Alternative Energy DeMYSTiFieD, 2nd Edition

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McGraw Hill Professional, Jan 5, 2013 - Science - 368 pages
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DeMYSTiFieD fuels your knowledge of tricky subjects like alternative energy

If you think a Maglev train is a child's toy, or learning about fusion makes your brain reach critical mass, Alternative Energy DeMYSTiFieD, Second Edition will power up your knowledge of this topic's fundamental concepts and theories at your own pace.

This practical guide eases you into this field of science, starting at primitive heating sources such as coal and wood. As you progress, you will master the science behind alternative energies such as evaporative cooling, fuel-cell vehicles, aeroelectric power, and more. You will understand the difference between conventional fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps as well as the benefits of large-scale wind power. Detailed examples make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce key ideas.

It's a no-brainer! You'll learn about:

  • Passive solar heating
  • Thermal-mass cooling
  • Propulsion with biofuels
  • Electric vehicles
  • Large-scale hydropower
  • Semiconductor lamps
  • Geothermal power

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Alternative Energy DeMYSTiFieD, Second Edition is your shortcut to a working knowledge of this timely topic.

 

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Contents

The Basics and the Primitives
1
Chapter 2 Heating with Oil and Gas
21
Chapter 3 Heating and Cooling with Electricity
39
Chapter 4 Passive Solar Heating
63
Chapter 5 Alternative Indoor Climate Control
81
Chapter 6 Conventional Propulsion
103
Chapter 7 Propulsion with Methane Propane and Biofuels
121
Chapter 8 Propulsion with Electricity Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
137
Chapter 11 Electricity from Water and Wind
203
Chapter 12 Electricity from Atoms and Sunshine
231
Chapter 13 Illumination Technology
265
Chapter 14 Advanced Electrification Methods
287
Final Exam
309
Answers to Quizzes and Final Exam
333
Suggested Additional Reading
337
Index
339

Chapter 9 Advanced Propulsion Methods
159
Chapter 10 Electricity from Fossil Fuels
183

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About the author (2013)

Stan Gibilisco is the "father" of the Demystified series, as well as a best-selling Demystified author. He has authored or co-authored dozens of nonfiction books about electronics, general science, mathematics and engineering including Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics, Physics Demystified, Everyday Math Demystified and The TAB Encyclopedia of Electronics for Technicians. He has worked as a technical writer in industry, as a radio broadcast station technician, as a radio-frequency design engineer, and as a magazine editor.

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