Renewable Energy: A User's Guide

Renewable Energy: A User's Guide

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Crowood Press, Limited, The
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Renewable Energy: A User's Guide

Every day there are news reports that highlight spiraling energy costs, accelerating energy consumption, serious concerns over fuel security, and fears that oil production may soon decline, all set against a background of global warming and the devastating impact of climate change. The author emphasizes that we need to use renewable energy technologies on a much wider scale to produce heat and electricity, and argues that if action is taken immediately it could make an enormous difference in helping to meet CO2 reduction targets. He demonstrates how by installing a renewable energy technology in your home, you will be taking a step towards reducing your carbon footprint and helping to save the planet. The technologies covered are solar energy, heat pumps, biomass fuels such as wood, waste and even specially grown crops, wind power, and hydroelectricity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847970619
Publisher: Crowood Press, Limited, The
Publication date: 10/27/2008
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Jeremy Leggett 6

Dedication and Acknowledgements 7

1 Renewable Energy: An Introduction 8

2 Solar Water Heating 28

3 Heat Pumps 52

4 Biofuels 76

5 Wind Energy 106

6 Solar Photovoltaic (PV) 133

7 Hydroelectricity 158

8 Renewable Energy Technologies for the Near Future 179

Appendix I Getting Revenue from Renewable or Microgeneration Electricity 197

Appendix II Renewable Energy Standards 202

Index 207

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