Alternative Energy For Dummies

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-05-04
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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The myths and facts about alternative fuelsand how they impact our livesAs the price of energy continues to soar, so too has the demand for alternative energy. But there's no clear "winner" in the race to replace fossil fuels. Alternative Energy For Dummies explores the current fossil fuel conundrum and society's growing need for more and more energy. Cutting through the competing claims, this book offers a multifaceted examination of alternative energy, including solar, wind, nuclear, biomass, geothermal, biofuel, and other sources. Each alternative scenario is compared to current fossil-fuel intensive practices in the scientific, environmental, social, political, and economic realms. Readers also gain insight into the future of energy production.Rik DeGunther (Rescue, CA) holds a bachelor's degree in engineering physics and a dual master's degree in applied physics and engineering economic systems. He is a design engineer and the founder of Efficient Homes, an energy auditing and consulting firm. DeGunther is also the author of Solar Power Your Home For Dummies (978-0-470-17569-9) and Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies (978-0-470-37602-7).

Author Biography

Rik DeGunther holds a BS in Engineering Physics and a dual Masters degree in Applied Physics and Engineering Economic Systems. He is a design engineer and the founder of Efficient Homes, an energy auditing and consulting firm.

Table of Contents

The Basic Facts of Energy Life.
What a Mess!
What Energy Is and How ItĂs Used (Politically and Practically)
Putting Together Each Piece of the Energy Puzzle
Digging Deeper into the Current State of Affairs.
Developing a Snapshot of Fossil Fuel Use and Availability
Burning Up with Conventional Energy Sources
The First Alternative-Energy Sources: Effi ciency and Conservation
Understanding the Demand For Alternatives
Alternatives ¨ Buildings.
Going Nuclear
Harnessing the Sun with Solar Power
Treading Water with Hydropower
Blowing Away with Wind Power
Digging into Geothermal
Exploring Biomass
Burning Wood
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies
Alternatives ¨ Transportation.
Alternative Transport Technologies
Alternative-Fuel Vehicles
Plugging In: Electric Vehicles
Hybrid-Electric Vehicles
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles
Exotic Propulsion Systems
The Part of Tens.
Ten or So Myths about Energy
Ten-Plus Ways to Invest in an Alternative-Energy Future
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