In the years since the publication of the first edition of this
book, the world has undergone drastic changes in terms of energy
sources. This is reflected in the expansion of this second edition
from 20 to 26 chapters. The most dramatic occurrence was the
Tsunami which struck Japan in March of 2011 and set off a reactor
catastrophe at the nuclear power plants in Fukushima. On the other
hand fossil fuel technology drives the climate change to a
threatening level. So, renewable energy sources are essential for
the 21st century. The increasing number of wind power plants, solar
collectors and photovoltaic installations demonstrates perceptibly
that many innovations for tapping renewable energy sources have
matured: very few other technologies have developed so dynamically
in the past years.Nearly all the chapters were written by
professionals in the respective fields. That makes this book an
especially valuable and reliable source of information. The second
edition is extended by several new chapters such as tidal power
stations, the Desertec project, thermography of buildings and more.
Furthermore, the critical debate about current first generation
bio-fuels is carefully reflected, and the book presents promising
solutions that do not trade in food for fuel.
The editors are experienced journalists and illustrate the text
with simple diagrams and information boxes, printed in full-color
A valuable resource for applied physicists, engineers in power
technology, engineers, and anyone interested in natural
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