The Science of Renewable Energy

Author: Frank R. Spellman,Revonna M. Bieber

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439825033

Category: Nature

Page: 339

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As time goes forward, the availability of affordable and accessible petroleum products decreases while the negative environmental impact increases. If we want to sustain our current way of life, which includes massive energy consumption, it is necessary to find alternatives to fossil fuels to prevent fuel shortages and to preserve and repair the environment around us. The Science of Renewable Energy presents a no-nonsense discussion of the importance of renewable energy, while adhering to scientific principles, models, and observations. The text includes in-depth discussions of emerging technologies, including biomass and fuel cells, and major sources of renewable energy, such as ocean, hydro, solar, and wind energy. To provide a fundamental understanding of the basic concepts of renewable energy, the book also offers an extensive discussion on the basics of electricity, since it is applied to and produced from all forms of renewable energy. While emphasizing the technical aspects and practical applications of renewable sources, the text also covers the economic, social, and policy implications of large-scale implementation. The main focus of the book is on methods of obtaining energy from self-replenishing natural processes while limiting pollution of the atmosphere, water, and soil, as this is a critical pathway for the future. Exploring the subject from a scientific perspective highlights the need for renewable energy and helps to evaluate the task at hand. The book is written for a wide range of readers, including students of diverse backgrounds and individuals in the energy industries, and presents the material in a user-friendly manner. Even individuals can have an impact on the quest to develop renewable energy sources. The concepts and guidelines described provide critical scientific rationale for pursuing clean and efficient energy sources as well as the knowledge needed to understand the complex issues involved. Woven with real-life situations, the text presents both the advantages and challenges of the different types of renewable energy.


Wind Energy - The Facts

A Guide to the Technology, Economics and Future of Wind Power

Author: European Wind Energy Association

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 1849773785

Category: Political Science

Page: 593

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First Published in 2009. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Laudato si

Die Umwelt-Enzyklika des Papstes

Author: Franziskus (Papst),

Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH

ISBN: 345180736X

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Mit großer Spannung wurde sie erwartet, auch von Nicht-Katholiken: Die Umwelt-Enzyklika von Papst Franziskus nimmt die heute entscheidenden Themen in den Blick; es geht um die geht um soziale, ökologische und politische Zusammenhänge. Wohl selten war ein päpstliches Schreiben so aktuell und brisant und vor allem relevant für alle Gesellschaftsschichten und Menschen weltweit. Mit "Laudato si" beweist Franziskus, dass die Kirche nach wie vor eine unverzichtbare Stimme im Diskurs zur Gestaltung der modernen Welt ist. Wer verstehen will, wie Papst und Kirche die großen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit bestehen wollen, kommt an diesem Werk nicht vorbei. Ein Muss für jeden, der an den drängenden Fragen unserer Zeit interessiert ist.

Das Universum für Eilige

Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446259538

Category: Science

Page: 192

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Der nach Stephen Hawking prominenteste Astrophysiker des Planeten hat das ultimative Kompendium über den Kosmos verfasst. In Neil deGrasse Tysons Bestseller ist alles versammelt, was wir über das Universum wissen: über Exoplaneten und Dunkle Energie, über Zwerggalaxien und den Urknall. Der Autor begeistert wie kein Zweiter mit funkelndem Witz für die Wunder des Weltalls. Zugleich regt er zum Nachdenken über unseren Platz im Universum an und zu Demut angesichts kosmischer Skalen. Sein „Universum für Eilige“ ist das perfekte Buch für alle, die auf nur 200 Seiten die heutige Astrophysik verstehen – und sich dabei auf hohem Niveau unterhalten lassen möchten.

Feng Shui for the Rest of Us

What You Can Do Right Now to Change Your Life

Author: Gabrielle Alizay

Publisher: Writers Collective

ISBN: 9781594111327

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 302

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No one is immune from the challenges of life on earth, whether you start your day in a yoga pose or make pancakes for the kids with Extract of Cow Butter. That's why this book is for you and me. and the rest of us.Finding harmony and peace is great. Only it's difficult to feel harmonious when the electric bill is through the roof and your right foot hurts every time you put weight on it. Plus, you have a mate, yet between kids, work, and dinner, you have lost some of the passion you once shared. Take heart, this book will help you work out all those issues, since Feng Shui is an exquisite problem-solving tool. Sometimes even miraculous. So whether you're someone who needs to hide from Society Press reporters or always dashing around town on your own errands, this guidebook will show you another reality, one which will revolutionize your life in radically positive ways.

Energy, Society, and Environment

Technology for a Sustainable Future

Author: David Elliott

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415145060

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 252

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Examines the potential and limits of technical solutions to environmental problems.

Finance Policy for Renewable Energy and a Sustainable Environment

Author: Michael Curley

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439894213

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 258

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Environmental finance is about creating the greatest environmental benefit for the largest number of people at the lowest possible cost. That is the first and most important principle listed in Finance Policy for Renewable Energy and a Sustainable Environment. Focusing on what the author considers to be the 23 principles of environmental finance, this text examines the key financial principles necessary to build strategies and adopt policies to deal effectively with environmental challenges. The text encourages making financial decisions based on science, not politics, and considers what it takes to design and execute environmental finance programs in the most cost-effective way possible. Providing a historical overview of how we got to where we are now, and outlining the 23 principles needed to establish a stronger foundation for the future, this text presents the basic financial tools required to understand the concepts presented. It discusses the proper roles of grants, loans and guaranties, the concept and proper use of affordability, understanding leverage, and generating revenue streams for environmental programs. It also examines subsidies, financial risk reduction strategies, and the challenges posed by alternative energy as well as the next generation of environmental programs. As it relates to how environmental projects and improvements are achieved, Finance Policy for Renewable Energy and a Sustainable Environment outlines the greatest benefits at the lowest possible cost to the public. This text is an ideal resource for upper-level undergraduate students in environmental engineering and business courses, as well as practicing environmental engineers.

Wind Power Generation and Distribution

Author: David A. Rivkin,Marc Randall,Laurel Silk

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 1449624502

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 169

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Part of The Art and Science of Wind Power series The rapidly expanding wind energy industry is creating thousands of opportunities for skilled workers. Wind Power Generation and Distribution, part of The Art and Science of Wind Power Series, is a powerful tool for learners looking to expand their skillset in this exciting field. Wind Power Generation and Distribution provides in-depth information on electric motors and the installation and maintenance of wind turbines. The text moves from an overview of wind system design to covering specific processes related to commercial wind system installation and maintenance. Topics covered include energy conversion, power electronics, converters, generators, wind-turbine control, rotor dynamics, and wind farms.About the SeriesAccording to estimates from the American Wind Energy Association, approximately 85,000 Americans are employed in the rapidly expanding wind energy industry. The Art and Science of Wind Power series was developed to address a critical gap in educational resources directed toward the development of skilled workers in this industry. Each title uses a systems-based perspective to provide students with the resources to develop creative solutions to challenges as well as systems-based critical thinking skills. No other series as comprehensively addresses key issues for novice and expert learners alike.

Kicking the Carbon Habit

Global Warming and the Case for Renewable and Nuclear Energy

Author: William Sweet

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231510373

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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With glaciers melting, oceans growing more acidic, species dying out, and catastrophic events like Hurricane Katrina ever more probable, strong steps must be taken now to slow global warming. Further warming threatens entire regional economies and the well being of whole populations, and in this century alone, it could create a global cataclysm. Synthesizing information from leading scientists and the most up-to-date research, science journalist William Sweet examines what the United States can do to help prevent climate devastation. Rather than focusing on cutting oil consumption, which Sweet argues is expensive and unrealistic, the United States should concentrate on drastically reducing its use of coal. Coal-fired plants, which currently produce more than half of the electricity in the United States, account for two fifths of the country's greenhouse gas emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Sweet believes a mixture of more environmentally sound technologies-wind turbines, natural gas, and nuclear reactors-can effectively replace coal plants, especially since dramatic improvements in technology have made nuclear power cleaner, safer, and more efficient. Sweet cuts through all the confusion and controversies. He explores dramatic advances made by climate scientists over the past twenty years and addresses the various political and economic issues associated with global warming, including the practicality of reducing emissions from automobiles, the efficacy of taxing energy consumption, and the responsibility of the United States to its citizens and the international community to reduce greenhouse gases. Timely and provocative, Kicking the Carbon Habit is essential reading for anyone interested in environmental science, economics, and the future of the planet.


Geography for the IB Diploma Patterns and Change

Author: Paul Guinness

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521147336

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 296

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Two new coursebooks for the Geography for the IB Diploma syllabus. This lively coursebook covers the four compulsory topics of the Core theme, Patterns and Change, in the Geography syllabus for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. It is written in clear, accessible English by a highly experienced author and former head of Geography at a major IB school in the UK. The coursebook contains: key questions outlining the issues for each topic; case studies selected from every continent; activities and geographical skills guidance; discussion points and research ideas; integrated Theory of Knowledge links; examination-style questions; definitions of key terms and useful web links.

Solar Power of the Future

New Ways of Turning Sunlight Into Energy

Author: Susan Jones

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9780823936632

Category: History

Page: 64

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This book shows how scientists have been researching alternative ways to create energy for heat and electricity using renewable sources. Like fossil fuels, renewable energy forms naturally. But renewable energy regenerates, or forms again, very quickly. Solar power, which uses sunlight, is a type of renewable energy that many scientists think will be an important energy source in the future. Learn about many projects in the United States that are demonstrating effective ways to use solar energy in the future. Read how we will be better off when we depend less on fossil fuels and more on solar energy and other renewables.

The Sustainability of Renewable Energy in Europe

Author: Simona Bigerna,Carlo Andrea Bollino,Silvia Micheli

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319123432

Category: Science

Page: 137

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This book demonstrates that the much-needed global shift in energy production and use must happen at a territorial level in order to be truly successful and sustainable. This book enables regional implementation efforts by connecting broad EU environmental policies with plans for action at the territorial level, analysing efficient resource allocation and cost effectiveness to achieve national objectives. Each EU Member State is considered in depth, in order to identify the opportunities and challenges of this regional approach. The regional dimension of the authors’ analysis refers to the territorial level NUTS 1 (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) that, starting from the administrative borders of the EU countries, divides the territory into 97 regions on the basis of major socio-economic characteristics. Because the model of the EU "green economy" is characterized typically by top-down interventions that focus exclusively on the resource productivity and investment business, its practical implementation can be de-railed. This book provides the pivotal missing piece- the detailed territorial comparative analysis necessary to obtain an optimal energy mix of renewable energy sources (RES), energy conservation and energy efficiency characteristics of each specific local context.

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Barack Obama, 2009

Author: N.A

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 0160880076

Category: Political Science

Page: 1084

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Each Public Papers volume contains the papers and speeches of the President of the United States issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during the specified time period. The material is presented in chronological order, and the dates shown in the headings are the dates of the documents or events. In instances when the release date differs from the date of the document itself, that fact is shown in the text note. The appendixes in each Public Papers volume provide listings of a digest of the Presdient's daily schedule and meetings, when announced, and other items of general interest issed by the Officeof the Press Secretary; The President's nominations submitted to the Senate; A checklist of materials released by the Office of the Press Secretary that are not printed full-text in the book; and a table of Proclamations, Executive orders, and other Presidential documents released by the Office of the Press Secretary and published in the Federal Register.

American Energy

The Politics of 21st Century Policy

Author: Walter A. Rosenbaum

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1483321029

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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There are rapid, and sometimes radical, changes now transforming energy production and consumption in the United States. Utilizing contemporary examples throughout his narrative, Walter A. Rosenbaum captures this transformation in American Energy: The Politics of 21st Century Policy while analyzing how important actors, institutions, and issues impact American energy policymaking. With clear explanations of relevant energy technologies—from controversial fracking to mountain top mining to nuclear waste storage—the book first looks at the policy options available in governing the energy economy and then discusses specific resources (petroleum and natural gas, coal, nuclear power, electricity, renewable energy, conservation) and the global energy challenges associated with climate change. This is a perfect supplement for any environmental politics course.

Effects of Increased Biofuels on the U.S. Economy in 2022

Author: Mark Gehlhar

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 1437941826

Category:

Page: 36

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Achieving greater energy security by reducing dependence on foreign petroleum is a goal of U.S. energy policy. The Energy Independence and Security Act calls for a Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS-2), which mandates that the U.S. increase the volume of biofuel that is blended into transportation fuel from 9 to 36 billion gallons from 2008 to 2022. This report examines how meeting the RFS-2 would affect various components of the U.S. economy. If biofuel production advances with cost-reducing technology, and petroleum prices continue to rise as projected, the RFS-2 could provide economywide benefits. However, the actual level of benefits depends on future oil prices and whether tax credits are retained. Illus. A print on demand publication.

The Laws of M.O.S.E.S (America's Financial Future)

Volume One "A New Philosophy"

Author: Claus M. Bohm

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469126974

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 357

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Dare to take a journey in a discussion to change the face of our financial world. Discover a new way to run the United States economy with a simple approach that gives us all real freedom. This content will not use economic jargon and complicated graphs. It will analyze our system with simple models and theories. We will then see how a system of fairness and equality can come from the effort. This will be a true revolution in how we view money today and how we will handle it in the future. This proposal, questions and critiques our financial institutions. It says we can do better to achieve something that has never been done before. This unusual view of our financial system by spirituality and political morality will identify the hypocrisy of our times. It will show and legitimize our reasons for building a new and sustainable capitalism.

Die 4-Stunden-Woche

Mehr Zeit, mehr Geld, mehr Leben

Author: Timothy Ferriss

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843704457

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

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Warum arbeiten wir uns eigentlich zu Tode? Haben wir nichts Besseres zu tun? Und ob! - sagt Timothy Ferriss. Der junge Unternehmer war lange Workaholic mit 80-Stunden-Woche. Doch dann erfand er MBA- Management by Absence- und ist seitdem freier, reicher, glücklicher. Mit viel Humor, provokanten Denkanstößen und erprobten Tipps erklärt Ferriss, wie sich die 4-Stunden-Woche bei vollem Lohnausgleich verwirklichen lässt. Der Wegweiser für eine Flucht aus dem Hamsterrad und ein Manifest für eine neue Gewichtung zwischen Leben und Arbeiten.