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Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet (The MIT Press)
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: 02/23/2018
Kindle 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: 01/23/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 178 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: 05/14/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 77 pages

Off Grid Solar: A handbook for Photovoltaics with Lead-Acid or Lithium-Ion batteries
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: 12/06/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 181 pages

Photovoltaic Design and Installation For Dummies
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
Whether you're a building professional looking to expand your business and skills to meet the growing demand for solar power installation or are seeking a career in this rapidly expanding field, Photovoltaic Design & Installation For Dummies has you covered!
Published by: For Dummies | Publication date: 08/20/2010
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 386 pages

Install Your Own Solar Panels: Designing and Installing a Photovoltaic System to Power Your Home
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: 06/30/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 201 pages

The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse: How to Design and Build a Net-Zero Energy Greenhouse
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: 10/24/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 331 pages

The Ultimate Solar Power Design Guide: Less Theory More Practice (The Missing Guide For Proven Simple Fast Sizing Of Solar Electricity Systems For Your Home or Business)
Internet Linked Book to Free Solar Resources and Free Solar Calculators !Imagine how often you read books about solar panels and solar power systems and their design and felt disappointed, confused without knowing how to get started and put together the pieces of the puzzle of your much anticipated and long-awaited solar power system. No more confusion!The book ‘Ultimate Solar Power Design Guide – Less Theory, More Practice’ is the missing guide for proven simple fast design of solar electricity systems for your home, business, boat, vehicle or other outdoor activities.What is more, this guide is written by experts especially for beginners and professionals alike.Proper sizing of a solar system is very important. The final goal of the design of a photovoltaic system is to come up with a cost-effective, efficient and reliable solar panel system for your home, RV vehicle, boat or business – a solar system that squeezes the maximum possible power for every cent invested.In our opinion, the main drawback of many solar books is that they give too much general information about solar panels and solar components and, if you are lucky enough, just one or two very basic design formulas. Those formulas, however, are far away from a proven yet simple system for sizing a solar system from scratch. Moreover, such sizing information is buried in too much fillers and fluffs you could easily find by just surfing the web. Obviously, such authors limit solar design methods to their own cases only. Ironically the reader’s case rarely coincides with the authors’ solar case. You feel confused and lost without being aware how to wire and put all the components of the solar power system together.The mission of this book is to fill this gap by offering a simple practical, fast, step-by-step approach for designing a solar system of any scale, whether simple or complex, intended for your home, business, RV vehicle or boat. The book is written by experts, holding master’s degree in electronics, and is intended for those who cannot get started or are utterly confused.Grab the book ‘Ultimate Solar Power Design Guide – Less Theory, More Practice’ and get your solar powered home, RV vehicle, boat or business today!While reading the book you will discover that our approach to sizing a solar system is just the opposite to the currently prevailing ones. We prefer to give you lots of fast and simple step-by-step universal design methods applicable to all cases, accompanied with many sizing examples – starting from very simple solar power systems and finishing with the design of the more sophisticated off grid solar power system. Thanks to this approach you will be capable of designing any solar power system or tailor the sizing methods according to your own needs. The book provides 3 general approaches:
  • Business sizing – simple and fast design but not too accurate for every case
  • Basic sizing – not so fast but more accurate, and
  • Advanced sizing – more accurate but not so fast.
You may choose one of the general approaches, depending on the type of system you are going to use. For example, the fastest business case approach could be used for sizing simple solar systems for outdoor activities. It may be even accurate enough for sizing small solar systems for RV vehicles and boats.If you need more accuracy, you could use the basic approach. However if you apply the advanced method for those systems, it would be just for the love of sizing.The basic and the more accurate advanced approach are best suited for sizing off-grid and grid-tied solar electric systems.Last but not least, the book contains at the end quick sizing cheat sheets. After reading the book you may use them as a quick reference.
Published by: Digital Publishing Ltd | Publication date: 06/19/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 230 pages

Solar Power Your Home For Dummies
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
Featuring ten of the easiest and cheapest DIY solar projects, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the fun and easy way to meet your energy needs with this clean power source!
Published by: For Dummies | Publication date: 04/06/2010
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 393 pages

Dumb Energy: A Critique of Wind and Solar Energy
Renewable energy – wind and solar – is a con game. The people we thought were the good guys – environmentalists – are up to their necks in dirty tricks. The billions of dollars spent on electricity every year are being used to enrich a gaggle of con men – politicians, environmentalists and the purveyors of renewable energy. Extensive lobbying and propaganda has convinced the public that it is a good idea to spend billions on dumb wind and solar energy. Dumb energy can’t be counted on because it comes and goes with the wind and clouds. Dumb energy is subsidized, overtly and sneakily. Dumb energy is financed by taxes and bigger electric bills.We have been sold the idea that cheap energy can be extracted from sunshine and wind. Energy can be extracted, but it is not cheap. Wind and solar energy are not cheap and have to be backed up by traditional electric generating plants, greatly increasing the cost. The facts and figures are in this book, in an easily-understood format.Wind and solar are often sold as a way to reduce CO2 emissions and prevent climate change. But there are more effective and less expensive ways of reducing CO2 emissions than wind and solar.We all wish for miracles and want to believe in miracles. But wind and solar are dirty tricks, not miracles.
Published by: Dumb Energy Publishing | Publication date: 07/09/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 146 pages
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