This book examines the key aspects that will define future sustainable energy systems: energy supply, energy storage, security and limited environmental impacts. It clearly explains the need for an integrated engineering approach to sustainable energies, based on mathematical, biogeophysical, and engineering arguments. Resilient and efficient alternatives are compared to non-sustainable options. This book results from the collaboration of 50 international contributors.

chapter 1|8 pages


ByEduardo Rincón-Mejía, Alejandro de las Heras, Marina Islas-Espinoza

chapter 2|20 pages

Solar and Geothermal Energies Are Sustainable; Nuclear Power Is Not

ByAlejandro de las Heras, Eduardo Rincón-Mejía, Behrooz Sani, Marina Islas-Espinoza

chapter 3|16 pages

Renewables—The Politics and Economics Behind Them *

ByAndrea Leon-Grossmann

chapter 4|18 pages

The Constructal Design Applied to Renewable Energy Systems

ByElizaldo D. dos Santos, Liércio A. Isoldi, Mateus das N. Gomes, Luiz A. O. Rocha

chapter 6|6 pages

Next Developments in Solar Thermal Technologies

ByValeriano Ruiz-Hernández

chapter 8|19 pages

Absorption Thermodynamic Cycles

Advanced Cycles Based on Ammonia/Salt
ByAntonio Lecuona-Neumann, Pedro A. Rodríguez-Aumente, Mathieu Legrand, Antonio Famiglietti

chapter 9|12 pages

Hybrid Solar and Geothermal Heating and Cooling

ByBernd Weber

chapter 10|20 pages

Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Solar Applications

ByAran Solé, Alvaro de Gracia, Luisa F. Cabeza

chapter 11|23 pages

Solar Photocatalytic Energy

ByLourdes Isabel Cabrera-Lara

chapter 12|13 pages

Novel Solar Fuels from H2O and CO2

ByChristian Sattler, Anis Houaijia, Martin Roeb

chapter 13|28 pages

Tannins as Precursors of Supercapacitor Electrodes

ByVanessa Fierro, Angela Sánchez-Sánchez, Alain Celzard

chapter 14|16 pages

Recent Contributions in the Development of Fuel Cell Technologies

ByJosé Luis Reyes-Rodríguez, Heriberto Cruz-Martínez, Miriam Marisol Tellez-Cruz, Adrián Velázquez-Osorio, Omar Solorza-Feria

chapter 15|10 pages

Towards More Sustainable Aeronautics via the Use of Biofuels

ByAris Iturbe, W. Vicente, J.E.V. Guzmán

chapter 16|22 pages

Solar Cooking for All

ByAntonio Lecuona-Neumann, José I. Nogueira, Pedro A. Rodríguez, Mathieu Legrand

chapter 17|16 pages

Sustainable Wind Energy Systems

ByEduardo Rincón-Mejía, Ana Rincón-Rubio

chapter 18|16 pages

Tidal Current Technologies

Brief Overview and In-Depth Coverage of the State of the Art
ByVanesa Magar

chapter 19|18 pages

From Large Dams to Sustainable Hydropower

ByKatarzyna Anna Korys, Agnieszka Ewa Latawiec, Agnieszka Ewa Latawiec

chapter 20|16 pages

Bioenergy Principles and Applications

ByMarina Islas-Espinoza, Alejandro de las Heras

chapter 21|14 pages

Advanced Biomethane Processes

BySevcan Aydin, Bahar Yavuzturk Gul, Aiyoub Shahi

chapter 22|13 pages

Human Energy

System Integration, Efficiency, Recovery
ByJosé Antonio Aguilar Becerril, Diana Gabriela Pinedo Catalán, Paola Yazmín Jiménez Colín, Jaime Manuel Aguilar Becerril

chapter 23|10 pages

Sustainable Energy for Houses

ByDavid Morillón Gálvez, Francisco Javier Ceballos Ochoa