How solar could spark a clean-energy transition through transformative innovation—creative financing, revolutionary technologies, and flexible energy systems.Solar energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. What's more, its potential is nearly limitless—every hour the sun beams down more energy than the world uses in a year. But in Taming the Sun, energy expert Varun Sivaram warns that the world is not yet equipped to harness erratic sunshine to meet most of its energy needs. And if solar's current surge peters out, prospects for replacing fossil fuels and averting catastrophic climate change will dim.Innovation can brighten those prospects, Sivaram explains, drawing on firsthand experience and original research spanning science, business, and government. Financial innovation is already enticing deep-pocketed investors to fund solar projects around the world, from the sunniest deserts to the poorest villages. Technological innovation could replace today's solar panels with coatings as cheap as paint and employ artificial photosynthesis to store intermittent sunshine as convenient fuels. And systemic innovation could add flexibility to the world's power grids and other energy systems so they can dependably channel the sun's unreliable energy.Unleashing all this innovation will require visionary public policy: funding researchers developing next-generation solar technologies, refashioning energy systems and economic markets, and putting together a diverse clean energy portfolio. Although solar can't power the planet by itself, it can be the centerpiece of a global clean energy revolution.A Council on Foreign Relations Book
Published by: The MIT Press | Publication date: 02/23/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Labor and related costs account for more than half of the price of the average home solar installation. But homeowners can save thousands of dollars with this user-friendly manual, which follows the same process professional contractors use. Through detailed directions and step-by-step photos, veteran solar installer Joseph Burdick and seasoned builder Philip Schmidt teach you how to determine the size, placement, and type of installation you’ll need. This comprehensive DIY guide covers everything from assembling rooftop racking or building a ground-mount structure to setting up the electrical connections and making a battery bank for off-grid systems.
Published by: Storey Publishing, LLC | Publication date: 06/30/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 201 pages
Solar Electricity Handbook: 2017 Edition: A simple, practical guide to solar energy: designing and installing solar photovoltaic systems
Solar Energy is a wonderful concept. Take free energy from the sun and use it to power electrical equipment. No ongoing electricity bills, no reliance on an electricity socket. ‘Free’ electricity that does not harm the planet.Of course, the reality is more complicated than that, yet generating electricity from sunlight alone is a powerful resource, with applications and benefits throughout the world. But how does it work? What is it suitable for? How much does it cost? How do I install it? This best-selling, internet linked book answers all these questions and shows you how to use the power of the sun to generate electricity yourself.Now in its eleventh edition, this book assumes no previous knowledge. It explains the advantages of solar energy and the drawbacks you need to take into account. As well as explaining the underlying principles, it provides a step-by-step guide so that you can successfully design and install a solar energy system from scratch.The website that accompanies this book includes online solar calculators and tools to simplify your solar installation, ensuring that building your system is as straightforward and successful as possible. Readers can also get in touch directly with the author to ask questions and get further support with their solar projects.
Published by: Greenstream Publishing | Publication date: 01/23/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 178 pages
The fun and easy way to get a grip on photovoltaic design and installation Designing and installing solar panel systems is a trend that continues to grow. With 'green collar' jobs on the rise and homeowners looking for earth-friendly ways to stretch their dollars and lesson their carbon imprint, understanding photovoltaic design and installation is on the rise. Photovoltaic Design & Installation For Dummies gives you a comprehensive overview of the history, physics, design, installation, and operation of home-scale solar-panel systems. You'll also get an introduction to the foundational mathematic and electrical concepts you need to understand and work with photovoltaic systems.
- Covers all aspects of home-scale solar-power systems
- Viable resource for professionals, students, and technical laymen
- Can be used to study for the NABCEP exam
Published by: For Dummies | Publication date: 08/20/2010Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Off Grid Solar is a pocket guide and quick reference for anyone looking to build an electrical energy system with the free sunshine available to us all.“The limitations to widespread solar are not centered on the cost, the efficiency, or the need for advancements in technology. The limitations are solely due to the lack of widespread knowledge on the subject.”With that philosophy at heart, solar and battery expert Joseph P. O’Connor draws from his years of experience to craft a how-to guide needed by everyone around the world. Founder of OCON Energy Consulting, O’Connor has conducted and taught the installation/maintenance of Off Grid solar projects to people and communities as far away as the central African rainforest and right in his own backyard of Oakland, California. For anyone interested in harvesting their own solar energy completely detached from the grid, this is the book for you.Thanks to straightforward explanations for readers of all levels, this book establishes a familiarity with the basic low cost components alongside the most innovative technologies. With this knowledge the reader can make better decisions based on their technology needs, rather than simply trusting the recommendations from others.Need to keep costs down? How many solar panels are needed to refill the batteries? What is the best way to angle your solar panels? On projects both big and small, Joe’s got you covered.
Publication date: 12/06/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 181 pages
The bestselling alternative energy reference book in North America—now in an updated edition Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the ground up, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you! This new edition gives you hands-on tips and techniques for making your home more energy-efficient though solar power—and helping the planet at the same time. Plus, you’ll get all the latest information on changes to federal, state, and local regulations, laws, and tax incentives that seek to make solar-power adoption more feasible.
- Expanded coverage of the technology that underpins full-scale solar-power systems for the home
- New small- and mid-sized solar products, projects, and applications
- Rik DeGunther is a design engineer who started his own energy consulting firm
Published by: For Dummies | Publication date: 04/06/2010Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 393 pages
The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way.As oil insecurity deepens, the extraction risks of fossil fuels rise, and concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old economy, fueled by oil, natural gas, and coal is being replaced with one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy.The Great Transition details the accelerating pace of this global energy revolution. As many countries become less enamored with coal and nuclear power, they are embracing an array of clean, renewable energies. Whereas solar energy projects were once small-scale, largely designed for residential use, energy investors are now building utility-scale solar projects. Strides are being made: some of the huge wind farm complexes under construction in China will each produce as much electricity as several nuclear power plants, and an electrified transport system supplemented by the use of bicycles could reshape the way we think about mobility.
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company | Publication date: 04/20/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 193 pages
Comprehensive coverage of passive solar greenhouse design including material selection, building methods and how to store thermal energy using a variety of simple and innovative strategies. Over a dozen case studies provide real-life inspiration, capped off with how-to guidance for building a durable, energy-efficient greenhouse. Variations include underground and aquaponic greenhouses and integrating solar panels to grow off-grid, year-round.
Published by: New Society Publishers | Publication date: 10/24/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 331 pages
Are you a hands on person? Do you prefer making things yourself? Are you ready to power everything from your devices to your home with solar energy?If so, then this book is for you! We'll cover everything you need to know about solar power. From understanding all of the components that go into solar powered projects to choosing the right solar panels and even building your own solar panels, this book teaches you everything you need to know about custom solar powered systems and creations. Learn about topics from small scale solar powered projects like portable phone chargers all the way up to large off-grid and grid-tied home solar power systems, and even mobile solar power for RVs and other vehicles and boats.
Publication date: 12/23/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 136 pages
Solar Power DIY Handbook: So, You Want To Connect Your Off-Grid Solar Panel to a 12 Volts Battery? (Solar Panel for Homes,Solar Electricity Handbook,Solar Power Books,Solar Energy)
Follow these essential step by step tutorial to understand and install your solar panels today! Solar power DIY handbook is loaded with much useful content and is an excellent guide on how one can choose, decide and install efficient and reliable solar power in one's home. It's also great for professional installers who haven’t mastered installation as it outlines the necessary steps to follow. The entire book is divided into 15 chapters. The fore chapter discusses the basics of electricity and the electrical components including resistors, capacitors, transistors, diodes, and inductors. The latter chapters address the theory about solar energy, the solar cell and the photovoltaic effect and how it produces electricity. It explains how small solar cells are bundled together to form a solar module and how several modules are clustered to form a panel. You need this handbook.Here is a preview of what you will learn….➤The fundamentals of basic electric circuits to include resistors, capacitors and transistors➤It explains clearly how solar cells work and how the choice of modules for the application affects efficiency and functionality. ➤You get detail explanation of inverters and charge controllers and what you would need to install solar panels in an RV, home, boat or shed.➤It gives you the advantages of choosing lithium over lead battery, also detailing what switch type is ideal for your project.➤It outlines the advantages of buying premade or assembling your unit from scratch, and also explains why you would want your panels to face a certain direction and what angle is optimal.➤It also describes upcoming technologies around solar power that are useful for every installer are captured and explained.Take action now and get this Kindle book for only $0.99!
Publication date: 05/14/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 77 pages