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Energy revolution : the physics and the promise of efficient technology

Author: Mara Goff Prentiss
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Energy can be neither created nor destroyed -- but it can be wasted. The United States wastes two-thirds of its energy, including 80 percent of the energy used in transportation. So the nation has a tremendous opportunity to develop a sensible energy policy based on benefits and costs. But to do that we need facts -- not hyperbole, not wishful thinking. Mara Prentiss presents and interprets political and technical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mara Goff Prentiss
ISBN: 9780674725027 0674725026
OCLC Number: 876000027
Description: viii, 341 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: U.S. energy use : Past, present, and future --
Overview of renewable energy --
Electric power for a renewable future --
Electricity from water --
Electricity from wind --
Electricity from the sun --
Combining renewable energy sources --
Distributing electricity --
Conserving energy --
Storing energy --
Consequences of consuming energy --
Conclusion: A renewable future --
Appendix A: Carnot efficiency --
Appendix B: Electricity from heat --
Appendix C: Recommended steps toward a renewable future.
Responsibility: Mara Prentiss.

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Using full-color visualizations of key concepts and data, Mara Prentiss interprets government reports, technology, and basic physical laws to advance a bold claim: wind and solar power alone could  Read more...

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