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New textbook: Physics of energy conversion

2015-06-03 – News from Physics Department

Prof. Katharina Krischer and Konrad Schönleber from Physik-Department have published a new textbook on “Physics of energy conversion”.

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Katharina Krischer and Konrad Schönleber: “Physics of energy conversion”

“Physics of energy conversion” covers the physical basis of the most important energy conversion processes used for energy supply. The aim of this textbook is to provide a unified view on the different energy converter systems ranging from thermal power plants to solar cells. The central theme is the treatment of energy converters as open thermo dynamical systems and the performance of efficiency analyses, based on the concept of exergy.

  • Presents the physics behind the most important energy converters in a unified framework.
  • Evaluates the performance of ideal and realistic energy converters in terms of energy and exergy efficiencies.
  • Provides basic concepts needed for a discussion of energy converters, such as chemical and applied thermodynamics, electrochemistry and solid state physics.


Physics of Energy Conversion
Krischer, Katharina; Schönleber, Konrad
Series:De Gruyter Textbook, ISBN: 978-1-5015-1063-2
Publication Date: May 2015


Prof. Dr. Katharina Krischer and Dipl. Phys. Konrad Schönleber
Technische Universität München
James-Franck-Str. 1
85748 Garching, Germany
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