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Post-Oil Energy Technology

The World's First Solar-Hydrogen Demonstration Power Plant, 1st Edition

By Bela G. Liptak

CRC Press

536 pages | 318 B/W Illus.

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A solution to the climate and energy crisis

The reversible fuel cell (RFC) described in this volume stores solar energy and thereby makes it continuously available. This can make the building of energy-free homes and all electric transportation a reality. The foldout drawing at the back of this book also describes the detailed design of the world’s first 1,000 megawatt solar-hydrogen power plant.

How is this possible?

Our planet receives more solar energy in an hour than humans use in a year. In fact, 5% of the Sahara could meet the total energy requirement of mankind. This energy can then be stored and transported in the form of hydrogen.

Converting from an exhaustible energy economy to a clean, free, and inexhaustible one

In this timely book, author Béla Lipták explains why a solar-hydrogen economy is technically feasible and cost-effective. He first outlines existing conservation technologies and renewable energy processes as well as evolving technologies, such as energy-free homes, roof shingle solar collectors, and RFCs. He goes on to discuss energy optimization techniques that could reduce the global energy consumption by one third and finally presents the detailed design of a full size solar-hydrogen power plant.

It is time to harness the power of solar energy

With global energy consumption quadrupling in the last fifty years and atmospheric carbon dioxide reaching the highest level ever recorded, now is the time to prevent further damage to the planet and ensure the survival of human civilization. It is debatable how much time we have before our fossil and uranium deposits are exhausted. It is also debatable how much climate change we can live with or how much of our economic resources should be devoted to stabilizing and reversing mankind’s growing carbon footprint. What is not debatable is that our resources are exhaustible and that we must not give reason for our grandchildren to ask, "Why did you not act in time?".

Table of Contents

The Case for Renewable Energy Processes

Global Trends

Global Warming

Nonsolar Renewable Technologies

Solar Energy

Hydrogen Technology

The Renewable Energy Economy

Costs and Efficiencies


Control and Optimization of Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Processes

Boiler Control and Optimization

Building Conditioning Optimization

Chiller and Heat Pump Optimization

Compressor Optimization

Control and Optimization Theory

Cooling Tower Optimization

Distillation Optimization

Fuel Cell Controls

Geothermal Controls

Heat Exchanger Optimization

Hydrogen Process Optimization

Power Plant Optimization

Pumping Station Optimization

Solar Collector Farm Controls

Steam Turbine Optimization

Sensors and Analyzers for Renewable Energy Processes



BTU and Heat Rate Measurement

Electric Meters and Peak Shedding

Energy Management Systems

Explosion Suppression

Fire, Flame, and Smoke Detectors

Leak Detectors


Weather Stations and Solar Detectors

The Design of the World’s First Full-Size Solar-Hydrogen Demonstration Power Plant

Solar-Hydrogen Demonstration Power Plant

The Process                    

Unique Design Features and Inventions              

Profitability Optimization              

Optimizing Control Systems        

Solar Farm Optimization                       

Boiler and Heat Storage Optimization 

Boiler Feedwater Optimization             

Geothermal Heat Pump Optimization  

Regenerative Electrolyzer Optimization

Hydrogen Liquefier Optimization          

Methanol Converter System                  

Optimized Hydrogen Compression    


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Energy
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General