Renewable Energy: A First Course (Paperback)Robert Ehrlich (author)
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Renewable energy has great significance for the world's future, given the environmental issues related to energy generation and energy's importance in our society. Making wise energy choices is not easy, however. It involves balanced consideration of economic, environmental, technical, political, and other perspectives to weigh the relative costs and benefits for a host of possible technologies. Renewable Energy: A First Course is an accessible textbook for science and engineering students who want a well-balanced introduction to the science, technologies, economics, and policies related to energy choices.
How Does Renewable Energy Work? Science, Technologies, Economics, and Key Policy Issues
The book delves into all forms of renewable energy, from biofuels and geothermal energy to wind, hydro, and solar power. It also discusses nuclear power and fossil fuels, allowing readers to compare and evaluate the advantages and shortcomings of renewable energy. In addition, the book explores four overarching topics that go beyond a specific type of energy, namely, energy conservation, energy storage, energy transmission, and energy policy, and examines the important issue of climate change.
A Broad Introduction for Science and Engineering Students
Requiring only a basic background in physics and calculus, the book avoids technical jargon and advanced mathematical approaches to focus on the basic principles of renewable energy. Throughout, a wealth of illustrations and real-world examples make the concepts more concrete. Designed for a one- or two-semester course, this book takes a broad approach that addresses the need for diversity in any nation's energy portfolio.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 1276 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 28 mm
"This book can help you understand and communicate about topics involving physics of renewable energy. Many good features occupy the over-400 pages of this book. Most importantly, Ehrlich places renewable energy technologies within a context that makes sense for environmental professionals. ... deserves a place on the bookshelf of people working on energy projects ..."
-John H. Perkins, Environmental Practice, December 2013
"Professor Ehrlich has succeeded in writing a clear, relevant and well-organized book that is very close to a perfect fit for the kind of course I want to teach. This text provides a nice balance between discussing the applied physical principles in energy production and describing state-of-the art technology in the energy field. The text is very clear and readable, and I found the problem sets to be excellent learning tools."
-Professor John Smedley, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, USA
"Ehrlich's readable style with humorous touches keeps the reader engaged. I can see this book as being a well-thumbed text by a wide spectrum of science students and others involved in learning about the central importance of energy security for societies. I strongly recommend Renewable Energy: A First Course for advanced level or introductory level graduate students and teachers or lecturers of these courses."
-Alexander Waller, CBiol MSB
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