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Renewable Energy Systems Design provides engineers and students with a comprehensive yet practical guide to the characteristics, principles of operation, and power potential of the most dominant renewable energy systems. Written by an expert with over 40 years of teaching, research, and design experience, this pragmatic reference focuses directly on the engineering and design of alternative energy systems, eschewing discussions of policy and social issues and avoiding math-heavy treatments of underlying scientific background. With the targeted information in this book, readers can thoroughly familiarize themselves with the "nuts and bolts" of photovoltaic, wind energy, and hybrid wind/PV systems. They will also find detailed coverage of renewable energy storage devices, with special emphasis on batteries and fuel cells. Finally, the most interesting emerging renewable energy technologies are examined, including biomass, wave, tidal and geothermal power, ocean thermal energy conversion, solar thermal and satellite power, as well as micro turbines. This guide's unique design orientation sets it apart from other books on the market that provide an overview of renewable energy, but do not delve into the nitty-gritty of how to develop an efficient, successful renewable energy system from the ground up. * Design principles for PV, Wind, Hybrid and Emerging systems are clearly explained and demonstrated with hundreds of diagrams and examples * Case studies are geared to help engineers anticipate and overcome common design challenges * Over 100 pages dedicated to clarifying the latest technological breakthroughs