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Retaining the successful format of the first edition and building on its solid grounding in the principles of renewable energy resources, this second edition has been revised in line with the latest advances in the field to include new technologies and an assessment of their impact. Considering each technology in depth from both scientific and environmental perspectives, it covers solar energy, photovoltaic, wind, wave, tidal and hydro power, biofuels, geothermals and more, as well as featuring a new chapter on institutional factors, including economics. In addition, extra worked problems and case studies are also provided to help readers put theory into practice.
Reading and web-based material for further study is indicated after each chapter, making this text ideal, not only for practitioners, but also for students on multi-disciplinary masters degrees in science and engineering as well specialist modules in science and engineering first degrees.
'Twidell and Weir are masters of their subject and join the ranks of acomplished authors who have made a powerful contribution to the field. Renewable Energy Resources is a superb reference work.' - Paul Gipe, www.wind-works.org
'It's ideal for student use - authoritative, compact and comprehensive, with plenty of references out to more detailed texts ... a very valuable book.' - Professor Dave Elliott of the Open University, UK, in Renew 162 2006
'What we need to combat climate change is a stream of students and graduates with the knowledge they can gain from this book ... suitable not only for engineering students but also for policy-makers and all those concerned with energy and the environment.' - Corin Millais (CEO Climate Institute)