Alternative Energy Sources

Author: Efstathios E. Stathis Michaelides

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642209505

Category: Science

Page: 462

View: 4320

Alternative Energy Sources is designed to give the reader, a clear view of the role each form of alternative energy may play in supplying the energy needs of the human society in the near future (20-50 years). The two first chapters on "energy demand and supply" and "environmental effects," set the tone as to why alternative energy is essential for the future. The third chapter gives the laws of energy conversion processes, as well as the limitations of converting one energy form to another. The section on exergy gives a quantitative background on the capability/potential of each energy source to produce power. The fourth, fifth and sixth chapters are expositions of fission and fusion nuclear energy, the power plants that may produce power from these sources and the issues that will frame the public debate on nuclear energy. The following five chapters include descriptions of the most common renewable energy sources (wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, hydroelectric) some of the less common sources (e.g. tidal and wave energy). The emphasis of these chapters will be on the global potential of each source, the engineering/technical systems that are used in harnessing the potential of each source, the technological developments that will contribute to wider utilization of the sources and environmental effects associated with their wider use. The last three chapters are: "energy storage," which will become an important issue if renewable energy sources are used widely. The fourteen chapters in the book have been chosen so that one may fit a semester University course around this book. At the end of every chapter, there are 10-20 problems and 1-3 suggestions of semester projects that may be assigned to students for further research.

Alternative Energy

Political, Economic, and Social Feasibility

Author: Christopher A. Simon

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742549098

Category: Nature

Page: 233

View: 3386

Alternative Energy systematically approaches various alternative sources of energy, discussing in layperson's terms the current state of public policy, energy technology and the political, economic, and social feasibility of the alternative energy paradigm. The goal is to help the less technically-minded become active participants in choosing the energy future for their community.

Alternative Energy: Sources and Systems

Author: Donald Steeby

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1111037264

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

View: 2013

The skyrocketing demand for clean, abundant energy has resulted in a need for comprehensive information that can be used by builders, technicians, energy industry professionals, and anyone else wanting to learn about alternative forms of energy and their everyday uses. With a vast array of information available on the subject, Alternative Energy: Sources & Systems stands out from the crowd as an easy-to-read resource on current, mainstream technologies as well as those on the horizon. This book bridges the gap between overly simplistic information and high-level engineering materials. Instead, Alternative Energy: Sources & Systems serves as a comprehensive guide that explores solar, wind, and other sources, and the technology available to harness them. Readers will gain a better understanding of how these systems work as well as how they are put together. Check out our app, DEWALT Mobile ProTM. This free app is a construction calculator with integrated reference materials and access to hundreds of additional calculations as add-ons. To learn more, visit Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.


The World-Changing Power of Alternative Energy

Author: Jeremy Shere

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250038227

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 6809

Where does the energy we use come from? It's absolutely vital to every single thing we do every day, but for most people, it is utterly invisible. Flick a switch and the lights go on. It might as well be magic. Science writer Jeremy Shere shows us in Renewable: The World-Changing Power of Alternative Energy that energy is anything but magical. Producing it in fossil fuel form is a dirty, expensive—but also hugely profitable— enterprise, with enormous but largely hidden costs to the entire planet. The cold, hard fact is that at some point we will have wrung the planet dry of easily accessible sources of fossil fuel. And when that time comes, humankind will have no choice but to turn—or, more accurately, return—to other, cleaner, renewable energy sources. What will those sources be? How far have we come to realizing the technologies that will make these sources available? To find the answers, Shere began his journey with a tour of a traditional coal-fueled power plant in his home state of Indiana. He then continued on, traveling from coast to coast as he spoke to scientists, scholars and innovators. He immersed himself in the green energy world: visiting a solar farm at Denver's airport, attending the Wind Power Expo and a wind farm tour in Texas, investigating turbines deep in New York City's East River, and much more. Arranged in five parts—Green Gas, Sun, Wind, Earth, and Water—Renewable tells the stories of the most interesting and promising types of renewable energy: namely, biofuel, solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower. But unlike many books about alternative energy, Renewable is not obsessed with megawatts and tips for building home solar panels. Instead, Shere digs into the rich, surprisingly long histories of these technologies, bringing to life the pioneering scientists, inventors, and visionaries who blazed the way for solar, wind, hydro, and other forms of renewable power, and unearthing the curious involvement of great thinkers like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Nicola Tesla. We are at an important crossroads in the history of renewable technologies. The possibilities are endless and enticing, and it has become increasingly clear that renewable energy is the way of the future. In Renewable, Jeremy Shere's natural curiosity and serious research come together in an entertaining and informative guide to where renewable energy has been, where it is today, and where it's heading.

Alternative Energy Sources

Author: Kathiann M. Kowalski

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761448990

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 159

View: 4315

Introduces energy, discusses fossil fuels, and examines whether specific alternative energy sources are better for the environment.

Alternative Energy

Author: Marek Walisiewicz

Publisher: Dk Pub


Category: Science

Page: 72

View: 9560

Modern society is built on energy. But reserves of conventional fuels such as oil and gas are running low, and their use is damaging human health and the environment. Can new, cleaner technologies satisfy growing demand for power in the future? In this fascinating guide, science writer Marek Walisiewicz maps out the economic, environmental, and political dimensions of the world's energy problems and examines how these issues are being addressed through technological innovation. Essential Science guides are edited by internationally renowned author, broadcaster, journalist, and research scientist John Gribbin. They mix lively illustrations and expert, jargon-free text to explain the important scientific topics of the day -- more clearly than ever before.

Alternative Energy For Dummies

Author: Rik DeGunther

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470430620

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 384

View: 5980

Get the truth about alternative energy and make it part of your life Want to utilize cleaner, greener types of energy? This plain-English guide clearly explains the popular forms of alternative energy that you can use in your home, your car, and more. Separating myth from fact, this resource explores the current fossil fuel conundrum, the benefits of alternatives, and the energy of the future, such as hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The ABCs of alternative energy — what it is, how it works, and what the real costs are Where we are now — learn where our current energy comes from and how much longer it will last Take the first step — see how energy efficiency and conservation can reduce your reliance on fossil fuels Grasp the alternatives — from nuclear power to geothermal energy to wood burning, understand the benefits that alternative energy can have on the nation Apply alternative fuels to transportation — from biofuels to exotic propulsion to electricity, see how they are best used and how hybrid, all-electric, and fuel cell–powered vehicles work Get a peek into the future — see what the outlook holds for each form of alternative energy discussed Open the book and find: The pros and cons of alternative energy A review of the current world energy economy The problems with fossil fuels, from smog to global warming Advantages of alternative energy Practical results of alternatives you can use in daily life Guidelines for investing in alternative energy vehicles Ten ways you can bring about change right now Insight into the future of energy production — and how you can invest in it

Alternative Energy

An Introduction to Alternative & Renewable Energy Sources

Author: Mark E. Hazen

Publisher: Singular

ISBN: 9780790610795

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 285

View: 3815

The world's energy needs are greater than ever before as populations increase and Asian countries awaken industrially and economically. The fact is, as the demand for oil-based energy is increasing, the world supply is decreasing. Now more than ever, the public must understand available energy alternatives. "Alternative Energy" introduces readers to energy sources that draw from such supplies as wind, sun, reservoirs, ocean tides, and ocean currents.

Alternative Energy

Beyond Fossil Fuels

Author: Dana Meachen Rau,National Geographic Learning

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 0756542898

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 7452

Kids can make a difference, and these books will show them how! From fighting global warming to protecting wildlife, these books have all the information young environmentalists need to change the world.

Alternative Energy Resources

The Quest for Sustainable Energy

Author: Paul Kruger

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated

ISBN: 9780471772088

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 248

View: 6812

A balanced introduction to tomorrow's energy sources Over the course of the next fifty years, there will be a shift in the quest for sustainble energy, including a major change in transportation from internal combustion engines burning petroleum-derived fuels to newer technology engines using new transportation fuels. Alternative Energy Reources examines our options for energy sources with a focus on hydrogen as a large-scale, secondary energy vector parallel to electricity. As the price of petroleum products increases, the world is scrambling to find a suitable replacement energy source. In this comprehensive primer, Professor Paul Kruger examines energy use throughout history and the exponential expansion of our energy use beginning with the Industrial Revolution through the present day. The book then analyzes the various alternative energy sources available, including renewable energy (hydroelectric, solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal), nuclear, and hydrogen. He addresses each energy source's pros and cons based on our needs, availability, and environmental impact aspects. Finally, Dr. Kruger proposes the use of hydrogen as a fuel to sustain our energy supply produced by appropriate technology mixtures of renewable and nuclear energy.

Alternative Energy Sources

Author: Sally Morgan

Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree Library

ISBN: 9781432924591

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 3030

Explores different alternative energy sources, including wind, wave, solar, geothermal, and nuclear energy.

Renewable Energy Made Easy

Free Energy from Solar, Wind, Hydropower, and Other Alternative Energy Sources

Author: David Craddock

Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company

ISBN: 1601382405

Category: House & Home

Page: 287

View: 952

"Craddock, a journalist, outlines how to use alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass, geothermal energy, and hydropower. He discusses their pros and cons, how they work and what makes them efficient, and areas where they need improvement. He also describes several case studies of their use, with instructions on how to build solar panels, battery chargers, and ovens, biogas generators, wind turbines, and other do-it-yourself projects."--Book News.

Alternative Energy

Author: Brian Black,Richard Flarend

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313344841

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 222

View: 6402

An exceptionally timely volume that weighs the costs and benefits of alternative energy sources and their implications for reducing energy consumption.

Introduction to Renewable Energy

Author: Vaughn C. Nelson

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439834504

Category: Nature

Page: 408

View: 9183

As the world population grows and places more demand on limited fossil fuels, renewable energy becomes more relevant as part of the solution to the impending energy dilemma. Renewable energy is now included in national policies, with goals for it to be a significant percentage of generated energy within the coming decades. A comprehensive overview, Introduction to Renewable Energy explores how we can use the sun, wind, biomass, geothermal resources, and water to generate more sustainable energy. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the book integrates economic, social, environmental, policy, and engineering issues related to renewable energy. It explains the fundamentals of energy, including the transfer of energy, as well as the limitations of natural resources. Starting with solar power, the text illustrates how energy from the sun is transferred and stored; used for heating, cooling, and lighting; collected and concentrated; and converted into electricity. A chapter describes residential power usage—including underground and off-grid homes—and houses that are designed to use energy more efficiently or to be completely self-sufficient. Other chapters cover wind power; bioenergy, including biofuel; and geothermal heat pumps; as well as hydro, tidal, and ocean energy. Describing storage as a billion-dollar idea, the book discusses the challenges of storing energy and gives an overview of technologies from flywheels to batteries. It also examines institutional issues such as environmental regulations, incentives, infrastructure, and social costs and benefits. Emphasizing the concept of life-cycle cost, the book analyzes the costs associated with different sources of energy. With recommendations for further reading, formulas, case studies, and extensive use of figures and diagrams, this textbook is suitable for undergraduates in Renewable Energy courses as well as for non-specialists seeking an introduction to renewable energy. Pedagogical Features: End-of-chapter problems Numerous case studies More than 150 figures and illustrations A solutions manual is available upon qualifying course adoption

Renewable and Alternative Energy Resources

A Reference Handbook

Author: Zachary Alden Smith,Katrina D. Taylor

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598840894

Category: Science

Page: 323

View: 5215

This volume provides an insightful overview of renewable and alternative energy technologies and policies in the United States and around the world. * A chronology of technological developments, events, and policies related to renewable and alternative energy * A glossary of renewable and alternative energy related concepts including Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), net metering, and stages of technology development

Alternative Energy Sources: Solar energy

Author: University of Miami. Clean Energy Research Institute,United States. Dept. of Energy,University of Miami. School of Continuing Studies

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780891161295

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 5170

View: 2530

Alternative Energy Sources V

Proceedings of the Fifth Miami International Conference on Alternative Energy Sources Miami Beach, Florida, December 13-15, 1982

Author: Turhan Nejat Veziroğlu

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780444422613

Category: Renewable energy sources

Page: N.A

View: 7448

Renewable Energy

Sources and Methods

Author: Anne E. Maczulak

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0816072035

Category: Reference

Page: 206

View: 4017

Presents an introduction to renewable energy resouces, discussing how they are being developed and utilized and covering such energy alternatives as biofuels, wind, solar, geothermal, nuclear, and hydroelectricity.

Renewable and Alternative Energy

Author: Britannica Educational Publishing

Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing

ISBN: 1615305386

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 114

View: 3793

With growing populations across the world consuming Earth’s limited oil and natural gas reserves, the environmental and economic toll of energy dependence becomes an increasingly global concern. The development of renewable forms of energy—solar, wind, water, and geothermal, to name a few—offers alternatives to fossil fuels. Consumers are embracing these new modes of energy delivery and use. This extensive volume examines the possibility of a cleaner and more energy efficient future by detailing the historic and emerging technologies behind some the most promising alternative resources.

How Renewable Energy Works

Author: Geoff Barker

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP

ISBN: 1433995719

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 3600

Homes and businesses around the world have solar panels to harness the sun’s energy for electricity. But even more remarkably, NASA powered an airplane using solar power in 2001! Achievements in renewable energy are encouraging as the world’s reserves of oil, natural gas, and coal continue to be depleted. Readers will learn the state of nonrenewable resources on Earth in addition to information about the renewable energy technology that will power cars and homes in the future. Discussion of greenhouse gases and climate change provide readers with basic knowledge about the changing needs of Earth. Detailed sidebars and fact boxes augment science and social studies information, offering readers both pros and cons of solar, wind, and water energy, among others. Colorful photographs will further engage readers with these important topics as they begin to form opinions using their new knowledge.