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Renewable Energy : Power for a Sustainable Future [Paperback]

Godfrey Boyle
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11 Mar 2004 0199261784 978-0199261789 2nd
The prospect of producing clean, sustainable power in substantial quantities from renewable energy sources is now arousing interest world-wide, stimulated by recent technological developments that have improved the cost-effectiveness of many of the 'renewables' and by increasing concern over the environmental impact and sustainability of conventional fossil and nuclear fuel use. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the principal renewable energy sources including: · Solar thermal · Photovoltaics · Bioenergy · Hydro · Tidal · Wind · Wave · Geothermal With the aid of over 350 detailed illustrations, more than 50 tables of data and a wide range of case studies it explains, for each source, the underlying physical and technological principles, and examines its environmental impact and future prospects. The overall approach is interdisciplinary, covering the economic, social, environmental and policy issues raised by renewable energy as well as the physical and engineering aspects. The book will therefore appeal strongly to non-specialist readers who wish to improve their understanding of this complex, fascinating and increasingly important subject. New to this Edition - Full colour design - Updated to reflect developments in technology. policy and attitudes - Complemented by a new book on traditional sources of energy, Energy Systems and Sustainability edited by Godfrey Boyle, Bob Everett and Janet Ramage of the Open University

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2nd edition (11 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199261784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199261789
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 20.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is an excellent introductory text which deserves the widest readership'. Book Review 2004.

'This is an outstanding undergraduate textbook which deserves to become the standard text. I can only urge all those who are teaching courses in the field and all students, formal or otherwise, to read and treasure this book'. Professor Robert Hill, Times Higher Education Supplement, review of the first edition of Renewable Energy.

About the Author

Godfrey Boyle is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Design and Innovation and co-director of the Energy and Environment Research Unit at the UK Open University.

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The renewable energy sources, derived principally from the enormous power of the sun's radiation, are at once the most ancient and the most modern forms of energy used by humanity. Read the first page
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative book 8 Aug 2007
This book is used as a study material at the Open University in Energy for a sustainable future course (T206).

The boook won't tell you how to fit a solar panel or a wind turbine on your roof nor how to connect your panels to the battery but it will tell you about various renewable energy sources and its pros and cons. The book looks at the energy needs on local, national and international scale, not on individuals scale. Each chapter also has a large list of references for further information.

There is a lot of calculations present so, you'll be able for example to calculate the area of solar panels required for your needs or prove that off shore wind turbines generate more electricity than on shore ones.

I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in renewable energy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid book - a valuable guide. 16 Feb 2010
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One of my favourite books on renewable energy. A thorough account of every renewable energy form out there, is uses, its benefits and its draw backs. WEll reserached, well written, if anything a little too technical for me in some places but i am a relative newcomer to the subject. Everything is well illustrated and explained.

A very valuable resource to have on your desk. Besides being a bit technical for me in some cases, it is now a little old (2004 i think) and the renewable enery industry is changing all the time. If a new version came out i would buy it again. Immediately.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but lacks technical explanations. 6 Jan 2012
This was the recommended text for my Renewable Energy module.

The book was great at explaining the theory behind many of the topics, and the examples are great.

However, for someone needing a slightly more technical or engineering outlook on some of the issues, further readign will be required.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good general overview, well presented 18 Dec 2008
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This is one of the first books I read on this subject. It's very well presented and written (like most open university materials). It has chapters on most of the important renewable energy technologies. It explains the principles and most important topics in an understanable way. It introduces some of the most important equations, but it's not a long list of mathematical derivations.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not as expected 27 Nov 2013
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This book ordered as part of xmas gift. Dissapointed as it looks more like a second hand book but was not a second hand price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Condition 13 Jun 2013
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Bought the book second hand from Amazon. I have to say i was very surprised at it's condition, It was practically brand new when it arrived and all for under £12! I would highly recommend the book, great for anyone completing a Masters in Energy Sustainability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bible of academical student 2 Jan 2013
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This is a very thick book with lots of material, facts, pictures and explanations. Perfect for the academical student of renewables. All given with background and with great details. International examples provided. I am surprised how old some of these technologies. Perfect for students.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good ref book.
Published 1 month ago by N A O'Brien
3.0 out of 5 stars Pages missing
The contents pages where missing. which is no crack when you buy a text book !!! it makes it very difficult to use.
Published 21 months ago by gary clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job
Good book for learning about commercial scale renewable electric energy production. Don't expect much domestic or micro generation or heat energy related content.
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by D. Keane
4.0 out of 5 stars Renewable Energy
Excellent overview of the renewable energy spectrum. Quite comprehensive with straightforward technical content and good explanatory text. Relatively easy reading.
Published on 18 Jan 2011 by AA
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, easy to read, useful
It is a useful book that covers a wide range of renewable matters.The edition is very good, easy to read (even for me that i am not a native speaker), with lots of pictures and... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by Georgia
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a fantastic book
It's a fantastic book. It gives detailed information on all types of renewable energies. I am sure, you won't find this kind of information on internet at one place.
Published on 10 May 2010 by Green Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
This book is very interesting and gives a lot of important information. Mostly it is readable for people with some scientific knowledge, but some parts require more advanced... Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2009 by Reading Rat
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