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Sustainable Energy Technologies

1st Edition

Edited by Eduardo Rincón-Mejía, Alejandro de las Heras

CRC Press

399 pages | 9 Color Illus. | 169 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

[Eduardo Rincón-Mejía, Alejandro de las Heras, and Marina Islas-Espinoza]

2. Solar and Geothermal Energies Are Sustainable; Nuclear Power Is Not

[Alejandro de las Heras, Eduardo Rincón-Mejía, Behrooz Sani, and Marina Islas-Espinoza]

3. Renewables—The Politics and Economics Behind Them

[Andrea Leon-Grossmann]

4. The Constructal Design Applied to Renewable Energy Systems

[Elizaldo D. dos Santos, Liércio A. Isoldi, Mateus das N. Gomes, and Luiz A. O. Rocha]

5. Integration of Renewable Energy Technologies in Buildings and Cities

[Andy Walker]

6. Next Developments in Solar Thermal Technologies

[Valeriano Ruiz-Hernández]

7. Advances in Solar-Assisted Air Conditioning Systems for Tropical-Humid Locations

[Jorge E. González]

8. Absorption Thermodynamic Cycles: Advanced Cycles Based on Ammonia/Salt

[Antonio Lecuona-Neumann, Pedro A. Rodríguez-Aumente, Mathieu Legrand, and Antonio Famiglietti]

9. Hybrid Solar and Geothermal Heating and Cooling

[Bernd Weber]

10. Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Solar Applications

[Aran Solé, Alvaro de Gracia, and Luisa F. Cabeza]

11. Solar Photocatalytic Energy

[Lourdes Isabel Cabrera-Lara]

12. Novel Solar Fuels from H2O and CO2

[Christian Sattler, Anis Houaijia, and Martin Roeb]

13. Tannins as Precursors of Supercapacitor Electrodes

[Vanessa Fierro, Angela Sánchez-Sánchez, and Alain Celzard]

14. Recent Contributions in the Development of Fuel Cell Technologies

[José Luis Reyes-Rodríguez, Heriberto Cruz-Martínez, Miriam Marisol Tellez-Cruz, Adrián Velázquez-Osorio, and Omar Solorza-Feria]

15. Towards More Sustainable Aeronautics via the Use of Biofuels

[Aris Iturbe, W. Vicente, and J.E.V. Guzmán]

16. Solar Cooking for All

[Antonio Lecuona-Neumann, José I. Nogueira, Pedro A. Rodríguez, and Mathieu Legrand]

17. Sustainable Wind Energy Systems

[Eduardo Rincón-Mejía and Ana Rincón-Rubio]

18. Tidal Current Technologies: Brief Overview and In-Depth Coverage of the State of the Art

[Vanesa Magar]

19. From Large Dams to Sustainable Hydropower

[Katarzyna Anna Korys and Agnieszka Ewa Latawiec]

20. Bioenergy Principles and Applications

[Marina Islas-Espinoza and Alejandro de las Heras]

21. Advanced Biomethane Processes

[Sevcan Aydin, Bahar Yavuzturk Gul, and Aiyoub Shahi]

22. Human Energy: System Integration, Efficiency, Recovery

[Jose Antonio Aguilar Becerril, Diana Gabriela Pinedo Catalan, Paola Yazmin Jimenez Colin, and Jaime Manuel Aguilar Becerril]

23. Sustainable Energy for Houses

[David Morillon Galvez and Francisco Javier Ceballos Ochoa]

About the Editors

Eduardo A. Rincón was the Chair of the Solar Energy Division (2013-2014) and Chair of the Solar Heating and Cooling of the SED Technical Committee (2009-2013) for the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is Member of the Board of Directors (2005- ) and was the Secretary (2008-2009) for the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). He was the President of the Mexican Solar Energy Association (2002-2004). Other positions are: International Energy Foundation, Board of Directors Member (2002- ). Member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America (2004-2008). In 2004 he received the Mexican Renewable Energy Award from the Ministry of Energy, Mexico. Professor Rincón works primarily in the area of Renewable Energy Technologies, with an emphasis on affordable solar technologies. His current research focus is the development of solar concentrators using non-imaging optics for applications such as solar cooking, water distillation, space heating, steam generation for industrial and residential uses, and high-flux research. Some of his latest developments include affordable small-scale wind generators, high-efficiency solar ovens and solar hotplates. He has authored over 40 articles in scientific and research journals. He has supervised over 60 graduate theses and taught Thermal Science as well as specific courses on solar energy applications, wind generators, and renewable energy systems.

Alejandro de Las Heras (Demography DEA at Paris Sorbonne, PhD in Environmental Sciences at University of East Anglia) is an independent researcher based in Spain. He has worked with grassroots movements and NGOs in Mali, France and Mexico. He has also taught in higher education in England and Mexico. He has made systematic inroads in and published on applied sustainability: mammal conservation, predictions of deforestation, contraception and population dynamics, toxicological and cancer implications of dominant technologies. His current research and practice area is domestic biomethane production using waste, as part of his longterm interest in technology sustainability. With CRC Press he has edited Sustainable Science and Technology: An Introduction, Boca Raton, 2014.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Energy
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Electrical