This is reflected in the expansion of this second editionfrom 20 to 26 chapters. The most dramatic occurrence was theTsunami which struck Japan in March of and set off a reactorcatastrophe at the nuclear power plants in Fukushima. On In the years since the publication of the first edition of thisbook, the world has undergone drastic changes in terms of energysources. On the otherhand fossil fuel technology drives the climate change to athreatening level.
So, renewable energy sources are essential forthe 21st century. The increasing number of wind power plants, solarcollectors and photovoltaic installations demonstrates perceptiblythat many innovations for tapping renewable energy sources havematured: very few other technologies have developed so dynamicallyin the past years. Nearly all the chapters were written by professionals in therespective fields. That makes this book an especially valuable andreliable source of information. The second edition is extended byseveral new chapters such as tidal power stations, the Desertecproject, thermography of buildings and more.
Furthermore, thecritical debate about current first generation bio-fuels iscarefully reflected, and the book presents promising solutions thatdo not trade in food for fuel. The editors are experienced journalists and illustrate the textwith simple diagrams and information boxes, printed in full-colorthroughout. A valuable resource for applied physicists, engineers in powertechnology, engineers, and anyone interested in naturalsciences.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. The author's conclusions, while perhaps well grounded in discourse analysis, seem insufficient and ineffectually expressed as a kind of linguistic activism. They suggest to change the framing, again the language, the terminology. But how to talk about these issues? The term sustainable energy has already been coopted to describe selected types of renewable energy, or discuss energy efficiency, and Siemens uses sustainable energy to suggest an energy supply combining renewable and conventional energy.
WWS, or Wind, Water and Solar is a term also related as good or green, but do not adequately describe a complete energy policy.
Scenarios for global energy production exclusively utilising WWS are unlikely to produce enough energy to effect equitable and sustainable economic development. Social concepts are often associated to a value good, bad, preferable , perhaps it is the concepts of renewable energy that need to be re-discuss according new shared values. Clean energy is proposed as another misnomer, as every energy source has some negative, or dirty impact regardless of their measured carbon emissions, and clean energy includes pretty much all energy sources other than fossil fuels.
Clean is also used most troublingly to describe natural gas, which is cleaner than coal, but remains a major contributor to global warming-related pollution, and of course clean is now being used to describe coal.
Clean coal is really a contradiction, and an example of industry lobbyists coopting the rhetoric of environmentalism to perpetuate unsustainable, non-renewable energy practices. Also, nuclear energy is low-carbon energy, as it has very low CO2 emissions, yet due to the contentious debate surrounding good and bad energy, and regardless that it is included in many rational assessments of energy policy towards climate change mitigation, nuclear is hardly in the public opinion a good, clean, green, renewable energy.
In conclusion the paper only suggests that because the concept of renewable energy can be misleading, it serves as an incoherent, even questionable frame upon which to base development and energy policy. Again Wittgenstein, am I limiting my world, because of my limited language? Perhaps it is a solution, to radically change the nature of the debate. Yet, the authors acknowledge early on, other frames that reference progressive change, such as corporate social responsibility or sustainability, do not have such an established and accepted meaning across all stakeholders in the debate.
We wonder, if we at least have this one concept we can agree on, changing it out for another term would be unproductive. Extending the debate towards carbon content, whether an energy uses combustion or not may indeed be useful. But talking renewable energy at least, has us thinking about long term life cycles, and the potential damage our energy use and policies have on future generations. The challenges faced by our society are both economic and environmental. Some of them include global warming, pollution, and the rising cost of energy production. Hence, in the present scenario, energy systems are under great pressure to produce clean, less expensive and sufficient energy.
Apart from explaining what is renewable energy, this book also portrays renewable energy as the most feasible source to meet the energy needs of our planet. Jeremy Shere, the writer of this book has expressed that renewable energy is a magical source, capable of meeting our energy needs.
The book throws light over interesting facts about renewable energy resources. It explains why fossil fuel is less efficient and unreliable than renewable sources. The writer basically explains the 5 types of renewable resources including solar , green gas, wind power , hydropower , and geothermal. However, this book is not persuading or forcing the readers to install solar panels at home or increase the wattage.
Rather, it takes readers back into the deep history of renewable energy sources. We have reached a point, where we have to make a clear decision regarding utilization of renewable technologies. The book further explains that the possibilities are simply endless and promising too. In fact, it is one of the best energy books, which not only tells us how renewable energy works but also explains why our future depends on it. The third edition is an expansion of the previous edition, which provides detailed information regarding the major principles of renewable energy resources.
It is one of the authentic books on renewable energy, which discusses the latest advancements in the field of renewable technologies. Besides explaining the new technologies, it also provides an assessment in line with their impact on our society. It offers an in-depth explanation of each technology by taking into view its environmental as well as scientific aspects.
The renewable technologies discussed in this book include photovoltaic, wave, wind, geothermal, solar energy, biofuels, tidal, and hydropower. The book also features a new chapter that relates to the institutional factors, such as economics. Moreover, it also includes additional case studies and worked problems, which allow readers to put theory into practice. At the end of each chapter, the writer indicates the suggested readings and web-based study material.
This helps students and researchers to clarify their concept by further reading some other works. The text is ideal not only for practitioners but students can also take assistance from the content. The book provides a simple and balanced introduction to renewable energy sources by focusing on their impact on science, economics, technologies, and policies. In addition, the book gives the reader an insight that how renewable energy can change our future. The discussed types of renewable technology include geothermal, biofuels, wind, solar power and hydro.
Moreover, it also takes into account the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels and renewable energy. Besides renewable energy, the book throws light on some other topics such as energy storage, energy conservation, energy policy, and energy transmission. This makes it one of the best books on renewable energy. After the publication of the first edition of Renewable Energy: Sustainable Energy Concepts for the Energy Change, the world has seen some major changes with reference to energy sources. The writer explained this particular aspect in this second edition 20 to 26 chapters.
It specifically reminds us about the catastrophic Tsunami of March of , which caused large scale destruction in Japan. This also led to a blast at nuclear power plants in Fukushima. The area around the city is still posing a threat, as the radiation level is too high for humans to survive.