Renewable Energy – The FactsInterest in renewable energy has never been greater, but much uncertainty remains as to the role the various technologies will play in the transition to a low-carbon future. This book sets out the facts – how the technologies work, where and to what extent they are currently employed, and where the greatest potential lies. Covering all the major fields – solar electricity, solar thermal, solar architecture, bioenergy, wind, geothermal, hydropower, as well as new energy technologies – it also includes sections on how best to promote the uptake of renewables and answers to common questions and opposition. The authors provide a number ...
This book provides detail and outlook on the comparative advantages and technological progress for using the multiple forms of renewable energy.Renewable energy such as biofuel, solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal are important parts of strategic energy use.It explores the economic and useful benefits of using renewable energy to supply feasible energy supplies worldwide.
As fossil fuel supplies dwindle, home heating will be one of the major challenges in temperate and cold climates in upcoming years. The reserves of natural gas used to heat the majority of North American buildings are rapidly being depleted. This latest Green Energy Guide helps readers who want to slash their energy bills and reduce their dependence on scarce resources to navigate the sometimes confusing maze of clean, reliable, and affordable options. "Solar Home Heating Basics" focuses on renewable energy strategies to heat new and existing homes and small businesses. These include: Energy efficiency, weatherization, and insulation Solar hot air heating Solar thermal systems Passive solar heating Backup heating systems While most solar home heating resources are geared primarily towards new buildings, this practical guide addresses ways of retrofitting existing buildings, making solar a reality for many people. Packed with all the essential information home and small business owners need to find alternatives to conventional heating solutions, "Solar Home Heating Basics" is your key to a personal energy solution. Dan Chiras is a respected educator and the author of thirty books on residential renewable energy and green building, including "The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy" and "Power from the Sun." Dan is the director and lead instructor at the Evergreen Institute's Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building, where he teaches workshops on energy efficiency, solar electricity, solar hot water, small wind energy, green building, natural plasters, and natural building.