Power Shift: From Fossil Energy to Dynamic Solar Power

Power Shift: From Fossil Energy to Dynamic Solar Power

by Robert Arthur Stayton

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ISBN-13: 9780990479208
Publisher: Sagehill Enterprises
Publication date: 04/22/2015
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Robert Stayton is a writer who lives in Santa Cruz County, California. He has a masters degree in physics, and has taught college courses in physics, energy, and solar energy. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Science Communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

In 1997, Robert and his wife built a passive solar home in Santa Cruz County and outfitted it with an off-grid solar photovoltaic system. He has been living with solar energy since then, always looking for new ways to apply solar in his daily life. He drives a solar-charged Plug-in Prius, heats his water with a solar water heating system, and bakes his bread in his solar oven. He has served as host to hundreds of people who have toured his home to see his solar efforts.

Robert's book Power Shift combines his science background, teaching experience, and personal commitment to solar energy into a unique perspective on how humans use energy and where our civilization is going.

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Power Shift: From Fossil Energy to Dynamic Solar Power 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
NNLight More than 1 year ago
Rarely have I read a book that was written by an author so driven by belief in his message. If Solar Power advocacy ever needs a picture to define it then it is Robert Arther Stayton. Stayton goes to great lengths to explain what the current state of the world’s energy production is, how it causes difficulties, what can be done to fix it and in the end how Solar Power is the only way to make it right. As strong a message as it is, it is lost a bit in the lengthy prose that details the current state of power generation. I felt when reading that the style reminded me of when Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth Bennett. He goes on and on about his general interest in the matter of marriage and then gets on his knee to offer his love. You get such a detailed overview of every fossil energy form that it was at times hard to remember this was a book about Solar Power. I appreciate the arguments in favor and believe there is much to be said for the main premise. The success of this option will lay with being able to talk people into spending more now to save later. That is a very hard nut to crack in the 21st century. I think the book might have ended better with a traditional conclusion. A touch wordy, very well researched and thorough. If you ever have any questions about mankind and the future of power generation I recommend you read this book first. My Rating: 3.5 stars
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite Power Shift: From Fossil Energy to Dynamic Solar Power by Robert Arthur Stayton is a very relevant book in today’s world. Power Shift presents a historical perspective on traditional energy sources and the use of fossil fuels and carbons and their effects. It talks about how our ancestors used energy as well as some of the newer sources such as nuclear, solar, wind, etc. The book then discusses the various ways in which we can harness solar energy, which is not only an unlimited source of energy, but is clean and environment-friendly as well. Power Shift also talks about the challenges facing us as we struggle to discover and harness new energy sources in a way that is long-term and sustainable. Included in the book are real-life practical tips and ideas on ways to use solar energy and apply it in everyday use. Power Shift: From Fossil Energy to Dynamic Solar Power by Robert Arthur Stayton is an extremely useful and well-written book. Although solar energy has been around for a while, Power Shift truly makes a great case for why it is the solution of the future, along with great practical ideas on ways in which to harness it. I liked the detailed diagrams and descriptions of how to put solar power to use in the form of solar panels, etc. The writing is clear, to-the-point, and it is obvious that Robert Stayton knows what he is talking about and is extremely knowledgeable in his field. All in all, a great, useful read for everyone as we move forward towards new, renewable, clean energy sources.