Alternative Energy For Dummies

Alternative Energy For Dummies

Rik DeGunther

Language: English

Pages: 388

ISBN: 0470430621

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Alternative Energy For Dummies

Rik DeGunther

Language: English

Pages: 388

ISBN: 0470430621

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The myths and facts about alternative fuels–and how they impact our lives

As the price of energy continues to soar, so too has the demand for alternative energy. But there's no clear "winner" in the race to replace fossil fuels. Alternative Energy For Dummies explores the current fossil fuel conundrum and society's growing need for more and more energy. Cutting through the competing claims, this book offers a multifaceted examination of alternative energy, including solar, wind, nuclear, biomass, geothermal, biofuel, and other sources. Each alternative scenario is compared to current fossil-fuel intensive practices in the scientific, environmental, social, political, and economic realms. Readers also gain insight into the future of energy production.

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alternatives that offset fossil fuel addictions, and invention and development take a lot of energy. Infrastructure takes energy. All human advancement requires energy in increasing amounts. Because the only consensus seems to be that fossil fuels are not the answer, you have to wonder what form this energy will take in the future. The following sections provide an overview of the alternatives as well as factors to consider when choosing alternative sources of energy. This book is all about

......................................... 113 Part III: Alternatives — Buildings ............................ 127 Chapter 8: Going Nuclear .............................................................................................. 129 Chapter 9: Harnessing the Sun with Solar Power ...................................................... 151 Chapter 10: Treading Water with Hydropower.......................................................... 177 Chapter 11: Blowing Away with Wind Power

number of basic fundamentals to all energy processes, and in order to understand why some processes are better than others, it’s worth looking into the basics. There is only so much that can be done to improve the energy situation, and there are hard limits. Most people seem to believe that energy efficiency and conservation can lead us out of the wilderness, but in this section I explain why this is going to be a very difficult road to travel. In this section things get somewhat abstract because

doubted, but even with phenomenal growth it will never play more than a supporting role in the alternative energy scenery. But supporting roles can still win Academy Awards, and solar is one of the top nominees. 152 Part III: Alternatives — Buildings Turning Sunlight into Energy: The Basics of Solar Technology Of all the energy sources we humans use, solar is easily the oldest (preceding even fire). There are two basic uses of solar energy (insofar as it relates to ordered energy production)

diesel engines .......................................................................... 279 Biodiesel.............................................................................................. 280 Clean diesel and biodiesel engines .................................................. 281 Chapter 18: Plugging In: Electric Vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .283 A Drive Down Memory Lane....................................................................... 284 Early electric

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