Introducing Renewable Energy is all about renewable energy, and specifically the renewable energy technology for generating electricity. It is designed to give the reader a view of what renewable energy is, how it works and what it can be used for.
Although the book focuses on small scale renewable energy systems, it also covers larger scale systems at a high level. So if you are interested in finding out about energy production in general, about wind farms, or wish to gain some insight into the emerging tidal energy technology, this book will give you an understanding of what is possible with renewable energy, both now and in the near future.
The book includes step-by-step instructions for two small off-grid projects: a simple solar installation and a basic wind turbine configuration. However, it is not intended as a detailed ‘how to’ guide for installing all types of renewable energy system. Renewable energy is a big subject and if you have loftier ambitions than generating a small amount of electricity for your own personal use, it is not possible to pack all the information that you are likely to need into a single book. Instead, read this as an introductory guide on the subject that will give you enough grounding for you to extend your knowledge with more specialised information later on.
Whilst I am a professional renewable energy engineer, I have written this book for the enthusiastic amateur and for university and college students who want an easy-to-follow introduction to the subject. It’s also an introduction for people who are interested in finding out whether they can install their own industrial scale solar or wind farm and wanting to get some basic understanding of what is involved before they call in the professionals.
Once you have read Introducing Renewable Energy, you will have a clear understanding of the different options that exist for small renewable energy projects. If you have a project in mind, it will give you enough information for you to decide what type of renewable energy system is right for you and if all you want is a simple renewable system for generating some of your own personal off-grid energy, it will give you the knowledge to put together a simple system yourself.