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Switching to Renewable Power: A Framework for the 21st Century

Switching to Renewable Power: A Framework for the 21st Century

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ISBN: 9781844072415    Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Year of publishing: 2005     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 286        
Renewable energy has enjoyed relatively good - and sometimes extraordinary - growth in recent years, in particular photovoltaics and wind; but it will be difficult to sustain such rates of diffusion on a global...Read more
Renewable energy has enjoyed relatively good - and sometimes extraordinary - growth in recent years, in particular photovoltaics and wind; but it will be difficult to sustain such rates of diffusion on a global basis. A more complete transition to renewable energy is required on a demanding timescale set by climate change and fossil fuel depletion. This book analyses strategies for promoting renewable energy within the context of a rapid energy transition, using case studies from different countries over the past 30 years. Having described the global context in detail, covering oil and gas depletion, climate change, third world development and the potential for renewable energy, the authors evaluate support mechanisms at national and international levels, offering readers a clear understanding of the regulatory framework and an opportunity to promote renewable energy effectively. This book offers energy policy makers, renewable energy professionals, energy consultants and students a platform for development and an invaluable research text.
Contributing authors include: Jorg Schindler and Werner Zittel, Ludwig Bohlkow-Systemtechnik, Germany; Ian Rowlands, University of Waterloo, Canada; Giulio Volpi, WWF Europe; Kristian Hvitfelt Nielsen, Aarhus University, Denmark; Staffan Jacobsson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; Peter Connor, University of Warwick, UK; Ole Langniss, Centre of Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany; Ryan Wiser, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US; David Elliott, The Open University, UK; and, Frede Hvelplund, Aalborg University, Denmark.
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About the author:
Volkmar Lauber (ed) is professor of political science at the University of Salzburg, Austria

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Review:
Editor Lauber offers a very useful guide to policy makers who must write the rules concerning renewable power projects. The book emphasizes wind projects as they are the most important in the near...Read more
Editor Lauber offers a very useful guide to policy makers who must write the rules concerning renewable power projects. The book emphasizes wind projects as they are the most important in the near term. Although technically the problem of producing wind-generated electrical power in commercial quantities is solved, there are several ways to achieve optimal social results. the Individual chapter authors are experts from many countries and their combined international expertise is invaluable. The problem is in seeking a balance between the producer, financers, governmental agencies, consumers, and existing power-supplying infrastructure. Many charts, graphs, and an extensive bibliography plus a notes section follow each chapter. For all students of the energy field. Summing Up: highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates; graduate students; faculty; professionals; two-year technical program students."--J. C. Comer, emeritus, Northern Illinois University in CHOICE
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