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50 Green Projects for the Evil Genius (Evil Genius)by Jamil Shariff
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50 Ways to Be a Green Evil Genius
Who knew being environmentally conscious would ever be considered evil? With 50 Green Projects for the Evil Genius, you'll have wicked fun while reducing your impact on the planet and saving money.
Using easy-to-find parts and tools, this do-it-yourself guide offers a wide variety of environmentally focused projects you can accomplish on your own. Topics covered include transportation, alternative fuels, solar, wind, and hydro power, home insulation, construction, and more. The projects in this unique guide range from easy to more complex and are designed to optimize your time and simplify your life
50 Green Projects for the Evil Genius Features step-by-step instructions for 50 environmentally friendly projects, complete with helpful illustrationsShows you how to design, build, and install your creationsAllows you to customize each project for your purposesRemoves the frustration factor-all required parts are listed, along with sources
50 Green Projects for the Evil Genius provides you with all the plans and schematics you need to: Dramatically improve the fuel efficiency of your carInsulate the windows in your homeBuild a worm compost binAudit your appliances with an energy meterBuild a water purifierSet up a rainwater collection systemCreate a solar water heaterConstruct a homopolar motorAssemble a solar module from PV cellsCreate a wind turbineAssemble your own weather-protected human-powered vehicleConvert your car to biodieselBuild a contained composite structure And more
Book News Annotation:
This guide for "evil geniuses" offers step-by-step instructions for 50 environmentally friendly projects such as insulating windows, building a compost bin, setting up a rainwater collection system and even creating a wind turbine as an alternative energy source. Shariff, a freelance environmental writer and consultant, begins by stating the benefits, precautions and objectives of each project before providing a materials list and detailed instructions. Photographs are included in each project to clarify the steps, and additional resources are also supplied at the end of each chapter. A foreword from former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin is included. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A valuable guide to building 50 projects that can be used to reduce environmental impact in everyday life
Bringing together a variety of environmental technologies in a single volume, 50 Green Projects for the Evil Genius offers you environmentally focused projects from disciplines ranging from biology to physics to architecture. Filled with over 100 detailed illustrations, the book presents practical projects that can be built, assembled, or installed by the non-specialist.
This challenging resource features projects covering a water purifier…solar space heaters… a water battery… wind power turbines… a worm compost bin… retrofitting insulation… a geodesic dome… an electric generator… a simple steam engine… an electric skateboard… an anaerobic digester for food and yard waste… and much more. The reference also contains a full plan, schematics, guidance on materials, and reference sources for each of the 50 projectsplus coupons for full project kits from third parties.
About the Author
Jamil Shariff is currently the deputy editor of Off-grid.net, a website that focuses on renewable energy technologies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction2. Environmentally Sensitive Buildings and materialsPassive solar design and wind catchers; Retrofitting insulation; Geodesic dome; A strawbale shelter; A sandbag (earthbag) shelter; The hexayurt 3. Using the SunSolar space heaters: Trickle water based space heater; A thermo-syphon air heater; A trombe wall Solar cooling; Using and installing solar electric (PV) and solar thermal water heaters on the roof of your house; Concentrating solar power 4. Power and ElectricityMeasuring torque; A simple electric generator; A linear alternator Simple electric batteries; A water battery 5. Using water: pumping, power, storage and drinkingSpiral water pump; Ram pump; Waterwheels; Pumps as turbines; Water purifier 6. Wind PowerSite selection and safety issues; Horizontal turbines; Vertical turbines 7. Dealing with WasteA worm compost bin; An aerated composter 8. Waste to EnergyAn anaerobic digester for your household food and yard waste; An anaerobic digester for your effluents 9. Power production from multiple heat sourcesA simple steam engine; A simple beta type stirling engine; A fluid-cylinder heat engine; Simple Rakine cycle engine; Sound engine; Moving cylinder and rotary heat engines 10. Fuels and TransportationWood gas digester; An electric skateboard; Vegetable oil in engines:Pressing your own oil with a simple oil press; Straight vegetable oil; Vegetable oil and kerosene; Biodiesel The fire-piston; Human powered and dry!:Working with fiberglass; Steel-frame and fabric; Building a Zote-foam fairing for your trike; Carbon-fibre and carbon-Kevlar 11. Conclusion
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