Renewable Energy Technology for Engineers: Principles, Generation, Storage, Economics, and More

The future requires substantial growth in renewable energy systems in order to address carbon emissions and climate change, while still improving human life. To meet this challenge, many engineers and other technical professionals need new theoretical and practical knowledge, including greater familiarity with current and emerging renewable technologies.

In Chemical Processes in Renewable Energy Systems, Dr. Vivek Utgikar introduces the fundamental principles, transformations, and applications associated with each leading form of renewable energy. Writing for engineering students and practitioners, Utgikar covers solar, biomass, hydro, wind, ocean, and geothermal energy, as well as hybrid systems that integrate generation with storage. He also introduces essential principles of techno-economic analysis, to clarify issues that will continue to inform policy concerning renewable energy systems.

Utgikar discusses state-of-the-art, recent developments, as well as enduring scientific and technological principles and transformations, and provides complete references to encourage deeper exploration. The resulting text will help you quickly get up to date and then stay up to date as technological, social, and economic factors evolve.

  • Understand energy's role in society, the limits and risks of fossil sources, and renewable alternatives

  • Compare the leading forms of primary renewable energy and the transformations they make possible

  • Learn how concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) systems improve solar energy utilization

  • Explore complex transformations of biomass energy into electricity, heat, and fuel chemicals

  • Optimize transformations in renewable systems that are primarily mechanical and thermal, such as hydro, wind, ocean, and geothermal

  • Consider engineering issues associated with hybrid systems that combine generation with batteries or other forms of storage

  • Apply principles of techno-economic analysis to renewables to make better policy or business decisions

For students, this guide will illuminate both the technical principles and policy perspectives influencing the move to renewables. For practitioners, it offers a refresher and ready reference to implement any renewable energy system, now and in the future.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. About This eBook
  3. Halftitle Page
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright Page
  6. Dedication Page
  7. Contents
  8. Foreword
  9. Preface
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. About the Author
  12. Chapter 1 Introduction to Energy Systems
    1. 1.1 Energy and Society
    2. 1.2 Energy System Architecture
    3. 1.3 Evolution of Energy Systems
    4. 1.4 Future Energy Systems: Growth of Renewables
    5. 1.5 Summary
    6. References
    7. Problems
  13. Chapter 2 Renewable Energy Sources
    1. 2.1 Primary Renewable Energy Sources
    2. 2.2 Transformations of Primary Renewable Energy Sources
    3. 2.3 Summary
    4. References
    5. Problems
  14. Chapter 3 Transformations and Chemical Processes in Solar Energy Systems
    1. 3.1 Solar Thermal (CSP) Systems
    2. 3.2 Solar PV Systems
    3. 3.3 Summary
    4. References
    5. Problems
  15. Chapter 4 Transformations and Chemical Processes in Biomass Energy Systems
    1. 4.1 Biomass Characteristics
    2. 4.2 Biomass Pretreatment
    3. 4.3 Biomass Transformations
    4. 4.4 Summary
    5. References
    6. Problems
  16. Chapter 5 Transformations and Chemical Processes in Mechanical, Geothermal, and Ocean Energy Systems
    1. 5.1 Transformations of Mechanical Energy
    2. 5.2 Transformations of Geothermal Energy
    3. 5.3 Transformations of Ocean Energy
    4. 5.4 Summary
    5. References
    6. Problems
  17. Chapter 6 Hybrid Energy Systems
    1. 6.1 Intermittency in Renewable Energy Systems: Causes and Impacts
    2. 6.2 HES: Definition and Architecture
    3. 6.3 Energy Storage: Fundamentals and Alternatives
    4. 6.4 Separations and Processes in Chemical Energy Storage
    5. 6.5 Separations and Processes in TES
    6. 6.6 Summary
    7. References
    8. Problems
  18. Chapter 7 Techno-Economic Analysis of Renewable Energy Systems
    1. 7.1 Current Status of Renewable Energy Systems
    2. 7.2 Economics and Energy Balance of Energy Systems
    3. 7.3 Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Systems
    4. 7.4 Role of Public Policy in Energy Transitions
    5. 7.5 Summary
    6. References
    7. Problems
  19. Epilogue The Path Forward
  20. Appendix A Conversion Factors and Constants
    1. Conversion Factors
    2. Important Constants
  21. Appendix B Thermodynamic Power Cycles: A Primer
    1. B.1 Carnot Cycle
    2. B.2 Brayton Cycle
    3. B.3 Rankine Cycle
    4. B.4 Kalina Cycle
    5. B.5 Summary
    6. References
  22. Index