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Energy: A Human History

Energy: A Human History Lowest new price: $14.95
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Author: Richard Rhodes

Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author Richard Rhodes reveals the fascinating history behind energy transitions over time—wood to coal to oil to electricity and beyond.

People have lived and died, businesses have prospered and failed, and nations have risen to world power and declined, all over energy challenges. Ultimately, the history of these challenges tells the story of humanity itself.

Through an unforgettable cast of characters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes explains how wood gave way to coal and coal made room for oil, as we now turn to natural gas, nuclear power, and renewable energy. Rhodes looks back on five centuries of progress, through such influential figures as Queen Elizabeth I, King James I, Benjamin Franklin, Herman Melville, John D. Rockefeller, and Henry Ford.

In Energy, Rhodes highlights the successes and failures that led to each breakthrough in energy production; from animal and waterpower to the steam engine, from internal-combustion to the electric motor. He addresses how we learned from such challenges, mastered their transitions, and capitalized on their opportunities. Rhodes also looks at the current energy landscape, with a focus on how wind energy is competing for dominance with cast supplies of coal and natural gas. He also addresses the specter of global warming, and a population hurtling towards ten billion by 2100.

Human beings have confronted the problem of how to draw life from raw material since the beginning of time. Each invention, each discovery, each adaptation brought further challenges, and through such transformations, we arrived at where we are today. In Rhodes’s singular style, Energy details how this knowledge of our history can inform our way tomorrow.

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.) Lowest new price: Too low to display
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Author: William Kamkwamba
Brand: Harper Perennial

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.

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LEED Green Associate V4 Exam Complete Study Guide (Second Edition)

LEED Green Associate V4 Exam Complete Study Guide (Second Edition) Lowest new price: $67.00
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Author: A. Togay Koralturk

*The "Second Edition" includes sample questions in the digital resources (see page 273 for online access).

PASS THE LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM WITH FLYING COLORS!
Having been widely adopted as the primary course material for bachelor's and master's degree classes in architecture and civil engineering in universities throughout the United States, the LEED Green Associate V4 Exam Complete Study Guide provides deep insight into the principles of green building, and it helps the reader learn, rather than just memorize, the essential information for the exam. Thus, this approach equips candidates to successfully pass the LEED Green Associate exam with flying colors in order to actively apply green building and LEED principles in real life.
This book is the only resource a candidate needs, in order to successfully pass the exam. As LEED v4 is quite different in comparison to the former versions, the book was entirely re-written; thus, it was not updated from a previous edition. All of the chapters contain guidance on the aspects that require extensive attention, while the book points out the finer details to focus on for the exam purposes. It does not matter how much time passes after taking the exam, as learning the real reasons behind the green building and LEED principles through observation will help to consolidate this information concisely.
Even though the LEED Green Associate exams are sometimes referred to as conceptual exams, in reality the exam goes well beyond that. Without diving into the LEED prerequisites and credits, a candidate cannot ever guarantee passing the test; as a result, the book covers the core concepts of each LEED credit category, and then evaluates the LEED prerequisites and credits to demonstrate how those green building concepts turn into real projects with LEED requirements.
  • Pass the LEED Green Associate exam with flying colors!
  • Thoroughly understand and apply the green building principles for life, and retain all the information you have learned
  • Apply the green building and LEED principles in real life
  • Know all the important things to consider during the exam beforehand
  • The book is also recommended for students, professionals, and anyone who has not chosen to take an LEED professional exam, but nonetheless retains a strong interest in LEED and green buildings.

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    Install Your Own Solar Panels: Designing and Installing a Photovoltaic System to Power Your Home

    Install Your Own Solar Panels: Designing and Installing a Photovoltaic System to Power Your Home Lowest new price: $13.33
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    Author: Joseph Burdick
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    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.

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    Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet (The MIT Press)

    Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet (The MIT Press) Lowest new price: $17.32
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    Author: Varun Sivaram

    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

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    Ultra-Capacitors in Power Conversion Systems: Applications, Analysis, and Design from Theory to Practice

    Ultra-Capacitors in Power Conversion Systems: Applications, Analysis, and Design from Theory to Practice Lowest new price: $88.89
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    Author: Petar J. Grbovic

    Ultra-capacitors, used as short-term energy storage devices, aregrowing in popularity especially in the transportation andrenewable energy sectors. This text provides an up-to-date andcomprehensive analysis of ultra-capacitor theory, modeling andmodule design from an application perspective, focusing on thepractical aspects of power conversion and ultra-capacitorintegration with power electronics systems.

    Key features: 

    • clearly explains the theoretical and practical aspects ofultra-capacitor, analysis, modelling and design 
    • describes different power conversion applications such asvariable speed drives, renewable energy systems, traction, powerquality, diesel electric hybrid applications 
    • provides detailed guidelines for the design and selection ofultra-capacitor modules and interface dc-dc converters
    • includes end-of-chapter exercises and design examples

    This is an essential reference for power electronics engineersand professionals wanting to expand their knowledge of advancedultra-capacitor energy storage devices and their application inpower conversion. It is also a valuable resource  forindustrial design engineers as well as academics and advancedstudents in power electronics who want to develop theirunderstanding about this highly topical subject.


    LEED AP BD+C V4 Exam Complete Study Guide

    LEED AP BD+C V4 Exam Complete Study Guide Lowest new price: $77.99
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    Author: A. Togay Koralturk

    PASS THE LEED AP BD+C EXAM ON THE FIRST TRY!


    The LEED AP BD+C V4 Exam Complete Study Guide helps the reader to learn, rather than just memorize the essential information for the exam; and is designed to be the only resource a candidate needs in order to successfully pass the exam on the first try.  

    Even though the scope of the LEED AP BD+C exam includes heavy technical terms and principles that may seem confusing at first, the book enables the reader to fully grasp the information by simply demonstrating each of them. As a result, the need for further research and struggling on same topic are avoided. This approach equips candidates to successfully pass the LEED AP BD+C exam on the first try in order to actively apply the LEED requirements into real life projects.

    As LEED v4 is quite different in comparison to the former versions, the book is entirely written for LEED v4; and is not updated from a previous edition. All of the chapters contain strong guidance on the aspects that require extensive attention, while the book points out the finer details to focus on for the exam purposes. The case studies throughout the book demonstrates the real-life application of the LEED requirements, and the Key Things to Remember sections at the end of each prerequisite/credit points out the not so important looking elements, which, however can be encountered in the exam as a question. With the completion of the book, the summary sheets will reinforce knowledge and ensure a solid exam preparation. (With the digital resources, the reader will have access to sample test questions online, which will familiarize the reader with the actual exam format.) When finished reading the book, the reader will naturally feel what to expect during the test and will be able to determine his/her preparation level.
    • Pass the LEED AP BD+C exam on the first try!
    • Thoroughly understand and apply the LEED requirements for life, and retain all the information you have learned.
    • Avoid the need of researching and struggling on the same topics.
    • Know all the important things to consider during the exam beforehand.
    The book is also recommended for students, professionals, and anyone who has not chosen to take the LEED AP BD+C exam, but nonetheless retains a strong interest in LEED or needs to coordinate a project towards the LEED certification.

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    Photovoltaic Design and Installation For Dummies

    Photovoltaic Design and Installation For Dummies Lowest new price: $12.95
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    Author: Ryan Mayfield

    The fun and easy way to get a grip on photovoltaic design andinstallation

    Designing and installing solar panel systems is a trend thatcontinues to grow. With 'green collar' jobs on the rise andhomeowners looking for earth-friendly ways to stretch their dollarsand lesson their carbon imprint, understanding photovoltaic designand installation is on the rise.

    Photovoltaic Design & Installation For Dummies givesyou 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 andelectrical concepts you need to understand and work withphotovoltaic systems.

    • Covers all aspects of home-scale solar-power systems
    • Viable resource for professionals, students, and technicallaymen
    • Can be used to study for the NABCEP exam

    Whether you're a building professional looking to expand yourbusiness and skills to meet the growing demand for solar powerinstallation or are seeking a career in this rapidly expandingfield, Photovoltaic Design & Installation For Dummieshas you covered!

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    Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century, Revised & Updated

    Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century, Revised & Updated Lowest new price: $5.00
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    Author: Dick and James Strawbridge
    Brand: DK Publishing

    Take the proper steps to live more sustainably. Learn how to reduce waste, use wind and solar energy to power your home, and grow your own food. Written by BBC personalities Dick and James Strawbridge, this manual for the modern age is complete guide to a simpler, greener, and cleaner lifestyle.

    With step-by-step guidance and techniques, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century combines traditional skills and crafts with modern technological advances to help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

    Perfect for both urban and rural readers, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century has detailed illustrations and authoritative advice for tried-and-tested projects, including foraging for wild plants, finding natural remedies, composting, using green cleaners, and conserving energy at home. Learn how to can vegetables, garden in urban spaces, and the basics of animal husbandry.

    Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century is the perfect book to show you just how easy and rewarding green living can be with simple changes that have a major impact.

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    How to Be Good at Science, Technology, and Engineering

    How to Be Good at Science, Technology, and Engineering Lowest new price: $13.38
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    Author: DK

    With a visual approach to the STEM subjects, this book makes science easy to understand and shows kids how things work.

    From molecules and magnetism to rockets and radio waves, How to Be Good at Science, Technology, and Engineering makes complex scientific concepts simple to grasp. Dynamic, visual explanations break down even the trickiest of topics into small steps. Find out how a hot-air balloon rises, how erosion flattens mountains, how light waves zip through space, and how the human eye sees colors.

    Cool illustrations show the application of science in the real world: see how microchips, tractors, and suspension bridges work. "Try it out" boxes suggest ways children can see the science for themselves. Hands-on projects feature fun experiments to try at home or school: polish up old coins in vinegar, make an erupting volcano with baking soda, learn about different types of solutions, and more.

    With STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects ever more important in today's technological world, here is the perfect book to inspire and educate kids and prepare them for the future. All core curriculum areas of science are covered, including physics, biology, chemistry, earth science, and space science.

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