Alternative Energy: Sources & Systems, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1305380452
  • ISBN-13: 9781305380455
  • DDC: 333.794
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 336 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released October 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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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 ebook 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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
1: Solar Energy: Harnessing the Sun's Power.
2: Introduction to Solar Energy.
3: How Thermal Storage Works.
4: Applications for Solar Thermal Storage.
5: How Photovoltaic Panels Work.
6: Applications for Photovoltaic Solar Panels.
7: Wind Energy: Setting Sail for a New Power Alternative.
8: Introduction to Wind Energy.
9: Considerations for Residential and Light Commercial Wind Turbines.
10: Introduction to Large-Scale Wind Turbines.
11: Geothermal: Using the Earth to Heat and Cool Our World.
12: How a Geothermal System Works.
13: Types and Configurations of Geothermal Loops.
14: Proper Sizing Procedures for Geothermal Applications.
15: Installation and Start-Up of Geothermal Systems.
16: Biomass: Utilizing Wood, Corn, and Pellets as Heating Fuels.
17: Using Biomass as a Heating Source.
18: Applications for Biomass Burners.
19: Future Energy Sources: A Look at Fuel Cells and Combined Heat and Power (CHP).
20: How Fuel Cells Work.
21: What Is CHP?.