This book, now in its Second Edition, is an introductory text on renewable energy sources, technologies and their applicationsa subject which is becoming increasingly important worldwide. This edition includes two new chapters that introduce contemporary practices in renewable technologies. It also discusses issues on environmental degradation and its reasons and remedies.
Besides this, a large number of numerical problems to correlate theory with typical values and chapter-end review questions are also given to reinforce the understanding of the subject matter.
Written in an accessible style, this text is designed to serve the needs of undergraduate students in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering disciplines. It will also be useful for all higher-level courses in energy programmes and multi-disciplinary postgraduate courses in science and engineering.
NEW TO THIS EDITION :
Inclusion of two new chaptersHybrid Systems and Environment, Energy and Global Climate Change.
A new section on Distributed Energy System and Dispersed Generation.
Smart grid and grid system in India
Remote village electrification with renewable energy sources
Indian Electricity Act 2003, which supports exploration of Renewable Energy.
SALIENT FEATURES :
Provides balanced introduction to all aspects of solar energy conversion including PV technology.
Gives comprehensive coverage of all facets of wind power development.
Explains small hydropower projects with illustrative figures.
Emphasises the importance of availability of biofuel from Jatropa plant.
Special attention is given to gas hydrates and hydrogen energy sources.
Fuel cells are explained as per the latest technology available.
Harnessing of ocean energy is dealt with in detail.
Utilisation of biomass and solid waste for energy recovery is emphasised.
Preface to the First Edition.
1. Energy Resources and Their Utilisation.
2. Environmental Aspects of Electric Energy Generation.
3. Solar Radiation and Its Measurement.
4. Solar Thermal Energy Collectors.
5. Solar Thermal Energy Conversion Systems.
6. Solar Photovoltaic System.
7. Wind Energy.
8. Wind Energy Farms.
9. Small Hydropower.
10. Geothermal Energy.
11. Electric Power Generation by Ocean Energy.
12. Biomass Energy.
13. Fuel Cells.
14. Hydrogen Energy System.
15. Hybrid Systems.
16. Environment, Energy and Global Climate Change.