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As oil prices continue to rise, many people are starting to think about how to unhook from the electricity grid. The Renewable Energy Handbook focuses completely on off-grid, sustainable living and rural energy independence.

Author/engineer William H. Kemp, who is a leading expert in small- and mid-scale renewable energy technologies, designed and built his own off-grid home. The result is a house that has all the standard “middle-class” creature comforts while using less than ...

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As oil prices continue to rise, many people are starting to think about how to unhook from the electricity grid. The Renewable Energy Handbook focuses completely on off-grid, sustainable living and rural energy independence.

Author/engineer William H. Kemp, who is a leading expert in small- and mid-scale renewable energy technologies, designed and built his own off-grid home. The result is a house that has all the standard “middle-class” creature comforts while using less than five times the total fossil-fuel energy of the average North American house.

The Renewable Energy Handbook focuses on the unique requirements of off-grid living and contains chapters on energy conservation; heating and cooling; backup power; domestic water heating; wireless communications; photovoltaic, wind, and microhydro energy generation; battery selection; and inverters.

Since its release in 2003, The Renewable Energy Handbook has been a top-selling technology book and is recognized as the best book in its field.

The book is augmented with hundreds of illustrations, line drawings, photographs, and appendices.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780973323320
  • Publisher: Aztext Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

William Kemp is VP Engineering of Powerbase Automation Systems Inc. and a consulting electronics/software designer who develops control systems for low environmental impact hydroelectric utilities worldwide. He is also an author, sustainable living and clean energy advocate working in renewable energy heating, energy efficiency, photovoltaic, micro-hydro and wind electric systems.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Energy efficiency 29
Ch. 3 A primer for off-grid living 105
Ch. 4 A showcase of selected off-grid homes 123
Ch. 5 Space heating and cooling with renewable energy 159
Ch. 6 Photovoltaic electricity generation 235
Ch. 7 Electricity from the wind 257
Ch. 8 Micro hydro electricity production 289
Ch. 9 Battery selection and design 313
Ch. 10 D.C. voltage regulation 331
Ch. 11 D.C. to A.C. conversion using inverters 345
Ch. 12 Fossil-fueled backup power sources 359
Ch. 13 Putting it all together safely 371
Ch. 14 Pools and hot tubs powered by sol 401
Ch. 15 Communications beyond the "end of the line" 429
Ch. 16 Biofuels 449
Ch. 17 Living with renewable energy 519
Ch. 18 Conclusion 527
App. 1 Cross reference chart of various fuel energy ratings 529
App. 2 Typical power and electrical ratings of appliances and tools 530
App. 3 Resource guide 532
App. 4 Magnetic declination map for North America 542
App. 5 North America sun hours per day (worst month) 543
App. 6 North America sun hours per day (best month) 544
App. 7 Electrical energy consumption work sheet 545
App. 8 North America average annual wind speed 546
App. 9a Polyethylene SDR pipe friction losses 547
App. 9b PVC class 160 pipe friction losses 548
App. 10 Voltage, current and distance charts for 12, 24, and 48 volt generation systems 549
App. 11 Wire sizes versus current carrying capacity 550
App. 12 A few words on toilets, greywater, and waste management 551
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    I think this and many like it should be NOOK books! Rated it a 3

    I think this and many like it should be NOOK books! Rated it a 3 only because it isn't Nook.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    It's a staple in our library

    The pages are being dog-eared from all of the references that we are using. A definite recommend when it comes to becoming sustainable.

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