Editors: Salah El-Haggar, Sarah Mousa, Mohamed El-Morsi

Sustainable Solar Energy Systems: Challenges and Economics for the Arab World

Personal Book: US $59 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $131
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Library Book: US $236
ISBN: 978-1-68108-298-1
eISBN: 978-1-68108-297-4 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2016
DOI: 10.2174/97816810829741160101

Introduction

The urgency of exploring alternative energy sources, especially in regions so detrimentally affected by current energy practices on environmental, humanitarian and political levels warrants a crucial effort in raising awareness and activism about renewable energy and sustainable development.

Sustainable Solar Energy Systems is a primer on the application of solar energy technology for sustainable development. This handbook starts with an introduction to basic concepts of solar energy, describes the mechanisms and benefits of related technologies, and presents a case study in an Arabian poultry farm. The book also includes details on how to conduct economic feasibility studies of solar power projects. The book is a suitable reference for general readers or students undertaking environmental science or engineering courses with specific modules on solar energy projects. Readers will be able to understand the benefits of solar energy systems in the context of an increasing concern about the use of renewable energy under conditions of global warming and declining fossil fuel reserves.

Preface

This book is unique in that, as far as the authors’ knowledge, it is the only basic comprehensive guide to solar energy and the potential use of solar powered technologies for sustainable development, primarily on a grass-roots level. The book provides an introduction to basic concepts of solar energy, describes the mechanisms and benefits of related technologies, and suggests potential uses on a practical level by examining case studies. Detailed economic feasibility studies are presented in this book to encourage the implementation of sustainable technologies in the field of solar energy and help communities, especially in the Arab world, live a more sustainable life. The focus on the Arab world in this book stems from the noticeable changes in the environmental and political climates there which provide a great opportunity for the harnessing of renewable energy.

This book strikes a balance between simplicity and comprehensiveness in the fact that although no specialty background knowledge is needed to read it yet it offers broad understanding of solar energy and its applications.

The urgency of exploring alternative energy sources, especially in a region so detrimentally affected by current energy practices on environmental, humanitarian and political levels makes this book a crucial element in raising awareness and activism in the field.

Salah El-Haggar
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The American University of Cairo
Egypt

Sarah Mousa
Arab Studies and Development
Founder of Shamsina, Wynantskill, New York
USA

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Mohamed El-Morsi
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The American University of Cairo, Ain Shams University
Egypt

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