Renewable Energy Systems


Series: Renewable Energy: Research, Development and Policies
BISAC: TEC031010

Renewable energy is contributing significantly to fulfill the continuously increasing energy demand of the world. Research in the field of renewable energy has to play a vital role if the potential of renewable energy is to be fully exploited. This book is intended to explore some recent developments in the field of these renewable energy sources. This book is comprised of four chapters on solar energy, four chapters on wind energy, two chapters on bio energy and two chapters on renewable energy. Chapters on solar energy include the basic concepts of photovoltaic cells, modules, array, modeling PV cell operation under Matlab/Simulink, alternative materials to conventional silicon based solar cells, recent transparent thin film materials and their performance characteristics. Chapters on wind energy present two new methods to predict wind power, a methodological approach for performance evaluation of wind farms, dynamic behavior of a weak hybrid power system and a structural analysis of multi-story vertical axis wind turbines. It also includes the impact of physical properties such as density and viscosity of biodiesels, as well as an investigation of performance of a low heat rejection engine using neem kernel oil and its methyl ester as fuel. A renewable energy conversion and waste heat recovery using organic Rankine cycles and various challenges and opportunities for sustainable development for implementation of renewable energy technologies are described at the end. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Exploring the Fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaic Technology and its Modelling
Amevi Acakpovi, Mathias Bennet Michael, Nana Yaw Asabere, and Japhet Honvo (Electrical/Electronic Engineering Department, Accra Polytechnic, Ghana, and others)

Chapter 2. Emerging Solar PV Technologies: A Paradigm Shift
Sarita Baghel and Nandini Sharma (Physics Department, Shivaji College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, and others)

Chapter 3. Study of Performance Analysis of Modern Materials for Transparent Thin Film Solar Cells
Abhishek S.Oswal, Mahasidha R. Birajdar, Mohammed Hussien Rady, and Sandip A. Kale (Trinity College of Engineering & Research, Pune, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India, and others)

Chapter 4. Performance Evaluation of a Domestic Passive Solar Food Dryer
Collins N. Nwaokocha, Oguntola J. Alamu, Olayinka Adunola, Solomon O. Giwa, and Adeyemi A. Adeala (Mechanical Engineering Department, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ibogun Campus, Nigeria, and others)

Chapter 5. Different Techniques for Prediction of Wind Power Generation
Azim Heydari and Farshid Keynia (Young Researchers and Elite Club, Kerman Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kerman, Iran, and others)

Chapter 6. Performance Evaluation of Wind Farm Clusters – A Methodological Approach
Rajakumar D.G., Nagesha N. and Mallikarjune Gowda M.C. (Mechanical Engineering Department, Visvesvaraya Technological University, India, and others)

Chapter 7. Dynamic Analysis of a Weak Grid Supplied from Diesel and Wind Generator
A. N. Safacas and E. C. Tsimplostephanakis (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electromechanical Energy Conversion Laboratory, University of Patras, Greece)

Chapter 8. Structural Analysis of Multistorey Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Using Finite Element Method
Abhijeet M Malge and Prashant M Pawar (Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT Academy of Engineering, Pune, India, and others)

Chapter 9. Physical Properties of Biodiesel: Density and Viscosity
Narayan Gaonkar and R. G. Vaidya (Department of Physics, University College of Science, Tumkur University, Tumkur, India, and others)

Chapter 10. Investigation on a Low Heat Rejection Engine using Neem Kernel Oil and its Methyl Ester as Fuel
Basavaraj M Shrigiri, Omprakash D Hebbal, and K Hema Chandra Reddy (JNT University Anantapur, Andra Pradesh, India, and others)

Chapter 11. Renewable Energy Conversion and Waste Heat Recovery Using Organic Rankine Cycle
Alberto Benato, Anna Stoppato and Alberto Mirandola (Giorgio Levi Cases Interdepartmental Centre for Energy Economics and Technology, University of Padova, Italy, and others)

Chapter 12. Renewable Energy Technologies in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development
Sunday O. Oyedepio and P.O. Babalola (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria)


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