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Alternative Energy Systems and Applications

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ISBN-13: 978-0470142509
ISBN-10: 0470142502
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (April 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470142502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470142509
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This text covers a broad range of renewable energy technologies. It does require, however, prerequisite knowledge of fluid mechanics. This disclaimer is made clear at the very beginning of the text, so if you do not have such foundational knowledge in fluid mechanics, it will be very difficult to understand and appreciate the application of this knowledge to the technologies that are discussed in this book. In my opinion, one consistent problem in this text that I found difficult to deal with is that the variables that are captured as part of a formula are not clearly defined immediately after the presentation of the formula to the reader. In general, the variables in these formulas are not defined until several pages after the formula is introduced. For example, once equations (7-3) and (7-4) are introduced to the reader in Chapter 7, the variables cp and Tave are not defined immediately after these two formulas are introduced to the reader for the first time in this Chapter. In addition, the figure that I believe is intended to highlight these two formulas does not disclose the meaning of these two variables. It is not until two pages later that the meaning the variable Tave is clearly defined. However, the variable cp still remains to be defined. In my opinion, this book would be much easier to read if the variables that are introduced in a formual for the first time are clearly defined immediately or very shortly after the formula is introduced to the reader. Another issue that I found with the text is that the exercise problems at the end of some chapters, like Chapter 2, for example, are missing critical information in order to solve the problems, such as the numerical values of the angles in Problem 3 at the end of Chapter 2.Read more ›
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This is an introduction to energy. The chapters are fairly broad and the examples are not very detailed. There are many errors if you don't pay enough attention. It's good for reference, but don't expect the book to help you with too many examples.
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This book is a mixed bag. Some chapters are better than others. It provides very concise introductions to a wide range of energy technologies (hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, nuclear, biomass, ocean thermal, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wave power, etc.) The problem is that no single author can be an expert on all the topics covered. The author is a Mechanical Engineering professor, and it is clear that is where his strengths are. Some chapters, like the ones covering nuclear and biofuels, are very superficial. The book could be made stronger by having multiple authors having expertise covering the range of topics.

The book is suitable as a textbook for an undergraduate elective course or introductory graduate course, but the instructor will need to supplement the weak parts of the text. It is good for understanding the very basics of how different energy conversion systems work.
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Excellent textbook for college students that want to start discovering energy conversion systems. Many practical examples showing applications of renewable energy, particularly solar and wind. The instructors' supporting manual of this book is excellent. I would recommend this book to all college instructors teaching electrical energy courses.
Zdzislaw Jan Bochynski
Adjunct Professor at NYU
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It is a very good book. It has some typos and some mistakes. Some areas needs more work such as Turbomachinery but in general it is the best book in Energy Solutions (power plants other than fossil fuels) in the market. I definitely recommend this book.
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