Megatrends for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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The Fairmont Press, Inc., 2011 - Energy consumption - 305 pages
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What are the major developments and trends which are emerging and evolving to set the course for meeting the growing energy needs of the modern world? This comprehensive book explores this compelling and complex topic, examining the driving and often competing forces which come into play as we move forward. Currently 85% of the world's energy systems are powered by coal, oil and other fossil fuels. However, as growing concern for the climate crisis and carbon emissions move to the forefront, while simultaneously it becomes clear that the end of cheap oil is in sight, the need for increased emphasis on both energy efficiency and alternative sources of energy can no longer be ignored. The author provides an overview of the ongoing energy mix evolution, current technology and alternative fuel developments, sustainable building trends, evolving energy efficiency practices, and more.
 

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Contents

How the Energy Mix is Changing
1
Green Power Trends
41
Building Trends
81
Fuel Sources
121
Conservation and Automation Trends
159
Environmental Mitigation
195
Grid Integration and Transmission
227
The Future for Renewables
267
Index
303
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