Sources of Energy -
A unique electrical engineering approach to
alternative sources of energy.
Unlike other books that deal with alternative sources of energy from a
mechanical point of view, Integration of Alternative Sources of Energy takes
an electrical engineering perspective.
Moreover, the authors examine the full spectrum
of alternative and renewable energy with the goal of developing viable methods
of integrating energy sources and storage efficiently.
Readers become thoroughly conversant with the
principles, possibilities, and limits of alternative and renewable energy.
The book begins with a general
introduction and then reviews principles of thermodynamics. Next, the authors
explore both common and up-and-coming alternative energy sources, including
hydro, wind, solar, photovoltaic, thermosolar, fuel cells, and biomass.
Following that are discussions of microturbines
and induction generators, as well as a special chapter dedicated to energy
After setting forth the
fundamentals, the authors focus on how to integrate the various energy sources
for electrical power production.
Discussions related to system
operation, maintenance, and management, as well as standards for
interconnection, are also set forth.
Throughout the book, diagrams are provided to demonstrate the electrical
operation of all the systems that are presented. In addition, extensive use of
examples helps readers better grasp how integration of alternative energy
sources can be accomplished.
The final chapter gives readers the opportunity to learn about the HOMER
Micropower Optimization Model.
This computer model, developed by the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), assists in the design of micropower systems
and facilitates comparisons of power generation techniques. Readers can download
the software from the NREL Web site.
This book is a must-read for engineers, consultants, regulators, and
environmentalists involved in energy production and delivery, helping them
evaluate alternative energy sources and integrate them into an efficient energy
It is also a superior textbook for
upper-level undergraduates and graduate students.