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J. Twidell - Renewable Energy Resources

Renewable Energy Resources
By John Twidell

ISBN 9780415633581
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
774 Pages 316 Color Illustrations

Renewable Energy Resources is a numerate and quantitative text. It covers the many renewables technologies implemented worldwide by harnessing sustainable resources, mitigating pollution and climate change, and providing cost effective services.

This fourth edition is extensively updated by John Twidell with global developments as underpinned by fundamental analysis and illustrated by case studies and worked examples. Efficiency of end-use and cost-effectiveness is emphasized. Each chapter begins with fundamental scientific theory, and then considers applications, environmental impact and socio-economic aspects, before concluding with Quick Questions for self-revision, Problems and new Exercises. Basic theory underlying the technologies is covered in succinct Reviews of electrical power, fluid dynamics, heat transfer and solid-state physics. Common symbols and cross-referencing apply throughout; essential data are tabulated in Appendices.

Renewable Energy Resources supports multidisciplinary master’s degrees in science and engineering, and specialist modules at undergraduate level. Practicing scientists and engineers will find it a useful introductory text and reference book.

Table of Contents
1. Principles of renewable energy
2. Solar radiation characteristics and impacts: including the greenhouse effect
3. Solar water heating
4. Other solar thermal applications
5. Photovoltaic (PV) power technology
6. Hydropower
7. Wind resource
8. Wind power technology
9. Biomass resources from photosynthesis
10. Bioenergy technologies
11. Wave power
12. Tidal-current and tidal-range power
13. Ocean gradient energy: OTEC and osmotic power
14. Geothermal energy
15. Energy systems: integration, distribution and storage
16. Solar-buildings and efficient energy use; including transportation, manufacture and homes
17. Institutional and economic factors
Review 1. Electrical power for renewables
Review 2. Essentials of fluid dynamics
Review 3. Heat transfer
Review 4. Solid-state physics for photovoltaics
App A Units and conversions
App B Data and fundamental constants
App C Some heat transfer formulas
Answers to the Exercises at the end of chapters and reviews
Short answers to selected Problems at end of chapters


John Twidell has considerable experience in renewable energy as an academic professor in both the UK and abroad, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervising research students and fellows. He has participated in the extraordinary growth of renewable energy as a researcher, journal editor, board member of wind and solar professional associations, and company director. University positions have been in Scotland, England, Sudan and Fiji. The family home operates with solar heat and electricity, biomass heat, all-electric cars, energy management and a large vegetable garden; the aim is to practice what is preached!

Julie Alexander has been teaching physics for 35 years at the University of Victoria and Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She holds a PhD in climate modeling and has recently developed a one semester course in renewable energy that she teaches to second year mechanical engineering students. After an extensive search for a suitable textbook she chose the third edition of Renewable Energy Resources by John Twidell and Tony Weir. She is looking forward to using the updated fourth edition of this book for her courses in the future. Julie also enjoys competitive rowing and playing the violin.