Title Talking Renewables
Subtitle A Renewable Energy Primer for Everyone
Author Anirudh Singh
ISBN 9781681748986
List price USD 44.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 98
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Morgan & Claypool Publishers (Eurospan Group)
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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Renewable energy (RE) is a subject of great interest today. It is one of the two main means for implementing climate change mitigation programmes, and presently the only perceived means for replacing the declining global fossil fuel reserves. It also helps fight poverty and assists in the global quest for gender equity by taking clean energy where it is needed most for development.

It is perhaps not surprising therefore that there is so much coverage of RE in both the conventional media and the internet by media and tech writers, economists and bloggers, many of who only have a partial understanding of the technology itself. The end result is mostly promotional rhetoric that says little about the true value of the technology, and leads to a confused picture for the serious individual or decision-maker who wants to know what the technology is really capable of doing.

This book provides a clear and factual picture of the status of RE and its capabilities today. The need for such a book was first realized by the author when he was engaged in a renewable energy capacity-building project encompassing countries from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Pacific. The book is largely non-technical in nature; it does however contain enough mention of the science and technology to enable readers to go further with their own investigations should they wish to.

The book covers all areas of renewable energy (RE), starting from biomass energy and hydropower and proceeding to wind, solar and geothermal energy before ending with an overview of ocean energy. It begins with a simple introduction to the physical principles of the RE technologies, followed by an enumeration of the requirements for their successful implementation. The last two chapters consider how the technologies are actually being implemented today and their roles in climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation.




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Chapter 1: Energy and its uses • Our energy needs • Forms of energy • Primary and end-use energy • Renewable energy • Why renewable energy? • Availability of renewable energy • Activities • What is energy? • How much energy? • Summary • Reference

Chapter 2: Principles of renewable energy technologies—biomass and hydropower • Introduction to renewable energy technologies • Biomass energy • Forms of biomass fuels • Uses of biomass energy • Power generation from biomass • Hydro energy • Introduction • Types of hydropower • Principles of operation • Turbines • Summary • Reference

Chapter 3: Principles of renewable energy technologies—solar, wind, geothermal and ocean energy • Introduction • Solar energy • Introduction • Solar thermal • Solar photo-voltaic (PV) power generation • Wind energy • Principles of wind power generation • Geothermal energy • Introduction • Global overview • Geothermal power generation • Geothermal district heating and cooling • Ocean energy • Introduction • Global overview • The technology • Summary • References

Chapter 4: Assessing renewable energy resources • Introduction: the essential requirements for renewable energy development • Solar resources • Wind resources • Hydro resources • Biomass and biofuels • Introduction • Assessment methods • Case study—assessment of biomass resources in Afghanistan • Summary • References

Chapter 5: Other requirements for renewable energy • Introduction • Human capacity • Institutional capacity • Policies and legislations • Introduction—why energy policies and legislations are needed • Key features of energy policies • Summary • References

Chapter 6: Using renewable energy • Introduction • Global overview of energy • Issues with renewable energy • Traditional biomass • Intermittency of wind and solar power • Developments in the energy distribution paradigm • Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) • Grid power: from baseload to VRE • Renewable energy and energy poverty • Introduction • Global action—sustainable development goal • Indicators of success • Renewable energy and climate change • Role of renewable energy and energy efficiency in climate change mitigation • The UN action against climate change • Summary • Reference

Chapter 7: Our energy future • Introduction • Motivation for change • Free market forces and the renewable energy industry • Barriers to change • Towards advanced biofuels • Introduction • Advanced biofuels • The future of power generation • Summary • Reference


About the Author:

Anirudh Singh, PhD, is a researcher, writer, and consultant in Renewable Energy and Climate Change currently based at the University of Fiji where he is developing a Master’s programme in Renewable Energy Management. After obtaining his PhD in Condensed Matter physics at Leicester University, he spent most of his research and teaching career the University of the South Pacific, where he managed two major capacity-building projects in Renewable Energy. He has also managed two international conferences and fourteen Renewable Energy capacity-building workshops, and has been Associate/Guest editor for international publishers.

Target Audience:

This book provides a clear and factual picture of the status of Renewable Energy and its capabilities today.

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