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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Renewable Energy Finance describes in rich detail current best practices and evolving trends in clean energy investing. With contributions from some of the world's leading experts in energy finance, the book documents how investors are spending over US$200 billion each year on financing renewable energy and positioning themselves in a global investment market that will continue to expand at double-digit growth rates through the end of the decade. The book describes with first-hand experiences the challenges of "keeping the lights on" amid rising conventional energy prices and looming environmental risks.Chapters describe project financing vehicles for a range of renewable energy technologies including solar photovoltaic power plants, offshore wind farms, and bio-fuel refineries, as well as financing practices in a diverse set of countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and China. The book gives readers a unique insiders' perspective on how renewable energy deals actually get done, and is a go-to reference manual for understanding how to fund investment projects in renewable energy. Drawing together contributions from senior executives and academic thought-leaders, Renewable Energy Finance will serve an audience of readers craving a practitioner's perspective that avoids industry clichés, self-promotion, and grandstanding.
Published by: Powering the Future | Publication date: 06/23/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Climate change researchers sometimes paint a bleak picture of ourcurrent global-warming crisis, but rarely explain how we got into thispredicament in the first place and how we get out of it. Now, for thefirst time, a new book does just that. Power Shift: From Fossil Energy to Dynamic Solar Power retells human history through the lens of energy, explains the sciencebehind the crisis--in clear, succinct language that anyone canunderstand--and provides a detailed blueprint for the future, fromgovernmental, commercial, and individual perspectives. Today,we've become mired in partisan bickering among politicians and oil, gas, and coal lobbying interests who insist that fossil fuels are necessaryfor jobs and the US economy. However, this narrow debate has failed tonotice that the world has already embarked on a transformation in how we use energy that is so fundamental, it defines a new Solar Epoch, asmonumental as the discovery of fire, the development of agriculture, and the exploitation of fossil fuels in previous centuries. Thetruth is that solar power--getting radically cheaper by the year--is not only a viable solution but, as the author states, "forms a clean energy system that can completely replace fossil fuels. We can graduallyphase them in so that in 50 years we'll be 100% solar-powered. Andbecause solar energy does not run out like fossil fuels, we will neverneed to go looking for another energy source again." The bookalso explores the related crises of out-of-control CO2 emissions fromfossil fuel burning: glacial melting; flooding; drought; oceanacidification that threatens mass extinction of marine life; and theoften overlooked costs of rising food prices and military conflicts over oil and other fossil fuels.Unlike other books on global warming and solar energy, Power Shift presents visionary plans for governments, corporations, and individuals concerned about climate change. And the author has "put his money where his mouth is." Having built a solar home in Santa Cruz County in 1997and outfitted it with an off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) system,Stayton cites numerous personal examples to inspire others to takesimilar action. Destined to become a classic in the field, andsoon to be adopted as a basic text in college and universityenvironmental studies programs, Power Shift is an indispensablereference for researchers and global leaders, a valuable staff trainingtool for solar companies, and a compelling, inspirational read foranyone eager to learn the truth about global warming and to participate"from the ground up" in the new Solar Epoch. Reader-friendly with beautiful illustrations and firmly grounded in current science, Power Shift also forges a cautionary tale of what lies ahead if we don't startacting now: "We seem to be waiting for a sign," Stayton writes, "asudden event so catastrophic that it compels us to overcome politicaldifferences and take action. However, this disaster does not rush uponus like a hurricane, but instead slowly erodes our foundation, liketermites. If we wait until the house collapses, we will have waited too long." If you buy only one book on the topic of climate changeor solar power--for yourself, family, friends, or colleagues--you candepend on Power Shift to serve as a comprehensive, eye-opening, educational resource for years to come.
Published by: Sandstone Publishing | Publication date: 04/12/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 347 pages