Renewable Energy: Economics, Emerging Technologies and Global Practices

Andreas Poullikka (Editor)
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Series: Renewable Energy: Research, Development and Policies, Energy Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: TEC031010

Climate change and foreseen high fuel prices play an important role in the development of alternative energy sources. Renewable energy concerns the sources, which are not expected to be depleted in a time frame relevant to the human race. This new and important edited volume gathers the latest research from around the globe in the study of renewable energy sources and highlights such topics as economics, emerging technologies and global practices including energy policies. It provides an insight into the current trends in the field of renewable energy, which are expected to play an important role in future sustainable energy systems. It is not by any means exhaustive, nor is it intended to be, but provides an overview of current research advancements in the field. This edited volume can serve as a reference text for researchers in the field of sustainable energy systems including energy economics, energy planners, electric utility managers, energy regulators, consultants, policy makers and economists. (Imprint: Nova)

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Table of Contents

Preface pp. i-xi

Chapter 1. What Lessons Have Been Learned from Renewable Energy Policy and R&D Activities Failures in Japan
(Sawako Shigeto, Associate Fellow, Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Tokyo, Japan)pp. 1-14

Chapter 2. Supporting Decision Makers in Assessing Environmental Policy Instruments
(Charikleia Karakosta, Vangelis Marinakis and John Psarras,
National Technical University of Athens, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Management & Decision Support Systems Laboratory (EPU-NTUA), Athens, Greece)pp. 15-24

Chapter 3. Energy Mix, Intermittency of Renewables and the Electricity Export Drivers
(António Cardoso Marques and José Alberto Fuinhas, NECE, University of Beira Interior, Management and Economics Department, Covilhã, Portugal)pp. 25-44

Chapter 4. Hydrogen Based Energy Storage
(Karsten Müller and Wolfgang Arlt, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Chair of Separation Science and Technology, Bavaria, Germany)pp. 45-60

Chapter 5. Green Nanotechnology for Renewable Energy
(Kelvii Wei Guo, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong)pp. 61-90

Chapter 6. Stochastic Solutions for the Unit Commitment of Power Systems with Wind Power Generation
(Irina Ciornei and Elias Kyriakides, KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus)pp. 91-110

Chapter 7. Evaluation Methodologies and Input Data for Offshore Wind Power Plant Topology Assessment
(A. Madariaga, I. Zamora, J.L. Martin, I. Martinez de Alegria and S. Ceballos, University of Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain, and others)pp. 111-162

Chapter 8. Exploitation of Olive Solid Waste for Energy Purposes
(Paris A. Fokaides and Polycarpos Polycarpou, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Frederick University, Cyprus, and others)pp. 163-178

Chapter 9. Electrification of Rural Areas using Renewable Energy Sources: Review of Best Practices Around the World
(Antonios Tsikalakis and Terpsihori Tzouliadaki, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Estavromenos Area, Crete, Greece)pp. 179-246

Chapter 10. Technical, Economic and Mitigation Performance of Small-scale (≤1 kW<sub>e</sub>) Hydroelectric and Photovoltaic Water Pumping Systems Relative to Network Electricity in Rural Areas in the Southwest of Western Australia
(Mark P. McHenry, School of Engineering and Energy, Murdoch University, Western Australia)pp. 247-266

Chapter 11. Modeling the Carbonization Process to Develop a Cost-effective, Smokeless, Continuous, Down-draft Rice Husk Carbonizer Suitable for Rice Growing Regions
(R.F. Orge, M.P. McHenry, and R.L. de Leon, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Philippines, and others)pp. 267-280

Index pp. 281-294

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