Renewable and Alternative Energy Resources: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

  • Zachary A. Smith
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  • ISBN-10: 1598840908
  • ISBN-13: 9781598840902
  • DDC: 333.79
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 323 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Overview

Around 14 percent of world energy consumption is derived from sources other than fossil fuels -- but almost all of that comes from hydropowered electricity and biomass products. While the potential for creating more environmentally friendly energy solutions (such as solar, geothermal, wind, and wave power) is beginning to be realized, the debates continue as to whether these initiatives make for good policy and good business.

Are renewable and alternative energy solutions needed to combat many of the negative effects of fossil fuel (including global warming)? Can such solutions be "clean," and still economically viable? For readers wanting clear, objective answers to questions like these, this fascinating, highly informative volume is the ideal source.

Renewable and Alternative Energy Resources: A Reference Handbook provides an authoritative, unbiased overview of existing and potential renewable and alternative energy technologies, covering the benefits and drawbacks associated with each. It then looks at a number of specific questions and controversies on this issue, examining the social, political, and economic aspects of renewable and alternative energy use in the United States and other countries -- detailing different approaches and activities of international organizations, national governments, and private sector initiatives.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Selected Titles in ABC-CLIO's.
About the Book.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Contents.
Preface.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Worldwide Perspective.
4: Chronology.
5: Biographical Sketches.
6: William Grylls Adams (1836–1915).
7: Svante Arrhenius (1859–1927).
8: Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval (1851–1940).
9: Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel (1820–1891).
10: Elliott Berman (b. 1944).
11: Homi Jehangir Bhabha (1909–1966).
12: Frank Bridgers (1932–2005).
13: Gro Harlem Brundtland (b. 1939).
14: Jimmy Carter (b. 1924).
15: Georges Claude (1870–1960).
16: Arthur Compton (1892–1962).
17: Georges Jean Marie Darrieus (1888–1979).
18: Rudolph Diesel (1858–1913).
19: Thomas Alva Edison (1847–1931).
20: John Ericsson (1803–1889).
21: Michael Faraday (1791–1867).
22: Enrico Fermi (1901–1954).
23: Benoit Fourneyron (1802–1867).
24: Charles Fritts (d. 1903).
25: Arnold J. Goldman (b. 1942).
26: Albert A. Gore Jr. (b. 1948).
27: William R. Grove (1811–1896).
28: Subhendu Guha (b. 1941).
29: John Burden Sanderson Haldane (1892–1964).
30: James E. Hansen (b. 1941).
31: William Heronemus (1920–2002).
32: M. King Hubbert (1903–1989).
33: Jeremy Leggett (b. 1954).
34: Amory Bloch Lovins (b. 1947).
35: Auguste Mouchout (Mid-19th Century).
36: Willie Nelson (b. 1933).
37: Roger Revelle (1909–1991).
38: Frank Shuman (1862–1918).
39: Lyman Spitzer Jr. (1914–1997).
40: Robert Stirling (1790–1878).
41: Alexander T. B. Stuart (1888–1950).
42: Hans Eduard Suess (1909–1993).
43: Leo Szilard (1898–1964).
44: Tom Udall (b. 1948).
45: Data and Documents.
46: Directory of Organizations.
47: Resources.
Glossary.
Index.
About the Authors.