Author: Volker Quaschning
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
Der Marktführer aus dem Bereich der Energie- und Umwelttechnik Ohne Fachkenntnisse die Energiewende verstehen Die Energiewende ist beschlossen – wie aber lässt sich unsere Energieversorgung in den nächsten 20 Jahren vollständig auf erneuerbare Energien umstellen? Auf diese und zahlreiche andere Fragestellungen zum Thema „Erneuerbare Energien“ geht das Buch detailliert ein. Es leistet damit einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Klima-Debatte und behandelt die gesamte Bandbreite der erneuerbaren Energien, angefangen bei der Solarenergie über die Windkraft bis hin zur Erdwärme oder Biomasse. Neben allgemein verständlichen Beschreibungen der jeweiligen Technik, des Entwicklungsstandes und künftiger Potenziale liefert das Buch auch konkrete Anleitungen zur Planung und Umsetzung eigener regenerativer Anlagen. Hinweise auf Vorschriften und Fördermöglichkeiten geben dabei weitere Hilfestellungen. Es erläutert aber auch die Umweltverträglichkeit und das Zusammenspiel der verschiedenen Technologien sowie ihre Wirtschaftlichkeit. Schwerpunkte: • Energieversorung – gestern und heute • Klimawandel und Folgen • Energiewende in Deutschland • Energieverschwendung und Energieeinsparung • Photovoltaik • Solarthermieanlagen und Solarkraftwerke • Windkraftwerke • Wasserkraftwerke • Geothermie • Wärmepumpen • Biomasse • Erneuerbare Gase und Brennstoffzellen • Beispiele nachhaltiger Energieversorgung Die Website www.volker-quaschning.de bietet eines der größten und unabhängigen Informationsangebote zu regenerativen Energien und Klimaschutz sowie interessante Zusatzinformationen direkt zum Buch.
Author: Paul Kohlenbach, Uli Jakob
Cooling buildings is a major global energy consumer and the energy requirement is growing year by year. This guide to solar cooling technology explains all you need to know about how solar energy can be converted into cooling energy. It outlines the difference between heat-driven and photovoltaic-driven systems and gives examples of both, making clear in what situations solar cooling technology makes sense. It includes chapters on: • solar thermal collectors • solar cooling technologies • cold distribution • storage components • designing and sizing • installation, operation and maintenance • economic feasibility • potential markets • case studies. Solar Cooling is for engineers, architects, consultancies, solar thermal technology companies, students and anyone who is interested in getting involved with this technology.
Author: Marina Stoll
Publisher: Igel Verlag RWS
Die Haufung von globalen Wirtschaftskrisen, Betrug und Finanzskandalen, aber auch von Terroranschlagen und Naturkatastrophen zeigt, dass Unternehmen sich immer mehr Herausforderungen gegenubersehen und wie wichtig das Managen von Risiken geworden ist. Daher mussen Unternehmen Systeme implementieren, um Risiken zu identifizieren, zu bewerten und zu steuern und dadurch Transparenz uber die eigene Risikosituation zu schaffen. Besonders wichtig wird diese Aufgabe fur Unternehmen in der Energiewirtschaft werden, denn knapper werdende Ressourcen, klimatische Veranderungen und politische Eingriffe machen es zunehmend schwieriger, die Unternehmensziele planmassig zu erreichen. Insbesondere auf Unternehmen in Deutschland kommen grosse Herausforderungen zu, da die Energiewende viele Neuerungen mit sich bringt und dadurch die Zukunft vieler Unternehmen unsicherer macht. Dieses Buch soll dazu dienen, ein Risikomanagementsystem speziell fur Energieunternehmen vorzustellen, das aus den vier Phasen Risikoidentifikation, -bewertung, -steuerung und -uberwachung besteht. Ein besonderes Augenmerk wird dabei auf die Risiken gelegt, die durch die Energiewende verstarkt oder sogar erst erzeugt werden."
Author: Hamid Reza Karimi
Publisher: CRC Press
The book gives a systematical and almost self-contained description of the many facets of envisaging, designing, implementing or experimentally exploring offshore mechatronics and systems along the adequate designs of integrated modeling, safety, control and supervision infrastructure. With the rapid improvements in offshore technologies in various fields such as oil and gas industry, wind energy, robotics and logistics, many researchers in academia and industry have focused on technology-based challenges raised in offshore environment. This book introduces novel theoretical or practical techniques for offshore mechatronics systems. Chapters cover general application model-based systems engineering, wind energy, control systems, mechanics, health monitoring, safety critical human-machine systems, logistics and offshore industrial complexes such as oil and gas operations, robotics, large space structures and autonomous underwater vehicles, and some other advanced technologies. The core feature of this book is that of establishing synergies of modeling, control, computing and mechanics in order to achieve not only robust plant system operation but also properties such as safety, cost, integrity and survivability while retaining desired performance quality. The book provides innovative insights into applications aspects and theoretical understanding of complex offshore mechatronics systems that has emerged in recent years, either via physical implementations or via extensive computer simulations in addition to sound innovated theoretical developments. It will serve as a reference for graduate and postgraduate students and for researchers in all engineering disciplines, including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and applied mathematics to explore the state-of-theart techniques for solving problems of integrated modeling, control and supervision of complex offshore plants with collective safety and robustness. Thus it shall be useful as a guidance for system engineering practitioners and system theoretic researchers alike.
Author: Volker Quaschning
By mid-century, renewable energy must cover all of our energy supply if we are to phase out nuclear and successfully stop climate change. Now updated and expanded, the 2nd edition of this textbook covers the full range of renewable energy systems and now also includes such current trends as solar power storage, power-to-gas technologies, and the technology paths needed for a successful and complete energy transition. The topics are treated in a holistic manner, bringing together maths, engineering, climate studies and economics, and enabling readers to gain a broad understanding of renewable energy technologies and their potential.Numerous examples are provided for calculations, and graphics help visualize the various technologies and mathematical methodologies. Understanding Renewable Energy Systems is an ideal companion for students of renewable energy at universities or technical colleges on courses such as renewable energy, electrical engineering, engineering technology, physics, process engineering, building engineering, environment, applied mechanics and mechanical engineering, as well as scientists and engineers in research and industry.
Author: Volker Quaschning
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
This dazzling introductory textbook encompasses the full range of today's important renewable energy technologies. Solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal energy receive balanced treatment with one exciting and informative chapter devoted to each. As well as a complete overview of these state-of-the-art technologies, the chapters provide: clear analysis on their development potentials; an evaluation of the economic aspects involved; concrete guidance for practical implementation; how to reduce your own energy waste. If we do not act now to stop climate change, the consequences will be catastrophic. The current world situation is demonstrated here with the aid of full-colour figures and photographs, data diagrams and simple calculations and results. A multiplicity of impressive examples from countries across the globe show international ‘alternative’ energy in action. With its easy-to-read approach, this is an essential textbook for students on renewable energy courses, also environment and sustainability courses. Planners, operators, financers and consultants will find this an excellent manual for planning and realizing climate protection. Furthermore, this book makes great background reading for energy workers, designers, politicians and journalists, and anyone who is interested in the topic of climate change. Looking for further study? Visit the complimentary website; it hosts many useful related internet sites: www.wiley.com/go/quaschning_renewable
Author: Gavin Bridge, Philippe Le Billon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Oil pulses through our daily lives. It is the plastic we touch, the food we eat, and the way we move. Oil politics in the twentieth century was about the management of abundance, state power, and market growth. The legacy of this age of plenty includes declining conventional oil reserves, volatile prices, climate change, and enduring poverty in many oil-rich countries. The politics of oil are now at a turning point, and its future will not be like its past. In this in-depth primer to one of the world’s most significant industries, authors Gavin Bridge and Philippe Le Billon take a fresh look at the contemporary political economy of oil. Going beyond simple assertions of peak oil and an oil curse, they point to an industry reordered by global shifts in demand toward Asia, growing reliance on unconventional reserves, international commitments to reduce carbon emissions, a growing campaign for fossil fuel divestment, and violent political struggles in many producer states. As a new geopolitics of oil emerges, the need for effective global oil governance becomes imperative. Highlighting the growing influence of civil society and attentive to the efforts of firms and states to craft new institutions, this fully updated second edition identifies the challenges and opportunities to curtail price volatility, curb demand and the growth of dirty oil, decarbonize energy systems, and improve governance in oil-producing countries.
Author: Bob Johnstone
Publisher: Prometheus Books
My vision is that when I fly up and down the state of California I see every available space blanketed with solar.... That is my goal.-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, October 23, 2008We know that the country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century.... We invented solar technology, but we've fallen behind countries like Germany....It is time for America to lead again. -President Barack Obama, February 24, 2009The looming threat of global warming may be the greatest challenge of the present generation. Confronted by the potential of such a massive worldwide calamity, the average citizen often wonders what he or she can do.In this inspiring and optimistic story of a green revolution in the making, veteran science and technology journalist Bob Johnstone shows how the unrelenting efforts of a small band of grassroots activists have discovered ways to make solar a practical retail energy solution. The crucial driver for the adoption of solar energy has not been technology but policy. Focusing on initiatives in Germany, he describes the use of the feed-in tariff as the most successful policy mechanism yet invented to spur on widespread deployment of solar energy.Turning to California, Johnstone reviews the efforts of policy wonks to create new schemes to make solar affordable at the municipal level. Pioneers in both tree-hugging Berkeley and golf-playing Palm Desert have united in common cause, and other towns and cities are planning to follow suit. As with other emerging trends, as California goes so goes the rest of the country.Concluding with a positive view of the future, Johnstone describes the creativity of many startups fueled by venture capital. Innovation is being applied to every part of the process, from silicon production to financing and installation. The details may still be uncertain, but there's no doubt that the solar revolution is underway.Bob Johnstone (Melbourne, Australia) is the author of Brilliant!: Shuji Nakamura and the Revolution in Lighting Technology; We Were Burning: Japanese Entrepreneurs and the Forging of the Electronic Age; and Never Mind the Laptops: Kids, Computers, and the Transformation of Learning. He has also contributed numerous articles on technology to Forbes, Nature, New Scientist, MIT Technology Review, Wired, and the Far Eastern Economic Review.
Author: Claude Turmes
Publisher: Biteback Publishing
The European Union has powerful resources at its disposal to tackle global warming; together, the countries of the EU are global leaders in the use of renewables. Why, then, has there been such slow progress in actually enforcing energy policy changes? Energy Transformation reveals the bitter political battles fought inside EU institutions over the past fifteen years between the architects of energy transition - those who develop solutions against the grave impetus of global warming - and the saboteurs, who infiltrate the highest European levels of decision-making to slow down the system transformation. Claude Turmes, a prominent MEP on environmental issues, explores a field marked equally by progress and setbacks, from the enthusiasm of the early 2000s to the relapse of the post-2008 economic crisis, with each progressive proposal facing corporate lobbying and high-stakes pressure. It is vital - now more than ever - to understand what we, as industrialised nations, should do. This is a fight not only for the economy, but for democracy and the future of the planet. With the ever-accelerating impact of global warming causing irreversible damage, the time to act is now.
Author: Peter Droege
The greatest challenge of our time is to build a world based on the sustainable use of renewable power. Our massive dependence on fossil fuels has upset the very climatic system that made human evolution possible. The global economy and its financial system are in jeopardy, running hot on overtly cheap yet increasingly costly and fast depleting oil. A 100% renewable world is seen by many as an impossible dream in anything but the very long term. But not only do a growing number of initiatives and plans dare to make the change but many have already achieved it.This rich collection presents a series of pioneering efforts and their champions, and the paths to their successes. Ranging from initiatives by individuals to visions for companies, communities and entire countries, it defeats tired economic and technical counter-arguments, showing how the schemes featured not only can and do work but do so economically and with available technology. The book is introduced by incisive writing by Peter Droege, explaining the challenges and framing a roadmap towards a 100% renewable reality.
Author: Nicola Armaroli, Vincenzo Balzani
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
In their book Nicola Armaroli, Vincenzo Balzani and Nick Serpone uncover the background details associated with a transition to sustainable energy production that are routinely swept under the table in public discussions. They are not only concerned with the (alleged) advantages and disadvantages of any one energy generation technology from a technical viewpoint, but also with the ecological, economic, political and social consequences of an inevitable transition. In a highly readable manner aimed at an international audience, the authors introduce the often misused and sometimes abused term 'energy' and give a lucid account of the development of energy production from timber to nuclear energy and renewable energies. They compare various energy generation methods with respect to their efficiency and practicability for large-scale implementation and examine if, and how, these methods live up to the expectations and promises their proponents make. In addition, the authors juxtapose the political and economic prerequisites in different regions of the world that advance, or hinder, an energy turnaround. They round off their book by debunking the seventeen most popular myths often cited in discussions on energy issues. As a result, the authors provide ammunition for debate, underpin (and unsettle) opinions using facts, and challenge comfortable and popular chains of reasoning.
Author: Hermann Scheer
For 200 years industrial civilization has relied on the combustion of abundant and cheap carbon fuels. But continued reliance has had perilous consequences. On the one hand there is the insecurity of relying on the world's most unstable region - the Middle East - compounded by the imminence of peak oil, growing scarcity and mounting prices. On the other, the potentially cataclysmic consequences of continuing to burn fossil fuels, as the evidence of accelerating climate change shows. Yet there is a solution: to make the transition to renewable sources of energy and distributed, decentralized energy generation. It is a model that has been proven, technologically, commercially and politically, as Scheer comprehensively demonstrates here. The alternative of a return to nuclear power - again being widely advocated - he shows to be compromised and illusory. The advantages of renewable energy are so clear and so overwhelming that resistance to them needs diagnosis - which Scheer also provides, showing why and how entrenched interests and one-dimensional structures of thinking oppose the transition, and what must be done to overcome these obstacles. The new book from the award-winning author of THE SOLAR ECONOMY and A SOLAR MANIFESTO demonstrates why the transition to renewable energy is essential and how it can be done.
Author: Nasir El Bassam, Preben Maegaard, Marcia Lawton Schlichting
It is estimated that more than two billion people worldwide lack access to modern energy resources. Renewable energy has the potential to bring power to these many communities and individuals who function off the grid. This book describes the latest advances in distributed and off-grid renewable energy technologies and offers strategies and guidelines for planning and implementation of sustainable, decentralized energy supply. Coverage includes wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass systems planning and integration, economic assessment models and the role of legislative structures. -- Back Cover.