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The Power of Design: Product Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies Hardcover – 30 Oct 2012


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This book, although it focuses on Sustainable EnergyTechnologies, brings forth  a good step–by–step analysis ofthe design process methodology that can be applied to any area ofdesign . . . The Power of Design is an introduction to productinnovation and contains key topics necessary for the design ofsustainable and energy–efficient products using sustainable energytechnologies . . . Although targeted towards universityundergraduates and postgrads, I find this a practical guide fordesigners in the field as well.  (EDN.com, 5 May2013)

The Power of Design should have wide acceptance as theauthors present images of an alternative future that is bothachievable and desirable. The future maybe is already here will bea valuable addition to the libraries of medical schools that haveadded evolutionary biology to their curricula.  (Energy Technology, 17 July 2013)

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The Power of Design offers an introduction and apractical guide to product innovation, integrating the key topicsthat are necessary for the design of sustainable andenergy–efficient products using sustainable energytechnologies.

Product innovation in sustainable energy technologies is aninterdisciplinary field. In response to its growing importance andthe need for an integrated view on the development of solutions,this text addresses the functional principles of various energytechnologies next to the latest design processes and innovationmethods.

From the perspective of product applications, the book providesclear explanations of technologies that are significant for productintegration, such as batteries, photovoltaic solar energy, fuelcells, small wind turbines, human power, energy saving lighting,thermal energy technologies in buildings, and piezoelectric energyconversions. The design processes and innovation methods presentedin this book include various approaches ranging from technical,societal and creative methods that can be applied in differentstages of the design process. 

Other features include: 

  • a methodological approach, enabling readers to easily apply thetheory to their research projects and to the actual design ofsustainable products with energy technologies
  • discussion on interaction design and smart gridinterventions
  • colour photographs that illustrate the final products
  • numerous case studies of product development projects andconcepts in practice, enabling readers to understand and designenergy–efficient products in several different markets
  • a companion website containing useful information about thecases and an additional design cases with sustainable energytechnologies 

The Power of Design provides a comprehensive andvisually–appealing opening into the subject for third and fourthyear students, postgraduates, and professionals in the areas ofenergy, environment, product design and engineering.

 


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