Solar and Geothermal Energy

Solar and Geothermal Energy

by John Tabak
     
 

Energy and the Environment is a six-volume set that examines the history, technology, science, and environmental and social implications (including issues of environmental justice) associated with the acquisition and production of energy. Designed to complement science curricular, each volume describes comprehensively one or more sources of energy and the

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Energy and the Environment is a six-volume set that examines the history, technology, science, and environmental and social implications (including issues of environmental justice) associated with the acquisition and production of energy. Designed to complement science curricular, each volume describes comprehensively one or more sources of energy and the technology needed to make it useful. The books emphasize the science on which such technology is based, the limitations of each technology, the environmental effects of its use, questions of availability and cost, and the way that government policies and energy markets interact.

Solar and Geothermal Energy describes two of the least environmentally disruptive sources of power by which electricity is generated today. In addition to an overview of both solar and geothermal energy and the processes by which they can be harnessed, the book details how these sources are used to supply electricity and discusses ways in which governmental policies affect the growth of these sectors of the power market. The book also features an exclusive interview with John Farison, director of process engineering for Calpine Corporation at the Geysers Geothermal Field, one of the world's largest and most productive geothermal facilities, in which he discusses the challenges of maintaining output at the facility.

The volume includes information on

alternative geothermal technologies

economic and environmental consequences and energy

geology and heat

government policies and energy

heat engines and solar power

photovoltaics

solar power and geothermal energy use through history

sunlight and geometry

The book contains more than 40color photographs and four-color line illustrations, sidebars, a chronology, a list of acronyms, a glossary, a detailed list of print and Internet resources, and an index. Energy and the Environment is essential for high school students, teachers, and general readers who wish to learn about the effects on society of large-scale energy production and consumption.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816070862
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Energy and the Environment Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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