Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes, Fourth Edition
provides accessible coverage of clean, safe alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power. Aldo da Rosa's classic and comprehensive resource has provided thousands of engineers, scientists, students and professionals alike with a thorough grounding in the scientific principles underlying the complex world of renewable energy technologies. The fourth edition has been fully updated and revised by new author Juan Ordonez, Director of the Energy and Sustainability Center at Florida State University, and includes new worked examples, more exercises, and more illustrations to help facilitate student learning.
- Illuminates the basic principles behind all key renewable power sources, including solar, wind, biomass, hydropower and fuel cells
- Connects scientific theory with practical implementation through physical examples and end-of-chapter questions of increasing difficulty to help readers apply their knowledge
- Offers completely revised content for better student accessibility
- Updated with expanded coverage of such topics as solar thermal processes, hydropower and renewable energy storage technologies
Dr. da Rosa taught the perennially popular Renewable Energy course at Stanford University for over 30 years. Former Chairman of the Brazilian National Research Council, Director of the Aeronautical Technical Center, and founder of Brazilian NASA, he also served as the CEO of a tech start-up, Chairman of the Board for a microprocessor manufacturer, and as a member of Siemens Corporation's scientific advisory board.
PART I: HEAT ENGINES 2. A Minimum of Thermodynamics and of the Kinetic Theory of Gases 3. Mechanical Heat Engines 4. Ocean Thermal Energy Converters 5. Thermoelectricity 6. Thermionics 7. AMTEC 8. Radio-Noise Generators
PART II: THE WORLD OF HYDROGEN 9. Fuel Cells 10. Hydrogen Production 11. Hydrogen Storage
PART III: ENERGY FROM THE SUN 12. Solar Radiation 13. Biomass 14. Photovoltaic Converters
PART IV: WIND AND WATER 15. Wind Energy 16. Ocean Engines 17. Nuclear Energy 18. Storage of Energy