This book examines the key aspects that will define future sustainable energy systems: energy supply, energy storage, security and limited environmental impacts. It clearly explains the need for an integrated engineering approach to sustainable energies, based on mathematical, biogeophysical, and engineering arguments. Resilient and efficient alternatives are compared to non-sustainable options. This book results from the collaboration of 50 international contributors.
1. Introduction 2. Solar and Geothermal Energies Are Sustainable; Nuclear Power Is Not 3. Renewables—The Politics and Economics Behind Them 4. The Constructal Design Applied to Renewable Energy Systems 5. Integration of Renewable Energy Technologies in Buildings and Cities 6. Next Developments in Solar Thermal Technologies 7. Advances in Solar-Assisted Air Conditioning Systems for Tropical-Humid Locations 8. Absorption Thermodynamic Cycles: Advanced Cycles Based on Ammonia/Salt 9. Hybrid Solar and Geothermal Heating and Cooling 10. Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Solar Applications 11. Solar Photocatalytic Energy 12. Novel Solar Fuels from H2O and CO2 13. Tannins as Precursors of Supercapacitor Electrodes 14. Recent Contributions in the Development of Fuel Cell Technologies 15. Towards More Sustainable Aeronautics via the Use of Biofuels 16. Solar Cooking for All 17. Sustainable Wind Energy Systems 18. Tidal Current Technologies: Brief Overview and In-Depth Coverage of the State of the Art 19. From Large Dams to Sustainable Hydropower 20. Bioenergy Principles and Applications 21. Advanced Biomethane Processes 22. Human Energy: System Integration, Efficiency, Recovery 23. Sustainable Energy for Houses
"The authors succeeded splendidly in leading a team of recognized experts in their respective fields, producing a fascinating book that takes the reader straight to the state-of-the art, as well as outlining the course of future development. In addition, policy issues are being covered at a cusp in history when vested interests in conventional fossil and nuclear energies are using their established access to policy formulation in order to delay the inevitable transition to the global democratization of power through Sustainable Energy Technologies. Hence, policy decision makers, students and specialists will benefit from this comprehensive and highly recommended publication. "
—Dieter Holm , University of Pretoria, South Africa