Synopses & Reviews
There's no better time (or easier way) to LEARN about ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
Thinking about heating your home with solar power but don't know how it really works? Wondering what makes hybrid cars run? Alternative Energy Demystified shines the light on the various energy sources and technologies available today.
The book begins by covering a wide range of heat sources, including wood, corn, coal, oil, gas, electricity, and solar heat. Propulsion methods are discussed next, including gasoline, methane, ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen, fuel cells, and more. Electricity from fossil fuels, water, wind, atoms, and other sources is also covered. Featuring end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam, this illuminating guide explains the technical basics of many different forms of energy: some that may surprise you!
This self-paced guide gives you:
- A thorough overview of the various sources of energy
- To-the-point explanations and detailed illustrations
- A quiz at the end of each chapter to reinforce learning and pinpoint weaknesses
- A final exam at the end of the book
- A time-saving approach to performing better on an exam or at work!
Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Alternative Energy Demystified is your shortcut to a working knowledge of this timely topic.
The fast and easy way to get up-to-speed on alternative energy
Because of current events, geopolitics, and natural disasters, the cost of fuel is front and center in our lives. This book provides a concise look at all forms of energy, including fossil fuels, electric, solar, biodiesel, nuclear, hydroelectric, wind, and renewable fuel cells. You will get explanations, definitions, and analysis of each alternative energy source from a technological point of view.
About the Author
Stan Gibilisco is one of McGraw-Hill's most prolific and popular authors. His clear, reader-friendly writing style makes his books accessible to a wide audience, and his experience as an electronics engineer, researcher, and mathematician makes him an ideal editor for reference books and tutorials. Stan has authored several titles for the McGraw-Hill Demystified library of home-schooling and self-teaching volumes, along with more than 30 other books and dozens of magazine articles. His work has been published in several languages.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Heating with Wood, Corn, and Coal
Chapter 2: Heating with Oil and Gas
Chapter 3: Heating and Cooling with Electricity
Chapter 4: Passive Solar Heating
Chapter 5: Exotic Indoor Climate-Control Methods
Chapter 6: Conventional Propulsion
Chapter 7: Propulsion with Methane, Propane, and Biofuels
Chapter 8: Propulsion with Electricity, Hydrogen, and Fuel Cells
Chapter 9: Exotic Propulsion Methods
Chapter 10: Electricity from Fossil Fuels
Chapter 11: Electricity from Water and Wind
Chapter 12: Electricity from Atoms and the Sun
Chapter 13: Exotic Electrification Methods
ANSWERS TO QUIZ AND EXAM QUESTIONS
APPENDIX: SUGGESTED ADDITIONAL READING