Demand and Environment
    6. Units and Dimensional Analysis
    7. Chapter Summary
    8. Questions and Problems
    9. References and Further Readings

Solar Energy Resources

2.1 Introduction, Astronomical Background

2.2 Sun-Earth Geometry, Extra-terrestrial Solar Radiation, Solar Constant

2.3 Solar Irradiance on the Earth’s Surface

2.4 Solar Radiation on Horizontal and Tilted Surfaces

2.5 Daily and Monthly Solar Radiation Estimation Models

2.6 Solar Design Tools

2.7 Solar Radiation Measurements

2.8 Chapter Summary

2.9 Questions and Problems

2.10 References and Further Readings

Solar Collectors and Solar Thermal Energy Systems

3.1 Introduction to Solar Thermal Energy

3.2 Passive and Active Solar Thermal Energy Systems

3.3 Collecting Solar Energy, Tracking Sunlight

3.4 Solar Collectors, Types and Characteristics

3.5 Concentrating Solar Energy

3.6 Solar Thermal Systems for Electricity Generation

3.7 Solar Thermal Energy Storage

3.8 Chapter Summary

3.9 Questions and Problems

3.10 Further Readings

Photovoltaic Systems and Applications

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Photovoltaic Basics, Operation and PV Cell Materials

4.3 PV Cell Construction, Technology and Materials

4.4 Photovoltaic Modules, Arrays and Systems

4.5 PV Systems and Components

    1. PV System Design

4.7Chapter Summary

    1. Questions and Problems

Wind Energy Resources

5.1 Introduction, Historical Notes

5.2 Wind Energy Resources

5.3 Factors Affecting Wind Energy Estimates and Computations

5.4 Instrumentation and Measurement Techniques, Data Validation

5.5 Wind Resource Statistics

5.6 Wind Energy Potential Assessment

5.7 Chapter Summary

5.8 References and Further Readings

5.9 Questions and Problems

Wind Energy Conversion Systems

6.1 Introduction, Wind Turbine Configurations

6.2 Wind Turbine Aerodynamics

6.3 Wind Turbine Components

6.4 Operation and Control of Wind Energy Conversion Systems

6.5 Setting and Design of Wind Power Plants

6.6 Economic and Environmental Aspects of Wind Energy Projects

6.7 Conclusions and Chapter Summary

6.8 References and Further Readings

6.9 Questions and Problems

Geothermal Energy

7.1 Introduction, Earth Internal Structure

7.2 Geothermal Energy Resources Characterization and Assessment

7.3 Direct Use of Geothermal Energy

7.4 Electricity from Geothermal Energy Sources

7.5 Chapter Summary and Conclusions

7.6 References and Further Readings

7.7 Questions and Problems

Hydropower and Marine Energy

8.1 Introduction, Water Energy, Basics

8.2 Small and Mini Hydro-power

8.3 Tidal and Wave Energy

8.4 Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

8.5 Chapter Summary

8.6 Questions and Problems

8.7 References and Further Readings


Appendix A – Common Parameters, Units and Conversion Factors

Appendix B: Design Parameters, Values and Data

About the Author

Dr. Radian Belu is an Associate Professor within Electrical Engineering Department, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, USA. He is holding one PHD in power engineering and other PHD in physics. Before joining to Southern University Dr. Belu hold 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 interests are in energy conversion, renewable energy, microgrids, power electronics, climate and extreme event impacts on power systems. He has taught and developed courses in power engineering, renewable energy, smart grids, control, electric machines, and environmental physics. His research interests included power systems, renewable energy systems, smart microgrids, power electronics and electric machines, energy management and engineering education. During his career Dr. Belu published one book, fifteen book chapters, over 200 papers in referred journals and in conference proceedings. He has also been PI or Co-PI for various research projects United States and abroad.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Electrical