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Alternative Energy For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-53706-0
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384 pages
April 2009
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Introduction.

Part I: The Basic Facts of Energy Life.

Chapter 1: What a Mess!

Chapter 2: What Energy Is and How It’s Used (Politically and Practically).

Chapter 3: Putting Together Each Piece of the Energy Puzzle.

Part II: Digging Deeper into the Current State of Affairs.

Chapter 4: Developing a Snapshot of Fossil Fuel Use and Availability.

Chapter 5: Burning Up with Conventional Energy Sources.

Chapter 6: The First Alternative-Energy Sources: Effi ciency and Conservation.

Chapter 7: Understanding the Demand For Alternatives.

Part III: Alternatives — Buildings.

Chapter 8: Going Nuclear.

Chapter 9: Harnessing the Sun with Solar Power.

Chapter 10: Treading Water with Hydropower.

Chapter 11: Blowing Away with Wind Power.

Chapter 12: Digging into Geothermal.

Chapter 13: Exploring Biomass.

Chapter 14: Burning Wood.

Chapter 15: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies.

Part IV: Alternatives — Transportation.

Chapter 16: Alternative Transport Technologies.

Chapter 17: Alternative-Fuel Vehicles.

Chapter 18: Plugging In: Electric Vehicles.

Chapter 19: Hybrid-Electric Vehicles.

Chapter 20: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles.

Chapter 21: Exotic Propulsion Systems.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten or So Myths about Energy.

Chapter 23: Ten-Plus Ways to Invest in an Alternative-Energy Future.

Index.

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