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Alternative & renewable energy sources & technology

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Floating PV Plants

Floating PV Plants

Floating PV Plants is a must-have reference for anyone interested in the advances and scientific and commercial aspects of floating photovoltaics. Including information on FPV tests, environmental aspects, integration of the FPV to hydroelectric basins and other already existing structures, the authors combine their wealth of experience to present a theoretical, numerical, experimental and design-focused analysis of floating PV systems. Looking at design information on floating installation, addressing key design issues related to mechanical and electrical layout, and including the modeling design of successful case studies, this book presents wide coverage of advances in the Floating PV field.

Bioreactors for Bioenergy and Waste Abatement

Bioreactors for Bioenergy and Waste Abatement

Numerous bioreactors have evolved over time through sustained research leading to commercialization. This book focuses on the state of the art of bioreactor design and development along with a brief introductory section on reactor fundamentals. In addition, this book provides information on technologies and innovation together with constraints in economical feasibility. This book is targeted to a broad range of readers seeking necessary concepts and directions for progressive development in bioreactor technologies.

Biomethane Production and Applications

Biomethane Production and Applications

Author: Sirichai Koonaphapdeelert, Pruk Aggarangsi, James Moran Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/12/2019

This book discusses biomethane and the processes and applications downstream from biogas production. Biogas is a result of anaerobic digestion of agricultural or general household waste, such as manure, plants or food waste, and as such is considered a renewable energy source. Biomethane is a gas that results from any process that improves the quality of biogas by reducing the levels of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, moisture and other contaminant gases. Chemically, biomethane is the same as methane, and its name refers to the method of production rather than the content. Biomethane plants are generally found in locations with a low population density that are close to farms or food processing plants. In situations where there is no natural gas pipeline nearby, biomethane downstream applications can include storage, transportation, home heating, industrial use and distribution through small-scale local gas grids. This book discusses each of these applications and lists some of the design criteria as well as various issues relating to them.

The Sun and Photovoltaic Technologies

The Sun and Photovoltaic Technologies

Author: Tomislav Pavlovic Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2019

This book covers solar energy and the use of solar radiation in connection with lighting. It provides a detailed introduction to solar energy, photovoltaic (PV) solar energy conversion, and solar lighting technologies, while also discussing all of these elements in the context of the Balkan Peninsula. In the context of solar energy, the book covers a range of elements, from the structure of the sun, to PV solar plants. It subsequently addresses the status quo of solar technologies in Bulgaria, Serbia and the Republika Srpska and analyses the development of these technologies over the years, including their economic status, and how these aspects have shaped their current status. Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and professionals, particularly those based in the Balkans, will find this book both informative and interesting.

Environmentally-Benign Energy Solutions

Environmentally-Benign Energy Solutions

Author: Ibrahim Dincer Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/12/2019

This book provides high-quality research results and proposes future priorities for more sustainable development and energy security. It covers a broad range of topics on atmospheric changes, climate change impacts, climate change modeling and simulations, energy and environment policies, energy resources and conversion technologies, renewables, emission reduction and abatement, waste management, ecosystems and biodiversity, and sustainable development. Gathering selected papers from the 7th Global Conference on Global Warming (GCGW2018), held in Izmir, Turkey on June 24-28, 2018, it: Offers comprehensive coverage of the development of systems taking into account climate change, renewables, waste management, chemical aspects, energy and environmental issues, along with recent developments and cutting-edge information Highlights recent advances in the area of energy and environment, and the debate on and shaping of future directions and priorities for a better environment, sustainable development and energy security Provides a number of practical applications and case studies Is written in an easy-to-follow style, moving from the basics to advanced systems. Given its scope, the book offers a valuable resource for readers in academia and industry alike, and can be used at the graduate level or as a reference text for professors, researchers and engineers.

Microalgae Cultivation for Biofuels Production

Microalgae Cultivation for Biofuels Production

Microalgae Cultivation for Biofuels Production explores the technological opportunities and challenges involved in producing economically competitive algal-derived biofuel. The book discusses efficient methods for cultivation, improvement of harvesting and lipid extraction techniques, optimization of conversion/production processes of fuels and co-products, the integration of microalgae biorefineries to several industries, environmental resilience by microalgae, and a techno-economic and lifecycle analysis of the production chain to gain maximum benefits from microalgae biorefineries.

Power Extraction and Conversion of Renewable Energy Wind, Solar P.V. and Fuel Cells

Power Extraction and Conversion of Renewable Energy Wind, Solar P.V. and Fuel Cells

Power Extraction and Conversion of Renewable Energy: Wind, Solar P.V. and Fuel Cells provides a detailed analysis of the various power converter operations fed by solar PV and other renewable energies. Practical aspects addressing the behavior of systems, such as operating point on source characteristics and the buckling or boosting of power converters when power converters are considered, as are the fundamentals for effective use and application of renewables. Computer simulation models for typical systems give the reader a deeper insight and feel for actual systems. This book provides readers with a tool to develop, design and achieve successful power extraction.

Bioenergy Biomass to Biofuels and Waste to Energy

Bioenergy Biomass to Biofuels and Waste to Energy

Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels, Second Edition, examines current and emerging feedstocks and advanced processes and technologies that enable the development of all possible alternative energy sources, including solid (wood energy, grass energy, and other biomass), liquid (biodiesel, algae biofuel, ethanol), and gaseous/electric (biogas, syngas, bioelectricity). Divided into seven parts, the book gives thorough consideration to feedstocks, biomass production and utilization, lifecycle analysis, Energy Return on Invested (EROI), integrated sustainability assessments, conversions technologies, biofuels economics and policy. In addition, contributions from leading industry professionals and academics provide readers with a comprehensive resource that connects theory to implementation. Engineers, researchers and graduate students in the bioenergy field will find valuable, practical information that can be applied to implementing renewable energy projects, choosing among competing feedstocks, technologies, and products. The book will also serve as a basic resource for civic leaders, economic development professionals, farmers, investors, fleet managers, and reporters interested in an organized introduction to the language, feedstocks, technologies, and products in the bio-based renewable energy world.

Green Chemistry and Biodiversity Principles, Techniques, and Correlations

Green Chemistry and Biodiversity Principles, Techniques, and Correlations

Author: Cristobal N. Aguilar Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Green Chemistry and Biodiversity: Principles, Techniques, and Correlations reports on new approaches to designing chemicals and chemical transformations that are beneficial for human health and the environment, a continuing emerging important field of study. This volume provides a collection of innovative research on the development of alternative sustainable technologies, taking a broad view of the subject and integrating a wide variety of approaches. With a focus on the interdisciplinary applications of green chemistry and biodiversity, this volume will be a rich resource for scientists and researchers in many subfields of chemistry and chemical engineering.

The Palgrave Handbook of Managing Fossil Fuels and Energy Transitions

The Palgrave Handbook of Managing Fossil Fuels and Energy Transitions

Author: Geoffrey Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/2019

This Handbook is the first volume to comprehensively analyse and problem-solve how to manage the decline of fossil fuels as the world tackles climate change and shifts towards a low-carbon energy transition. The overall findings are straight-forward and unsurprising: although fossil fuels have powered the industrialisation of many nations and improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people, another century dominated by fossil fuels would be disastrous. Fossil fuels and associated greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to a level that avoids rising temperatures and rising risks in support of a just and sustainable energy transition. Divided into four sections and 25 contributions from global leading experts, the chapters span a wide range of energy technologies and sources including fossil fuels, carbon mitigation options, renewables, low carbon energy, energy storage, electric vehicles and energy sectors (electricity, heat and transport). They cover varied legal jurisdictions and multiple governance approaches encompassing multi- and inter-disciplinary technological, environmental, social, economic, political, legal and policy perspectives with timely case studies from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America and the Pacific. Providing an insightful contribution to the literature and a much-needed synthesis of the field as a whole, this book will have great appeal to decision makers, practitioners, students and scholars in the field of energy transition studies seeking a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and challenges in managing the decline of fossil fuels.

The Future of Gas Networks The Role of Gas Networks in a Low Carbon Energy System

The Future of Gas Networks The Role of Gas Networks in a Low Carbon Energy System

Author: Meysam Qadrdan, Muditha Abeysekera, Jianzhong Wu, Nick Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2019

This book investigates the role of gas networks in future low-carbon energy systems, and discusses various decarbonisation pathways, providing insights for gas network operators, developers, and policy makers. As more countries around the world move towards low-carbon energy systems and increase their exploitation of renewable energy sources, the use of natural gas and the associated infrastructure is expected to undergo a substantial transformation. As such there is a great uncertainty regarding the future role of gas networks and how they will be operated in coming years. The topics addressed include: Fundamentals of gas network operation The impact of variable renewable electricity generation on the operation and expansion of gas networks The impact of decarbonising heat supplies on gas networks Opportunities and challenges of utilising gas networks to transport alternative low-carbon gases such as bio-methane and hydrogen

Pollution, Politics, and Power The Struggle for Sustainable Electricity

Pollution, Politics, and Power The Struggle for Sustainable Electricity

Author: Thomas O. McGarity Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/11/2019

The electric power industry has been transformed over the past forty years, becoming more reliable and resilient while meeting environmental goals. A big question now is how to prevent backsliding. Pollution, Politics, and Power tells the story of the remarkable transformation of the electric power industry over the last four decades. Electric power companies have morphed from highly polluting regulated monopolies into competitive, deregulated businesses that generate, transmit, and distribute cleaner electricity. Power companies are investing heavily in natural gas and utility-scale renewable resources and have stopped building new coal-fired plants. They facilitate end-use efficiency and purchase excess electricity produced by rooftop solar panels and backyard wind turbines, helping to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. But these beneficial changes have come with costs. The once-powerful coal industry is on the edge of ruin, with existing coal-fired plants closing and coal mines shutting down. As a result, communities throughout Appalachia suffer from high unemployment and reduced resources, which have exacerbated a spiraling opioid epidemic. The Trump administration's efforts to revive the coal industry by scaling back environmental controls and reregulating electricity prices have had little effect on the coal industry's decline. Major advances therefore come with warning signs, which we must heed in charting the continuing course of sustainable electricity. In Pollution, Politics, and Power, Thomas O. McGarity examines the progress made, details lessons learned, and looks to the future with suggestions for building a more sustainable grid while easing the economic downsides of coal's demise.