Introduction to Renewable Energy for Engineers is intended for beginning engineering students and students in other fields of study who want to learn the fundamental engineering principles of renewable energy. The primary focus of this book is the application of renewable energy to electrical power generation. As each renewable energy techlogy is explained, the student is shown how to do a basic energy analysis of the corresponding power-generation system. Following an introductory chapter that covers the main types of renewable energy, the basics of energy and power calculations, and the fundamental ecomics of renewable energy systems, the book devotes a separate chapter to each renewable energy type: solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, marine, and biomass.
Kirk D. Hagen is a professor of engineering at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he has taught since 1993. He did his undergraduate work in physics and earned his PhD in mechanical engineering at the University of Utah. His areas of specialization are thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Introduction to Renewable Energy for Engineers is his fourth book. He is also the author of Heat Transfer with Applications, Heat Transfer Solutions: Worked Problems to Supplement a First Course in Engineering Heat Transfer, andIntroduction to Engineering Analysis.