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The only book to combine Economics, Environmental Impacts, Policy, Technological Info and Scientific Background all in one comprehensive volume

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Perspectives PART I: Energy Resources Chapter 2. Status, prospects and sustainability issues Chapter 3. The origin of renewable energy flows Chapter 4. Modelling renewable energy flows Chapter 5. Individual renewable energy resources PART II: Technologies for converting and handling renewable energy Chapter 6. General principles Chapter 7. Heat energy conversion processes Chapter 8. Mechanical energy conversion processes Chapter 9. Solar radiation conversion processes Chapter 10. Electrochemical energy conversion processes Chapter 11. Bioenergy conversion processes Chapter 12. Energy Transmission Chapter 13. Energy storage technologies PART III: Planning and socio-economic issues Chapter 14. Energy system planning Chapter 15. Socio-economic assessment Chapter 16. Integrated approaches

About the Author

Professor Emeritus at the Department of People and Technology, and a professor of physics at the Institute of Mathematics and Physics, both at Roskilde University, Denmark. He is also an independent consultant at Novator Advanced Technology Consulting. Bent Sorensen's research is cross-disciplinary and has resulted in nearly a thousand scientific articles and some 40 books, including foundation work in economic theory (the scenario method, life-cycle analysis) and in energy research (renewable energy resources, technology and applications). Dr. Sorensen is one of the world's leading specialists in renewable energy. He has five decades of experience in researching the field, and has published hundreds of monographs, articles in scientific journals, technical reports, and conference contributions. He has received several awards and has been knighted by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark. He has worked at universities in Japan, France, Denmark, Australia and the United States (Berkeley and Yale), has been a consultant to governments and international organizations, a lead author in the IPCC climate assessment recipient of several international prizes and honors.


"This book is written for scholars and research students, going well beyond more popular texts and covering in detail the physics, engineering, environmental impacts and socioeconomics of all renewable energy sources. It includes many hundreds of references. It is suitable as a textbook at the undergraduate and graduate level for scientists and engineers, and could also be used by economists and planners. For teachers, there are mini projects and exercises after each Part..the text is clear and the units are still SI."--AIE's EnergyNews, December 2011, Volume 29, No. 4, page 107 "Renewable Energy, 4e by Bent Sorensen has been structured around three parts in order to assist readers in focusing on the issues that impact them the most for a given project or question. PART I covers the basic scientific principles behind all major renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind and biomass. PART II provides in-depth information about how these raw renewable sources can actually be converted into useful forms, transmitted into the grid and stored for future utilization. Finally, PART III undertakes the aspects of energy planning, environmental impacts and socio-economic issues on regional and global levels."

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