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The solution to our current energy dilemma will contain features ofboth alternate energy sources and alternate use of existing energysources. In order to help engineers find this solution, AlternativeEnergy Systems covers a wide range of concepts. They will examine areasinvolving reat turbomachine and solar energy, CHP applications, andadditional alternate energy concepts. All chapters focus on first-orderengineering calculations. Alternate energy topics are also equated totopics related to renewable energy resources. Engineers will learn howto apply these concepts to find new solutions.

Table of Contents

Energy in the United Statesp. 1
Energy and Powerp. 1
Energy Usage and Standard of Livingp. 1
A Historical Perspective of Energy Usage in the United Statesp. 3
United States Energy Usage in 2007p. 6
Worldwide Energy Usep. 12
Efficienciesp. 13
Closurep. 15
Review Questionsp. 15
Referencesp. 15
Fundamentals of Turbomachineryp. 16
Definition of a Turbomachinep. 16
Turbomachine Classificationsp. 16
Turbomachine Analysisp. 17
Example Problemsp. 22
Closurep. 27
Review Questionsp. 27
Exercisesp. 28
Referencesp. 29
Hydropowerp. 30
Introductionp. 30
Examples of Hydroelectric Damsp. 31
Hydraulic Analysisp. 33
Turbine Specific Speed Considerationsp. 38
Energy Transfer in Turbinesp. 43
Closurep. 52
Review Questionsp. 52
Exercisesp. 53
Referencesp. 55
Wind Energyp. 56
Introductionp. 56
Fundamental Conceptsp. 59
Wind Energy Resourcesp. 66
Wind Turbine Operationp. 73
Commercial Wind Turbine Examplesp. 80
Closurep. 84
Review Questionsp. 85
Exercisesp. 85
Referencesp. 87
Combustion Turbinesp. 88
Introductionp. 88
The Combustion Turbinep. 88
The Air-Standard Brayton Cyclep. 91
Actual Gas Turbine Cycle Analysisp. 92
Combustion Turbine Cycle Variationsp. 102
Examples of Commercially Available Combustion Turbinesp. 104
Closurep. 111
Review Questionsp. 111
Exercisesp. 112
Referencesp. 113
Websitesp. 113
Solar Energy Fundamentalsp. 114
Introductionp. 114
Radiation Heat Transfer Reviewp. 114
Sun Path Description and Calculationp. 129
Sun Path Development Using Mathcadp. 134
The Solar Energy Databasep. 141
Closurep. 144
Review Questionsp. 144
Exercisesp. 145
Referencesp. 148
Active Solar Thermal Applicationsp. 149
Introductionp. 149
Flat-Plate Collector Fundamentalsp. 153
Solar Collector and Weather Datap. 159
The f-Chart Methodp. 167
Other Solar Thermal Systemsp. 174
Closurep. 175
Review Questionsp. 176
Exercisesp. 176
Referencesp. 178
Appendix Ap. 179
Passive Solar Energyp. 191
Fundamental Concepts of Passive Solar Energyp. 191
Quantifying Passive Solar Featuresp. 197
The First-Level Method or Rules of Thumbp. 200
The Second-Level Method (LCR Method)p. 202
Daylightingp. 203
Passive Solar Softwarep. 205
Closurep. 206
Review Questionsp. 207
Exercisesp. 207
Referencesp. 208
Appendix Ap. 209
Photovoltaic Systemsp. 225
Introductionp. 225
Photovoltaic Cell Fundamentalsp. 226
Photovoltaic Componentsp. 233
Photovoltaic Systemsp. 241
Closurep. 246
Review Questionsp. 247
Exercisesp. 247
Referencesp. 248
Fuel Cellsp. 249
Introductionp. 249
Fuel Cell Fundamentalsp. 249
Fuel Cell Thermodynamics Fundamentalsp. 252
Fuel Cell Typesp. 258
Fuel Cell Availabilityp. 264
Closurep. 266
Review Questionsp. 267
Exercisesp. 267
Referencesp. 268
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systemsp. 269
Introductionp. 269
CHP System Fundamentalsp. 272
CHP System Economics and Operationp. 277
Economic Assessment of CHP Suitabilityp. 283
CHP System Examplep. 288
Closurep. 292
Review Questionsp. 293
Exercisesp. 293
Referencesp. 295
Biomassp. 296
Introductionp. 296
Biomass Availabilityp. 298
Biomass Fundamentalsp. 300
Biomass Characteristicsp. 302
Biomass Based Fuels and Productsp. 304
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)p. 319
Closurep. 326
Review Questionsp. 327
Exercisesp. 328
Referencesp. 328
Websitesp. 329
Geothermal Energyp. 330
Introductionp. 330
Geothermal Resourcesp. 332
Geothermal Energy Systemsp. 335
Geothermal Examplesp. 348
Ground-Source Heat Pumpsp. 350
Closurep. 355
Review Questionsp. 355
Exercisesp. 356
Referencesp. 356
Websitesp. 357
Ocean Energyp. 358
Introductionp. 358
Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)p. 358
Tidal Energyp. 370
Wave Energyp. 376
Closurep. 380
Review Questionsp. 380
Exercisesp. 381
Referencesp. 381
Websitesp. 382
Nuclear Energyp. 383
Introductionp. 383
Fundamentals of Nuclear Energyp. 384
Nuclear Powerp. 390
Fusion Powerp. 404
Closurep. 410
Review Questionsp. 410
Exercisesp. 411
Referencesp. 411
Websitesp. 412
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