Highlights in Energy 2017

Looking back at the past year to inspire the future

Energy in 2017

2017 was a year filled with groundbreaking research and technological advances.

As we start 2018, we would like to take a look back and reflect on some of the most popular research from 2017, sourced from our Book and Journal portfolio to inspire us for 2018. 

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Executive Editor Anthony Doyle on 2017

© Springer2017 has been year of progress and new challenges in the field of energy. In the area of renewables, the costs of electricity generated by wind and solar has fallen rapidly and developments in post-lithium-ion technology present possibilities for improved battery importance and efficiency. Developments in advanced nuclear reactors and carbon capture continue apace. In the policy area, controversy has raged over the United States President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. 

In a rapidly changing technological and political environment Springer’s cross-disciplinary Energy books and journals program aims to help readers make sense of developments and gain a deeper understanding of the science, engineering and social sciences that lie beneath today’s rapid global changes in energy generation, transmission, storage and use and the political issues that surround them.

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Springer Energy is contributed to by Springer editors in the physical sciences and engineering, economics, earth sciences and the life sciences from our offices in Beijing, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New Delhi, New York, San Francisco and beyond. It has been a pleasure for us to meet with some of our readers last year in conferences such as the International Conference on Sustainable Energy in Perth, WA and the International Conference on Energy and Sustainability in Seville. We hope to see many of you again in 2018.

With around 150 book titles published during the year it is not easy to pick highlights but here are a few of our books published in 2017 that have been most popular with our readers and helped set the agenda in energy throughout the year:

Wind Turbine Aerodynamics and Vorticity-Based Methods by Emmanuel Branlard contributes mechanical methods that will assist more efficient wind power generation. It won the Excellent Young Wind Doctor Award 2015 from the European Academy of Wind Energy.  We were delighted to publish Ramesh Bansal’s Handbook of Distributed Generation, the key reference in this field. Energy Harvesting and Energy Efficiency are increasingly in focus as much as the generation of energy. N. Bizon et al.’s book of this name provides the latest research findings from these fields. Building Information Modelling Building Performance Design and Smart Construction by Mohammad Dastbaz, Chris Gorse and Alice Moncaster shows show the latest construction modelling techniques and technology can aid energy efficiency.

Ritu Singh’s and Sanjeev Kumar’s edited volume, Green Technologies and Environmental Sustainability gives an holistic overview of how developments in a variety of technologies, from renewable energy to agricultural technology and efforts to create the ‘smart city’, may come together and help our species fulfill the UN Millennium Development Goals. One example of how advances across disciplines can do this is explained in Mahendra Rai and Silvio Silvério’s Nanotechnology for Bioenergy and Biofuel Production.

In more traditional power and energy fields, Springer published Power System Optimization Modeling in GAMS by Alireza Soroudi  and Combustion for Power Generation and Transportation A.K. Agarwal, et al., which shows how older technologies like the IC engines and gas turbines may be made more efficient.

 Finally, as well as our books based upon the latest scientific research we were proud to add to our students’ textbooks list with the publication of Energy Economics - Theory and Applications by Peter Zweifel, Aaron Praktiknjo and Georg Erdmann, which is already proving to be a key text in its subject.

Anthony Doyle is Executive Editor for Engineering and the Applied Sciences at the London office of Springer. He works on monographs, textbooks, major reference works and journals in engineering and, along with editors in different subject areas across Springer global offices, contributes to the interdisciplinary publishing program, Springer Energy.

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