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Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy

Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy Lowest new price: $22.74
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Author: Richard Heinberg

One of GreenBiz's Six Best Sustainability Books of 2016 

The next few decades will see a profound energy transformation throughout the world. By the end of the century (and perhaps sooner), we will shift from fossil fuel dependence to rely primarily on renewable sources like solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal power. Driven by the need to avert catastrophic climate change and by the depletion of easily accessible oil, coal, and natural gas, this transformation will entail a major shift in how we live. What might a 100% renewable future look like? Which technologies will play a crucial role in our energy future? What challenges will we face in this transition? And how can we make sure our new system is just and equitable?

In Our Renewable Future, energy expert Richard Heinberg and scientist David Fridley explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the shift to renewable energy. Beginning with a comprehensive overview of our current energy system, the authors survey issues of energy supply and demand in key sectors of the economy, including electricity generation, transportation, buildings, and manufacturing. In their detailed review of each sector, the authors examine the most crucial challenges we face, from intermittency in fuel sources to energy storage and grid redesign. The book concludes with a discussion of energy and equity and a summary of key lessons and steps forward at the individual, community, and national level.

The transition to clean energy will not be a simple matter of replacing coal with wind power or oil with solar; it will require us to adapt our energy usage as dramatically as we adapt our energy sources. Our Renewable Future is a clear-eyed and urgent guide to this transformation that will be a crucial resource for policymakers and energy activists.

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Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems

Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems Lowest new price: $65.99
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Author: Gilbert M. Masters
Brand: Brand: Wiley

A solid, quantitative, practical introduction to a wide range of renewable energy systems—in a completely updated, new edition

The second edition of Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems provides a solid, quantitative, practical introduction to a wide range of renewable energy systems. For each topic, essential theoretical background is introduced, practical engineering considerations associated with designing systems and predicting their performance are provided, and methods for evaluating the economics of these systems are presented. While the book focuses on the fastest growing, most promising wind and solar technologies, new material on tidal and wave power, small-scale hydroelectric power, geothermal and biomass systems is introduced. Both supply-side and demand-side technologies are blended in the final chapter, which introduces the emerging smart grid. As the fraction of our power generated by renewable resources increases, the role of demand-side management in helping maintain grid balance is explored.

Renewable energy systems have become mainstream technologies and are now, literally, big business. Throughout this edition, more depth has been provided on the financial analysis of large-scale conventional and renewable energy projects. While grid-connected systems dominate the market today, off-grid systems are beginning to have a significant impact on emerging economies where electricity is a scarce commodity. Considerable attention is paid to the economics of all of these systems.

This edition has been completely rewritten, updated, and reorganized. New material has been presented both in the form of new topics as well as in greater depth in some areas. The section on the fundamentals of electric power has been enhanced, making this edition a much better bridge to the more advanced courses in power that are returning to many electrical engineering programs. This includes an introduction to phasor notation, more emphasis on reactive power as well as real power, more on power converter and inverter electronics, and more material on generator technologies. Realizing that many students, as well as professionals, in this increasingly important field may have modest electrical engineering backgrounds, early chapters develop the skills and knowledge necessary to understand these important topics without the need for supplementary materials.

With numerous completely worked examples throughout, the book has been designed to encourage self-instruction. The book includes worked examples for virtually every topic that lends itself to quantitative analysis. Each chapter ends with a problem set that provides additional practice. This is an essential resource for a mixed audience of engineering and other technology-focused individuals.

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Smart Power Anniversary Edition: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities

Smart Power Anniversary Edition: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities Lowest new price: $25.21
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Author: Peter Fox-Penner

Few industries in the U.S. are as stuck in the past as our utilities are. In the face of growing challenges from climate change and the need for energy security, a system and a business model that each took more than a century to evolve must now be extensively retooled in the span of a few decades. Despite the need, many of the technologies and institutions needed are still being designed or tested. It is like rebuilding our entire airplane fleet, along with our runways and air traffic control system, while the planes are all up in the air filled with passengers.

In this accessible and insightful book, Peter Fox-Penner considers how utilities interact with customers and how the Smart Grid could revolutionize their relationship. Turning to the supply side, he considers the costs of, and tradeoffs between, large-scale power sources such as coal plants and small-scale power sources close to customers. Finally, he looks at how utilities can respond to all of these challenges and remain viable, while financing hundreds of billions of dollars of investment without much of an increase in sales.

Upon publication, Smart Power was praised as an instant classic on the future of energy utilities. This Anniversary Edition includes up-to-date assessments of the industry by such leading energy experts as Daniel Estes and Jim Rogers, as well as a new afterword from the author. Anyone who is interested in our energy future will appreciate the clear explanations and the in-depth analysis it offers.

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Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation and Implementation, Third Edition

Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation and Implementation, Third Edition Lowest new price: $90.76
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Author: Francis Vanek
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A definitive guide to energy systems engineering―thoroughly updated for the latest technologies

Written by a team of experts in the industry, this comprehensive resource discusses fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy and lays out technology-neutral, portfolio-based approaches to energy systems. You will get complete coverage of all of the major energy technologies, including how they work, how they are quantitatively evaluated, what they cost, and their impact on the natural environment. The authors show how each technique is currently used―and offer a look into the future of energy systems engineering.


Thoroughly revised to include the latest advances, Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation and Implementation, Third Edition, clearly addresses project scope estimation, cost, energy consumption, and technical efficiency. Example problems demonstrate the performance of each technology and teach, step-by-step, how to assess strengths and weaknesses. Hundreds of illustrations and end-of-chapter exercises aid in your understanding of the concepts presented. Valuable appendices contain reference tables, unit conversions, and thermodynamic constants.


Coverage includes:
• Systems and economic tools
• Climate change and climate modeling
• Fossil fuel resources
• Stationary combustion systems
• Carbon sequestration
• Nuclear energy systems, including small-scale nuclear fusion
• Solar resources
• Solar photovoltaic technologies
• Active and passive solar thermal systems
• Wind energy systems and wind turbine designs for lower wind speeds
• Bioenergy resources and systems
• Waste-to-energy conversion
• Transportation energy technologies, including electric vehicles
• Systems perspective on transportation energy
• Creating the twenty-first-century energy system

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Alternative Energy Systems and Applications

Alternative Energy Systems and Applications Lowest new price: $68.30
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Author: B. K. Hodge

The comprehensive guide to engineering alternative and renewable energy systems and applications—updated for the latest trends and technologies 

This book was designed tohelp engineers develop new solutions for the current energy economy. To that end it provides technical discussions, along with numerous real-world examples of virtually all existing alternative energy sources, applications, systems and system components. All chapters focus on first-order engineering calculations, and consider alternative uses of existing and renewable energy resources. Just as important, the author describes how to apply these concepts to the development of new energy solutions. 

Since the publication of the critically acclaimed first edition of this book, the alternative, renewable and sustainable energy industries have witnessed significant evolution and growth. Hydraulic fracturing, fossil fuel reserve increases, the increasing popularity of hybrid and all-electric vehicles, and the decreasing cost of solar power already have had a significant impact on energy usage patterns worldwide. Updated and revised to reflect those and other key developments, this new edition features expanded coverage of topics covered in the first edition, as well as entirely new chapters on hydraulic fracturing and fossil fuels, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, and more.

  • Begins with a fascinating look at the changing face of global energy economy
  • Features chapters devoted to virtually all sources of alternative energy and energy systems
  • Offers technical discussions of hydropower, wind, passive solar and solar-thermal, photovoltaics, fuel cells, CHP systems, geothermal, ocean energy, biomass, and nuclear
  • Contains updated chapter review questions, homework problems, and a thoroughly revised solutions manual, available on the companion website

While Alternative Energy Systems and Applications, Second Edition is an ideal textbook/reference for advanced undergraduate and graduate level engineering courses in energy-related subjects, it is also an indispensable professional resource for engineers and technicians working in areas related to the development of alternative/renewable energy systems.

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Response Surface Methodology: Process and Product Optimization Using Designed Experiments (Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics)

Response Surface Methodology: Process and Product Optimization Using Designed Experiments (Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics) Lowest new price: $102.41
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Author: Raymond H. Myers

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“This new third edition has been substantially rewritten and updated with new topics and material, new examples and exercises, and to more fully illustrate modern applications of RSM.”

- Zentralblatt Math


Featuring a substantial revision, the Fourth Edition of Response Surface Methodology: Process and Product Optimization Using Designed Experiments presents updated coverage on the underlying theory and applications of response surface methodology (RSM). Providing the assumptions and conditions necessary to successfully apply RSM in modern applications, the new edition covers classical and modern response surface designs in order to present a clear connection between the designs and analyses in RSM.

With multiple revised sections with new topics and expanded coverage, Response Surface Methodology: Process and Product Optimization Using Designed Experiments, Fourth Edition includes:

  • Many updates on topics such as optimal designs, optimization techniques, robust parameter design, methods for design evaluation, computer-generated designs, multiple response optimization, and non-normal responses
  • Additional coverage on topics such as experiments with computer models, definitive screening designs, and data measured with error
  • Expanded integration of examples and experiments, which present up-to-date software applications, such as JMP®, SAS, and Design-Expert®, throughout
  • An extensive references section to help readers stay up-to-date with leading research in the field of RSM

An ideal textbook for upper-undergraduate and graduate-level courses in statistics, engineering, and chemical/physical sciences, Response Surface Methodology: Process and Product Optimization Using Designed Experiments, Fourth Edition is also a useful reference for applied statisticians and engineers in disciplines such as quality, process, and chemistry.

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Whole Earth Field Guide (MIT Press)

Whole Earth Field Guide (MIT Press) Lowest new price: $18.81
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A source book for American culture in the 1960s and 1970s: "suggested reading" from the Last Whole Earth Catalog, from Thoreau to James Baldwin.

The Whole Earth Catalog was a cultural touchstone of the 1960s and 1970s. The iconic cover image of the Earth viewed from space made it one of the most recognizable books on bookstore shelves. Between 1968 and 1971, almost two million copies of its various editions were sold, and not just to commune-dwellers and hippies. Millions of mainstream readers turned to the Whole Earth Catalog for practical advice and intellectual stimulation, finding everything from a review of Buckminster Fuller to recommendations for juicers. This book offers selections from eighty texts from the nearly 1,000 items of "suggested reading" in the Last Whole Earth Catalog.

After an introduction that provides background information on the catalog and its founder, Stewart Brand (interesting fact: Brand got his organizational skills from a stint in the Army), the book presents the texts arranged in nine sections that echo the sections of the Whole Earth Catalog itself. Enlightening juxtapositions abound. For example, "Understanding Whole Systems" maps the holistic terrain with writings by authors from Aldo Leopold to Herbert Simon; "Land Use" features selections from Thoreau's Walden and a report from the United Nations on new energy sources; "Craft" offers excerpts from The Book of Tea and The Illustrated Hassle-Free Make Your Own Clothes Book; "Community" includes Margaret Mead and James Baldwin's odd-couple collaboration, A Rap on Race. Together, these texts offer a sourcebook for the Whole Earth culture of the 1960s and 1970s in all its infinite variety.

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Dwelling in Resistance: Living with Alternative Technologies in America (Nature, Society, and Culture)

Dwelling in Resistance: Living with Alternative Technologies in America (Nature, Society, and Culture) Lowest new price: $91.00
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Author: Chelsea Schelly
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Most Americans take for granted much of what is materially involved in the daily rituals of dwelling. In Dwelling in Resistance, Chelsea Schelly examines four alternative U.S. communities—“The Farm,” “Twin Oaks,” “Dancing Rabbit,” and “Earthships”—where electricity, water, heat, waste, food, and transportation practices differ markedly from those of the vast majority of Americans.
 
Schelly portrays a wide range of residential living alternatives utilizing renewable, small-scale, de-centralized technologies. These technologies considerably change how individuals and communities interact with the material world, their natural environment, and one another. Using in depth interviews and compelling ethnographic observations, the book offers an insightful look at different communities’ practices and principles and their successful endeavors in sustainability and self-sufficiency.
 

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The Energy Evolution: Harnessing Free Energy From Nature (Ecotechnology)

The Energy Evolution: Harnessing Free Energy From Nature (Ecotechnology) Lowest new price: $22.18
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Author: Viktor Schauberger

Nature produces energy by slow, cool, implosive means - by a centripetal inward motion, while our present culture uses explosive centrifugal (outwards) movement, which is wasteful and many times less powerful and effective. It also uses up the Earth's resources and pollutes her ecosystems. This volume describes different kinds of energy machines which depend on the principle of implosion: a spring water-producing machine a tornado home energy generator a Klimator which produces mountain-quality air the biotechnical submarine a technique for producing power from ocean deeps

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Commercial Energy Auditing Reference Handbook, Second Edition

Commercial Energy Auditing Reference Handbook, Second Edition Lowest new price: $164.29
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Author: Steve Doty

Updated and expanded, this edition includes new material on early replacement business justification, lease arrangements and effect on ECM project interest, coordinating upstream/downstream set points, semiconductor fab multi-stage HVAC air tempering, commissioning, HVAC overlapping heating and cooling, and much more. The book begins with the premise that when commercial facilities are subdivided into categories based on business type, many useful patterns can be identified that become generally applicable to the performance of an effective energy audit. The author discusses procedures and guidelines for a wide range of business and building types, such as schools and colleges, restaurants and fast food, hospitals and medical facilities, grocery stores, laboratories, lodging, apartment and office buildings, retail, public safety, data centers, churches and religious facilities, libraries, laundries, and warehouses. He also covers all focal areas of the building energy audit and assessment, including building envelope, lighting, HVAC, controls, heat recovery, thermal storage, electrical systems, and utilities.

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