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Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Research & Instruction, Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA
Renewables: Wind, Water and Solar is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal published by SpringerOpen, an open access platform with the aim of providing an international and multidisciplinary forum for “researchers from all areas of science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences.” The subtitle “wind, water and solar” identifies the scope of major types of renewable technologies and applications, such as solar photovoltaic, hydropower, wind energy, biomass and biofuels, waste to energy as well as discussions related to “policy and regulatory issues that affect renewable energy technologies and their implementation.” There is a heavy focus on the technological aspects of renewable energy.
Recent articles include a study on “Evaluation of global solar radiation from meteorological data in the Sahelian zone of Chad” exploring a number of mathematical models to determine “the Sahelian zone of Chad has a good solar potential and consequently suitable for the exploitation of solar energy systems.” There’s also research on “Improving the carbon footprint of water treatment with renewable energy: a Western Australian case study” and a review article on “Wind energy potential and cost estimation of wind energy conversion systems (WECSs) for electricity generation in the eight selected locations of Tigray region (Ethiopia).” Another article, described as a Design and Simulation Study, “A mathematical model for ammonia solar and synthesis reactors” tested the mathematical model “to predict the behavior of both reactors in the ammonia-based closed-loop system.” The study showed “maintaining the best mass flow rate is important for achieving the maximum ammonia dissociation and formation processes and as a result the maximum thermal output. Operating the reactors at higher pressure than suggested increases the formation of ammonia at the synthesis; however, it lowers the thermal output of the system.”
Access to Renewables: Wind, Water and Solar is available from 2015; one issue per year with articles added as soon as they have completed the review process. In addition to original research, there are review articles, design and simulation studies, and announcements. The option to keyword search within the journal may be used, but a search for “hydropower economics” found four articles with all four results listed in the following subdisciplines: 1) Energy Policy, Economics and Management, 2) Energy Technology, 3) Renewable and Green Energy, and 4) Water Industry/Water Technologies. As there are almost 40 articles in the journal archive, browsing by volume/issue is a manageable option when searching for specific type(s) of content. Renewables: Wind, Water and Solar is a newer addition to SpringerOpen; perhaps additional search refinements will come later. A keyword search for “hydropower economics” for all content on SpringerLink retrieved over 5,000 results with content type displayed in descending number of results as chapter, article, conference paper, reference work entry and book.
The audience for this publication ranges from “specialists from academic institutions, research laboratories and industries involved in R&D projects, system implementation and policy formulations in this field.” Libraries supporting research in mechanical, civil and environmental engineering should point their discovery systems to Renewables: Wind, Water, and Solar, which recently was added to the Directory of Open Access Journals (www.doaj.org).