Energy is the hottest topic of concern in the world today. Fast receding stocks of conventional resources impelled governments worldwide to include renewable energy sources in their energy programmes. Newer, non-conventional methods need to be developed before the conventional stocks are totally exhausted. More and more universities in India are including the studies on renewable, non-conventional resources in their curricula in the 4th year of their BE/BTech (Mechanical) programmes.
This book caters to such courses as a full-fledged textbook. It covers a wide range of topics from the origin of all energy sources, their manifestation, availability, resource assessment to science and technology of renewable energy conversion processes. Every chapter enunciates its learning objectives before beginning the discussion and offers insightful questions in the end.
Renewable energy is going to be a very important part of the whole energy chain and its know-how will be essential at various levels of education, especially in science and engineering. Considering this fact, this book will also serve as a knowledge compendium for the seekers in renewal energy sources and technology.
• Energy Situation and Renewable Energy Sources • Solar Radiation • Solar Collectors • Low-Temperature Applications of Solar Energy • Heat Pump and Solar Refrigerator • Passive Space Conditioning • Concentrating Collectors • Solar Thermal Power Plants • Solar Photovoltaics • Wind Energy • Wind Energy Converters • Biomass and Conversion of Energy • Hydrogen Energy & Fuel Cells