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Advances in Solar Heating and Cooling, ISBN-13: 978-0081003015

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  • Series: Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy (Book 102)
  • 596 pages
  • Publisher: Woodhead Publishing; 1 edition (July 4, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0081003013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0081003015

 

Advances in Solar Heating and Cooling provides an authoritative review of the latest research in solar heating and cooling technologies and applications, providing researchers in academia and industry with an overview of the state-of-the-art techniques now available for buildings.

Advances in Solar Heating and Cooling presents new information on the growing concerns about climate change, the security of energy supplies, and the ongoing interest in replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources.

The amount of energy used for heating and cooling is very significant, estimated, for example, as half of final energy consumption in Europe. Solar thermal installations have the potential to meet a large proportion of the heating and cooling needs of both buildings and industry and the number of solar thermal installations is increasing rapidly. This book provides an authoritative review of the latest research in solar heating and cooling technologies and applications.

Energy and environment are two vital issues for modern society. Fossil fuels including coal, oil, and natural gas are nonrenewable and cannot provide sufficient energy sources for eternal time. In addition, utilization of these traditional energy resources has caused severe environmental problems, including global warming, air pollution, and so on. Global warming is mainly caused by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which raises the global average temperature and sea level. To solve these problems, several negotiations and conferences have been held, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiated in 1992, in which many countries participated. Conferences of the Parties have been held many times in Kyoto, Bali, Copenhagen, and Paris, in which greenhouse gas emission reduction was proposed as an important task in the world. It can be seen that to build a sustainable and green future, both energy resources and the energy-consuming systems should be reconsidered under the modern energy background.

For the energy resources, renewable energy resources including solar energy, wind power, and hydropower are among the best choices. Compared with traditional energy resources, renewable energy resources are abundant and environmentally friendly. Among the different renewable energy resources, solar energy is one of the most attractive options. It is a clean and endless power with wide distribution. In this case, there are numerous researches and businesses about solar energy and solar driven systems.

For energy-consuming systems, the heating and cooling systems take a big proportion of the entire society energy consumption. It could be as high as 30% of the total energy consumption for those developed countries. If China is taken for an example, then the energy consumption for buildings (heating, cooling, hot water supply, lighting, etc.) is greater than 10% of the total energy used. Green and energy-saving heating and cooling systems should be developed.

Considering the merits of renewable energy and high energy consumption of heating/ cooling systems, the adoption of a solar energy-driven system to fulfill the heating and cooling demand is a promising solution for the aforementioned problems. Researchers all over the world have conducted innovative studies in this area. To provide a general guideline and roadmap of the solar heating and cooling systems, related technologies, including solar power, solar heating, solar cooling, solar thermal storage, and some advanced systems, will be introduced in this book.

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