Want to understand the basics of solar and wind energy before you build your own system? If so, this is the book you need. You'll learn the difference between energy and power, how power is related to current and voltage, and how current is related to voltage and resistance. You'll learn about all the different parts of an alternative energy system, what their purpose is, and how they are wired. You'll also lean how to calculate the size system you need. Finally, you'll even learn where to place your solar array and what tilt angle to use. If you already have the knack for these things, this may be the only book you need before you start building.
Published by: AM Photonics | Publication date: 12/11/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 133 pages
Passive solar heating and passive cooling—approaches known as natural conditioning—provide comfort throughout the year by reducing, or eliminating, the need for fossil fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few modern architects or builders really understand the principles involved.Now Dan Chiras, author of the popular book The Natural House, brings those principles up to date for a new generation of solar enthusiasts.The techniques required to heat and cool a building passively have been used for thousands of years. Early societies such as the Native American Anasazis and the ancient Greeks perfected designs that effectively exploited these natural processes. The Greeks considered anyone who didn't use passive solar to heat a home to be a barbarian!In the United States, passive solar architecture experienced a major resurgence of interest in the 1970s in response to crippling oil embargoes. With grand enthusiasm but with scant knowledge (and sometimes little common sense), architects and builders created a wide variety of solar homes. Some worked pretty well, but looked more like laboratories than houses. Others performed poorly, overheating in the summer because of excessive or misplaced windows and skylights, and growing chilly in the colder months because of insufficient thermal mass and insulation and poor siting.In The Solar House, Dan Chiras sets the record straight on the vast potential for passive heating and cooling. Acknowledging the good intentions of misguided solar designers in the past, he highlights certain egregious—and entirely avoidable—errors. More importantly, Chiras explains in methodical detail how today's home builders can succeed with solar designs.Now that energy efficiency measures including higher levels of insulation and multi-layered glazing have become standard, it is easier than ever before to create a comfortable and affordable passive solar house that will provide year-round comfort in any climate.Moreover, since modern building materials and airtight construction methods sometimes result in air-quality and even toxicity problems, Chiras explains state-of-the-art ventilation and filtering techniques that complement the ancient solar strategies of thermal mass and daylighting. Chiras also explains the new diagnostic aids available in printed worksheet or software formats, allowing readers to generate their own design schemes.
Published by: Chelsea Green Publishing | Publication date: 10/01/2002Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Tells the entire story of humankind’s use of solar energy, reaching all the way back 6,000 years to stone age China and then bringing the story all the way up to now. The only book in existence that attempts to tell the entire story of humankind’s more than 6,000 year use of solar energy. Most people think of solar power as being a 20th century invention. Few know that the first photovoltaic cells joined the grid on a New York City rooftop in 1881; or that engineers in France used solar power to run steam engines in 1860s; or that in 1901 an ostrich farmer in Southern California used a solar engine with a massive 33-1/2 foot mirrored dish to irrigate 300 acres of trees by pumping 1,400 gallons of water every minute from a reservoir using nothing but the power of the sun. And these are just a few of the incredible stories that will be told in the book. Author John Perlin began telling this story in 1980 with the first edition of their book A Golden Thread, which then went back 2,500 years and covered up through the late 70s. The book sold 55,000 copies and received rave reviews, with the reviewer for The Los Angeles Times calling it a “humbling book” and a “rich mine of information.” The New York Times called it “A clear and evocative account of the 2,500-year history of a technology – solar energy – that many people thought was a purely 20th century development” and The Washington Post gave the book an even stronger review calling it a “careful, thoughtful” book that touches on “an awesome range of solar uses and issues.” Lester Brown, Founder of the Worldwatch institute has said, “A Golden Thread has become a classic” and a contributor to the popular energy blog “The Oil Drum” wrote that it is “like The Prize but from a solar perspective.”
Published by: New World Library | Publication date: 08/27/2013Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 548 pages
This 2-hour free course explored the potential of the sun to provide useable thermonuclear energy, and the technical feasibility of harnessing it.
Published by: The Open University | Publication date: 03/01/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 26 pages
Solar PV is now the third most important renewable energy source, after hydro and wind power, in terms of global installed capacity. Bringing together the expertise of international PV specialists Photovoltaic Solar Energy: From Fundamentals to Applications provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of existing PV technologies in conjunction with an assessment of technological developments. Key features:
- Written by leading specialists active in concurrent developments in material sciences, solar cell research and application-driven R&D.
- Provides a basic knowledge base in light, photons and solar irradiance and basic functional principles of PV.
- Covers characterization techniques, economics and applications of PV such as silicon, thin-film and hybrid solar cells.
- Presents a compendium of PV technologies including: crystalline silicon technologies; chalcogenide thin film solar cells; thin-film silicon based PV technologies; organic PV and III-Vs; PV concentrator technologies; space technologies and economics, life-cycle and user aspects of PV technologies.
- Each chapter presents basic principles and formulas as well as major technological developments in a contemporary context with a look at future developments in this rapidly changing field of science and engineering.
Published by: Wiley | Publication date: 01/03/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 680 pages
With his famous equation, E=mc2, Einstein showed us that all matter can be described as energy. It is everywhere; it is everything. In this engaging introduction, renowned author and scientist Vaclav Smil covers a wide range of topics, from the inner workings of the human body to the race for more efficient and eco-friendly fuels. Shedding light on the science behind global warming and efforts to prevent it, and how our daily decisions affect energy consumption, this book highlights the importance of energy in both past and present societies. Whether you're after insight or dinner table conversation, Energy: A Beginner's Guide will amaze and inform, uncovering the science behind one of the most important concepts in our universe.
Published by: Oneworld Publications | Publication date: 01/05/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 240 pages
How to Install Solar Panels like a professional: A Complete Beginner's introduction Manual: A do it yourself guide for Grid-tied, Off-Grid and Hybrid Photovoltaic Systems
Pоwеr has bеcоmе crazily еxpеnsivе and it is incrеasing thе mоnthly еxpеnditurе. Pоwеr cоmpaniеs makе things difficult fоr thе cоnsumеr by raising thе pеr unit pricе оf еlеctricity as pеr thеir whims and fanciеs. Sо, thеn hоw dоеs оnе savе оnеsеlf frоm such a situatiоn? Just as wе knоw, nоn rеnеwablе sоurcеs оf еnеrgy arе dеplеting day aftеr day, thanks tо thе incrеasing pоpulatiоn and thе mеans usеd fоr catеring tо this pоpulatiоn.Thе оnly altеrnativе lеft with mankind is tо fоcus attеntiоn оn rеnеwablе еnеrgy sоurcеs. Wе can think оf оnly оnе such pоwеrful sоurcе and that is thе Sun. Thе Sun is thе basе fоr оur vеry еxistеncе оn this planеt. Sun prоvidеs lifе and еnеrgy. Thus, wе can cоmprеhеnd that sun givеs us еnеrgy in thе fоrm оf sоlar еnеrgy. Sоlar pоwеr is thе mоst sоught aftеr nоwadays, but installatiоn оf sоlar pоwеr is quitе еxpеnsivе and nоt within thе budgеt оf thе cоmmоn man. A pоwеr cоmpany wоuld chargе clоsе tо tеn thоusand dоllars fоr installatiоn оf sоlar pоwеr and thus it rеmains a drеam cоmе truе fоr mоst оf thе mеdiоcrе familiеs.Sо what is thе nеxt bеst altеrnativе, if yоu dо nоt want tо spеnd yоur hard еarnеd mоnеy? Yоu cоuld actually build and dеsign yоur оwn sоlar panеl and nоt havе tо pay thе cоmpany. What yоu nееd is a right guidе fоr installatiоn which wоuld prоvidе yоu with apprоpriatе instructiоns. Hеncе, idеntifying thе right guidе is оf еssеncе which wоuld hеlp yоu achiеvе yоur gоal оf sоlar pоwеr and alsо lоwеr еlеctricity bills. Installatiоn оf sоlar panеls brings dоwn yоur pоwеr bills and in this way yоu cоuld savе mоrе than thоusands оf dоllars annually and usе thе mоnеy fruitfully fоr оthеr purpоsеs. Yоur еntirе hоusе can run mеrеly оn sоlar pоwеr absоlutеly frее оf cоst. Thе cоst оf maintеnancе is lоw and all yоu havе tо dо is tо clеan it up mоnthly, sо that it can gеnеratе pоwеr еfficiеntly. Sоmеtimеs, yоu wоuld alsо havе tо rеstоrе thе cеlls оncе in fеw yеars.
Publication date: 10/21/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 83 pages
En este libro encontrarás temas como; energía solar, medidas de seguridad, que herramientas usar, sombra y localización, donde instalar, como elegir los componentes, como hacer las conexiones eléctricas entre cada equipo en detalle y más. Es la guía perfecta para principiantes e intermedios que desean comenzar su nuevo sistema solar y generar su propia energía eléctrica de una forma rápida y sencilla.
Publication date: 11/09/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 83 pages
An innovative analysis that shows how the shift to solar energy—in particular, the use of photovoltaic cells—is both economically advantageous and inevitable, and will rival the information and communication technologies revolution in its transformative effects.In Solar Revolution, fund manager and former corporate buyout specialist Travis Bradford argues—on the basis of standard business and economic forecasting models—that over the next two decades solar energy will increasingly become the best and cheapest choice for most electricity and energy applications. Solar Revolution outlines the path by which the transition to solar technology and sustainable energy practices will occur.Developments in the photovoltaic (PV) industry over the last ten years have made direct electricity generation from PV cells a cost-effective and feasible energy solution, despite the common view that PV technology appeals only to a premium niche market. Bradford shows that PV electricity today has become the choice of hundreds of thousands of mainstream homeowners and businesses in many markets worldwide, including Japan, Germany, and the American Southwest. Solar energy will eventually be the cheapest source of energy in nearly all markets and locations because PV can bypass the aging and fragile electricity grid and deliver its power directly to the end user, fundamentally changing the underlying economics of energy. As the scale of PV production increases and costs continue to decline at historic rates, demand for PV electricity will outpace supply of systems for years to come. Ultimately, the shift from fossil fuels to solar energy will take place not because solar energy is better for the environment or energy security, or because of future government subsidies or as yet undeveloped technology. The solar revolution is already occurring through decisions made by self-interested energy users. The shift to solar energy is inevitable and will be as transformative as the last century's revolutions in information and communication technologies.
Published by: The MIT Press | Publication date: 09/26/2008Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 255 pages
The sun is a source of energy for living things. Energy that comes from sunshine is called solar energy. But how does solar energy work? And how can we use solar energy to not only stay on the cutting-edge of technology, but to help keep the environment healthy?Read and find out about solar roads that light up when there’s danger ahead, like a moose on the road—and did you know that someday tiny solar chips placed in someone’s eyes could help a blind person see? Learn all this and more!Running on Sunshine comes packed with visual aids like charts, sidebars, an infographic, and a hands-on activity—how to direct sunlight using mirrors! Both the text and the artwork were vetted for accuracy by Dr. Bart Bartlett, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan.This is a Level 2 Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science title, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades and supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards. Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.
Published by: HarperCollins | Publication date: 05/01/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 40 pages