Renewable Energy and Climate Change

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9780470747070: Renewable Energy and Climate Change

This dazzling introductory textbook encompasses the full range of today's important renewable energy technologies.

Solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal energy receive balanced treatment with one exciting and informative chapter devoted to each. As well as a complete overview of these state-of-the-art technologies, the chapters provide:

  • clear analysis on their development potentials;
  • an evaluation of the economic aspects involved;
  • concrete guidance for practical implementation; how to reduce your own energy waste.

If we do not act now to stop climate change, the consequences will be catastrophic. The current world situation is demonstrated here with the aid of full-colour figures and photographs, data diagrams and simple calculations and results. A multiplicity of impressive examples from countries across the globe show international ‘alternative’ energy in action.

With its easy-to-read approach, this is an essential textbook for students on renewable energy courses, also environment and sustainability courses. Planners, operators, financers and consultants will find this an excellent manual for planning and realizing climate protection. Furthermore, this book makes great background reading for energy workers, designers, politicians and journalists, and anyone who is interested in the topic of climate change.

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About the Author:

Professor Volker Quaschning has been a full professor in renewable energy systems at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences since 2004. He has had more than fifteen years experience in the renewable energy sector. He is currently Area Head of Systems Analysis at Plataforma Solar de Almería, a research centre for solar technologies developed in collaboration between CIEMAT (public research institute linked with the Spanish government) and DLR (German aerospace centre).
Professor Quaschning has had more than 100 publications in the renewable energy field, including six textbooks; four in German, one in English and one in Arab.

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