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Renewable Energy System Design

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The limitation of fossil fuels has challenged scientists and engineers to search for alternative energy resources that can meet future energy demand. Renewable Energy System Design is a valuable reference focusing on engineering, design, and operating principles that engineers can follow in order to successfully design more robust and efficient renewable energy systems. Written by Dr. Ziyad Salameh, an expert with over thirty years of teaching, research, and design experience, Renewable Energy System Design provides readers with the "nuts and bolts" of photovoltaic, wind energy, and hybrid wind/PV systems. It explores renewable energy storage devices with an emphasis on batteries and fuel cells and emerging sustainable technologies like biomass, geothermal power, ocean thermal energy conversion, solar thermal, and satellite power. Renewable Energy System Design is a must-have resource that provides engineers and students with a comprehensive yet practical guide to the characteristics, principles of operation, and power potential of the most prevalent renewable energy systems.



  • Explains and demonstrates design and operating principles for solar, wind, hybrid and emerging systems with diagrams and examples
  • Utilizes case studies to help engineers anticipate and overcome common design challenges
  • Explores renewable energy storage methods particularly batteries and fuel cells and emerging renewable technologies

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Preface
  6. Chapter 1: Factors Promoting Renewable Energy Applications
    1. Abstract
    2. 1.1 Introduction
    3. 1.2 US and world energy usage for electricity generation
    4. 1.3 Factors affecting the application and use of alternative energy sources
    5. 1.4 Global warming and renewable energy use
    6. 1.5 Conclusion
  7. Chapter 2: Photovoltaic
    1. Abstract
    2. 2.1 Introduction
    3. 2.2 Solar radiation characteristics
    4. 2.3 Photovoltaic conversion
    5. 2.4 Performance evaluation of PV cells, modules, panels, and arrays
    6. 2.5 Connections of photovoltaic devices
    7. 2.6 Optimization of photovoltaic arrays
    8. 2.7 Photovoltaic systems
    9. 2.8 Applications of photovoltaics
    10. 2.9 Utility interconnection issues and requirements
  8. Chapter 3: Wind Energy Conversion Systems
    1. Abstract
    2. 3.1 Introduction
    3. 3.2 The characteristics of wind
    4. 3.3 The aerodynamic theory of windmills
    5. 3.4 Wind power profile
    6. 3.5 Basic elements of the WECS
    7. 3.6 WECS schemes for generating electricity
    8. 3.7 Siting and sizing of WECS
    9. 3.8 Wind turbine site matching
    10. 3.9 Applications for wecs
    11. 3.10 Levels of wind power generation in utility grid systems
    12. 3.11 Future expectation of wecs
    13. 3.12 A hybrid wind and PV energy conversion system
  9. Chapter 4: Energy Storage
    1. Abstract
    2. 4.1 Battery technology
    3. 4.2 Fuel cells
    4. 4.3 Compressed air energy storage
    5. 4.4 Flywheel Storage
    6. 4.5 Hydropower
    7. 4.6 Supercapacitors (Ultracapacitors)
    8. 4.7 Superconducting magnetic energy storage
  10. Chapter 5: Emerging Renewable Energy Sources
    1. Abstract
    2. 5.1 Ocean thermal energy conversion
    3. 5.2 Tidal energy
    4. 5.3 Wave power generation systems
    5. 5.4 Geothermal energy systems
    6. 5.5 Biomass energy systems
    7. 5.6 Solar thermal energy conversion systems
    8. 5.7 Microturbines
    9. 5.8 Satellite power systems
  11. Index