Renewable and Conventional Electricity Generation Systems: Technologies and Diversity of Energy Systems

  • George Kosmadakis
  • Sotirios Karellas
  • Emmanuel Kakaras
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 23)

Abstract

In this chapter, the primary technical aspects of conventional and renewable energy systems are presented. The description focuses on commercial systems installed across the world, together with a brief introduction to some promising technologies currently under development, such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). Conventional energy systems include power plants using fossil fuels (natural gas, coal, etc.), while renewable energy systems include solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and small-hydropower applications. These technologies are briefly described accompanied by economic figures (installation cost, fuel cost, specific cost of electricity, etc.) and emissions data (where applicable). Some insight on the energy strategy in specific countries is provided and how this can be related to local conditions and electric power requirements.

Keywords

Biomass Combustion Fermentation Steam Diesel 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Kosmadakis
    • 1
  • Sotirios Karellas
    • 2
  • Emmanuel Kakaras
    • 2
  1. 1.Internal Combustion Engines Laboratory, Thermal Engineering Department, School of Mechanical EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensZografouGreece
  2. 2.Laboratory of Steam Boilers and Thermal Plants, Thermal Engineering Department, School of Mechanical EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensZografouGreece

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