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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A detailed blueprint for a clean sustainable energy future based on solar photovoltaics. Power Shift explains to a general audience how energy works and why it determines the future of humankind. Power Shift provides historical background on how the human relationship with energy developed, and how that relationship was gradually taken over by fossil fuels, converting us all into energy consumers. Now those fossil fuels are driving global warming and ocean acidification, forcing us to reexamine our energy systems and find alternatives. After reviewing the available choices, Power Shift focuses on solar photovoltaics (PV) as our best hope for the future, and develops a detailed plan that includes worldwide deployment of PV, combined with energy storage and energy efficiency, arriving at a 100% solar future in 50 years. Power Shift acknowledges the resistance to a solar future from fossil fuel corporations, and the reluctance of politicians to take any serious action on global warming. Power Shift describes an alternative bottom-up approach where individuals bypass such resistance and install their own PV systems. Such steps are possible because solar energy is distributed and available to almost everyone. Power Shift enlarges the reader's view of the world through the lens of energy. From that new vantage point, they will see hope for the future.

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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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