Handbook of energy efficiency and renewable energy

This volume provides a thorough grounding in the analytic techniques and technological developments that underpin renewable energy use and environmental protection. The handbook emphasizes the engineering aspects of energy conservation and renewable energy, taking a world view. It discusses key topics in energy efficiency and renewable energy systems and provides content at the forefront of the contemporary debate about energy and environmental futures. This is vital information for planning a secure energy future. The book covers technologies currently available or expected to be ready for implementation in the near future and covers current and future world-wide energy issues, exploring energy policies and incentives for conservation and renewable energy, covers economic assessment methods for conservation and generation technologies, and discusses the environmental costs of various energy generation technologies. The book goes on to examine distributed generation and demand side management procedures and gives a perspective on the efficiencies, economics, and environmental costs of fossil and nuclear technologies. Highlighting energy conservation as the cornerstone of a successful national energy strategy, the book covers energy management strategies for industry and buildings, HVAC controls, co-generation, and advances in specific technologies such as motors, lighting, appliances, and heat pumps. It explores energy storage and generation from renewable sources and underlines the role of infrastructure security and risk analysis in planning future energy transmission and storage systems.

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