- Hardcover: 976 pages
- Publisher: Academic Press; 4 edition (December 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0123750253
- ISBN-13: 978-0123750259
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is written for scholars and research students, going well beyond more popular texts and covering in detail the physics, engineering, environmental impacts and socioeconomics of all renewable energy sources. It includes many hundreds of references…. It is suitable as a textbook at the undergraduate and graduate level for scientists and engineers, and could also be used by economists and planners. For teachers, there are mini projects and exercises after each Part….the text is clear and the units are still SI."--AIE’s EnergyNews, December 2011, Volume 29, No. 4, page 107
"Renewable Energy, 4e by Bent Sorensen has been structured around three parts in order to assist readers in focusing on the issues that impact them the most for a given project or question. PART I covers the basic scientific principles behind all major renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind and biomass. PART II provides in-depth information about how these raw renewable sources can actually be converted into useful forms, transmitted into the grid and stored for future utilization. Finally, PART III undertakes the aspects of energy planning, environmental impacts and socio-economic issues on regional and global levels."--Renewableenergyworld.com
About the Author
Professor Emeritus at the Department of People and Technology, and a professor of physics at the Institute of Mathematics and Physics, both at Roskilde University, Denmark. He is also an independent consultant at Novator Advanced Technology Consulting. Bent Sørensen’s research is cross-disciplinary and has resulted in nearly a thousand scientific articles and some 40 books, including foundation work in economic theory (the scenario method, life-cycle analysis) and in energy research (renewable energy resources, technology and applications).
Dr. Sørensen is one of the world’s leading specialists in renewable energy. He has five decades of experience in researching the field, and has published hundreds of monographs, articles in scientific journals, technical reports, and conference contributions. He has received several awards and has been knighted by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark.
He has worked at universities in Japan, France, Denmark, Australia and the United States (Berkeley and Yale), has been a consultant to governments and international organizations, a lead author in the IPCC climate assessment recipient of several international prizes and honors.
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Secondly I would like to say that perhaps this is one of the best books on the subject of renewable energies that I have seen, and I must say that I have in my shells a quite a decent collection, ranging from elementary to heavily technical ones. So you may wonder why only 4 and not 5 stars, OK, if you are a person well educated in renewable energy, this books gives you a comprehensive review and provides a fast reference at a decent level of the most important alternatives, including a chapter on some challenging issues, such as biological conversion and stores (sic). So from this point of view it s a five stars.
However the author confronts a problem, how to cover such amount of topics in a coherent way?, can the book be adopted as a main reference text book for a course in renewable energy? and the same author gives part of the answer, is quite difficult, as you can read in the preface of the 3rd edition (by the way prefaces of 3rd and 4th are truly important if you want to understand the spirit of the book). So you must have some sort of compromise. This comes from, mainly two aspects, one is that almost each field have its own notation, which creates complexity if you want to put them all together and in a readable form. The second compromise comes from the fact that the author have to chose how deep to go in each subject, and how to do this without a certain bias?.
An example is, for instance, looking to a more unfamiliar topic to me, energy from the ocean waves, his starting point is a general approach that starts from transport equations, but if you search for the specific topic of water waves you can find easier approaches to the power expression for the wave motion. I am talking about teaching, so if you present the formalism from 2.62 to 2.65, knowing the number of assumption, numerical effort and many other considerations to modelling such a thing it can be a little shocking for the students. My comment can be a bit biased by my unfamiliarity with that topic because I don'y have the same feeling with the equivalent description for wind power in chapter 4.
On the very positive side is the consideration of Odum information on many of the accounts for energy flow (in cycles) and is a pity that it does not mention the concept developed by Odum, the emergy with m.
Also another very positive fact is that includes this mini projects, discussion issues and exercises, most of them do not loose validity as new discoveries and technologies come in place, as an example "Discuss the determinism of climate", open question for discussion.
Finally the book ends, with some 20% of the total pages, dedicated to the important issues of energy scenarios (demand-supply), local cases, based mostly on the Danish experience and a bit from Germany, but quite basic scaling and conversions can be used to apply elsewhere, particularly when it shows some of the regional analysis.
The book also gives a good flavor of the economy and its importance in policy driving issues ending with the mandatory tool for energy systems, which is the Life Cycle Analysis, encouraging students to apply it to cases of their own interest, which I believe is the best way to get people involved in a a serious approach to harvesting the energy to boost our future.
Not an easy book but a highly recommendable one.
I'm a Masters-degree level civil engineer who works with the energy field and was interested in what's happening with renewable energy from the engineering, planning, and environmental aspects. However, it's really very necessary that anyone reading or using this book have an advanced degree in physics. The origin of renewable energy on the Earth is the Sun, and a full-blow dissertation on the heat energy manufactured by the sun and reaching the earth is a large portion of the 1st portion of the text. Equations are thrown out that the reader is assumed to be familiar with, and there's no handy identification list of variables to help you figure out what's being referenced if what you are familiar with is slightly different than that presented.
So, while the initial portion of the text could be omitted and the text not really suffer, the coverage of solar energy and the energy cycle on earth is more accessible and very interesting. The technologies section of the book is faily good, but I would have preferred more practical information and less theoretical. I don't need to know the reaction stages of cellulose digestion to produce biogas, only that it happens. I have similar comments on the renewable energy transmission and storage section. The planning sections are fairly detailed and well represented.
Bottom line, like most textbooks I think this relies too much on the theoretical and not enough on the practical. Without a list of variables it is very difficult to follow many of the equations. And the sections on the generation of energy within the sun, to me, don't seem to be necessary for people interested in developing renewable energy sources. But, wading through the heavy theory, there are some useful and/or interesting nuggest of information.
The level of information that Sorenson provides is some of the best that I have yet to encounter on the market. Rather than having to sift through websites and piles of dubious scientific calculations, Sorenson has assembled a guide to renewable energy that gets down to the nuts and bolts of renewable energies performance capabilities. While it's important to clarify that this book is well over a lot of people's heads who aren't physicist or engineers (including mine), it is one of the best desktop references for anyone who works in renewable energy (honestly I enjoy having it just to have an authoritative source to refer to when I am looking over information about renewable energy.
I will say that while the price tag seems a bit steep, you're going to be hard pressed finding this level of information in any one place and you're definitely going to spend at least the cost of the book trying to accumulate information on the wide variety of energy resources that Sorenson discusses.
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When I saw this book was put out by the Academic Press I knew it would be a quality book. It is , however, more for the beginner.Read more