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Power Stations Using Locally Available Energy Sources

A Volume in the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology Series, Second Edition

  • Lucien Y. Bronicki
  • One-stop reference to a critical area of sustainability research

  • Overview of locally available energy sources which exploit temperature, chemical, and other gradients

  • Covers the most promising ocean energy resources for practical applications

Reference work

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Lucien Y. Bronicki
    Pages 1-3
  3. John W. Lund
    Pages 5-22
  4. William E. Glassley
    Pages 23-34
  5. Maciej Lukawski, Jefferson W. Tester, Betina Bendall, Barry Goldstein, Gerardo Hiriart, Luis Gutierrez-Negrin et al.
    Pages 35-46
  6. David Nieva, Rosa María Barragán, Víctor Arellano
    Pages 61-78
  7. John T. Finger
    Pages 79-117
  8. Trevor M. Hunt
    Pages 119-139
  9. Trevor M. Hunt
    Pages 141-160
  10. Lucien Y. Bronicki
    Pages 161-268
  11. Subir K. Sanyal
    Pages 269-280
  12. R. Baria, L. Mortimer, G. Beardsmore
    Pages 281-295
  13. Enrique Lima, Hiroyuki Tokita, Hideki Hatanaka
    Pages 327-352
  14. Lucien Y. Bronicki
    Pages 353-370
  15. Lucien Y. Bronicki
    Pages 371-384
  16. Luis Vega
    Pages 385-387

About this book


This volume covers the utilization of geothermal and related energy resources that exploit variations in temperature, chemistry, etc. and require different plant designs and technologies for each location. Extending beyond power plants using geothermal and ocean energy, coverage includes hot dry rock systems, geothermal conditioning, solar ponds, osmotic power, dry air, and potential future deep sea hydrothermal sources. Some technologies have reached the prototype stage, some not even that, but where much work has been invested, it is important to provide a complete picture if only to prevent others from following a dead-end path. For geothermal power plants, the greatest challenge remains the geothermal resource itself. Power conversion is the least uncertain part of a geothermal project, as it consists of a straightforward engineering design with work executed by experienced manufacturers, engineering firms, and contractors. The issues associated with integrating large amounts of ocean energy into the overall supply are also explored.

Collecting more than 20 new articles and updated entries, all peer reviewed, this volume in the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Second Edition, provides an authoritative introduction from exploration techniques to conversion systems for a wide range of locally available energy sources. This comprehensive reference is suitable for those just entering these fields, but also offers new insights for advanced researchers, industry experts, and decision makers.


Geothermal Energy Electricity Generation from Industrial Waste Heat Streams Ocean Energy Organic Rankine Cycle Solar Ponds for Electricity Generation and Desalination Osmotic Power Generation Electricity Generation from Dry Air

Editors and affiliations

  • Lucien Y. Bronicki
    • 1
  1. 1.Ormat Systems LtdYavneIsrael

About the editors

Until recently, Lucien Bronicki was the Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Ormat Technologies Inc. In 1964 he founded, Ormat in Israel and in 1972 he established, with his wife Dita, Ormat in the US.

Before establishing Ormat he worked in the Nuclear Research Center in Saclay (France) on design of a bubble chamber for elementary particle research at CERN, he then joined the National Physical Laboratory of Israel, to develop a solar energy powered turbine.

 He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, a M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Paris and a post graduate degree in Nuclear Engineering from CNAM in Paris. He received the Geothermal Research Council Pioneers Award and PhD Honoris Causa from the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Technion Institute of Technology.

Bronicki has authored or co-authored many professional articles and more than 100 patents on thermodynamic devices, turbines and controls. 

He was a member of the Studies Committee “Energy for Tomorrows World Commission” of the World Energy Council and is a member of the Executive Council of the Weizmann Institute of Science. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, of IEEE, of the International Solar Energy Society, and the Geothermal Research Council.

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