Advanced renewable energy systems Parts 1 & 2

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    Bhatia, S C [Author]

    Publisher Woodhead Publishing India Pvt Ltd
    Year of publication 2014 -

    Medium Digital
    Note: Copyright restrictions mean the attachment below only contains part of the publication. The full document is available for inspection at the Mills Archive Research and Education Centre.

    Climate, environment and development > Renewable energy policy and economics
    Economics & commerce > Data & reviews


    Renewable energy

    Scope & contentPreface
    This book on renewable energy sources summarises the various aspects of renewable energy and is divided into 26 chapters.

    Chapter 1 is devoted to energy resources and their utilisation. The chapter gives brief outline of non-conventional resources along with India’s and world energy resources.

    Chapter 2 deals with solar radiations which are becoming increasingly appreciated because of their inluence on living matter and the feasibility of their application for useful purposes.

    Chapter 3 concentrates on solar devices such as solar photovoltaic modules, silicon solar cells, solar lanterns, solar lights, solar water pumps and heaters, etc.

    Chapter 4 focuses on solar thermal energy which can be utilised through two routes—solar thermal route and solar photovoltaic route.

    Chapter 5 acquaints the readers with solar photovoltaic systems which convert sunlight directly into electricity without creating any air or water pollution.

    Chapter 6 is devoted to energy-consuming and -converting equipment. Nanotechnology has the potential for significant impact at all stages of the energy value chain. Considering this, Chapter 7 focuses on nanotechnology and solar power.

    Chapter 8 deals with wind energy which is a form of solar energy and caused by the uneven heating of atmosphere by sun, the irregularities of the earth’s surface and rotation of earth.

    Chapter 9 acquaints the readers with status of wind power in India.

    Chapter 10 discusses hydroelectric power which comes from flowing water. Water, when it is falling by force of gravity, can be used to turn turbines and generators produce heat.

    Chapter 11 is devoted to small hydroelectric power on a scale serving a small community or industrial plant.

    Chapter 12 acquaints the readers with hydropower development in India.

    Chapter 13 concentrates on tide, wave and ocean energy. These are the form of hydropower that converts the energy of tides into useful forms of power—mainly electricity.

    Chapter 14 focuses on geothermal power generation which means energy or power extracted from beneath the earth. Geothermal energy is called renewable source of energy because heat is continuously produced inside the earth.

    Chapter 15 acquaints the readers with geothermal energy resources and its potential in India.

    Chapter 16 is devoted to biofuels: a review. Biofuels are the types of fuels whose energy is derived from biological carbon fixation. Biofuels include fuels derived from biomass conversion as well as solid biomass, liquid fuels and various biogases.

    Chapter 17 concentrates on biogas which refers to gas produced by biological breakdown or organic matter in the absence of oxygen.

    Chapter 18 discusses biomass gasification which is incomplete combustion of biomass resulting in production of combustible gases such as producer gas, hydrogen, traces of methane, etc.

    Chapter 19 deals with cogeneration of power and low-pressure stream by way of expansion through a turbine.

    Chapter 20 is devoted to photosynthesis which is a chemical process that converts carbon dioxide into organic compounds, especially sugars, using energy from sunlight.

    Chapter 21 concentrates on ethanol which is most often used as a motor fuel in the United States and Brazil.

    Chapter 22 focuses on biodiesel which refers to a vegetable-oil- or animal-fat-based diesel fuel consisting of long-chain alkyl esters.

    Chapter 23 deals with biohydrogen which is produced biologically, most commonly by algae and bacteria. Biohydrogen is a potential biofuel obtainable from both cultivation and waste organic materials.

    Chapter 24 is devoted to algae fuel for future.

    Chapter 25 deals with nanotech biofuels and fuels additives.

    Chapter 26 discusses issues related to biofuels which include the effect of moderating oil prices, the ‘food vs. fuel debate’, carbon emission levels, deforestation and soil erosion.

    Divisions within this publication

    • 1: Energy resources and their utilisation
    • 2: Solar radiations
    • 3: Solar devices
    • 4: Solar thermal energy
    • 5: Solar photovoltaic systems
    • 6: Energy consuming and converting equipments
    • 7: Nanotechnology and solar power
    • 8: Wind energy
    • 9: Status of wind energy in India
    • 10: Hydroelectric power
    • 11: Small hydroelectric plants
    • 12: Hydropower development in India
    • 13: Tide, wave and ocean energy
    • 14: Geothermal power generation
    • 15: Geothermal energy resources and its potential in India
    • 16: Biofuels: A review
    • 17: Biogas
    • 18: Biomass gasiication
    • 19: Cogeneration
    • 20: Photosynthesis
    • 21: Ethanol
    • 22: Biodiesel
    • 23: Biohydrogen
    • 24: Algae fuel for future
    • 25: Nanotech biofuels and fuel additives
    • 26: Issues relating to biofuels

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