Alternative Energy Demystified

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November 13, 2006


Electronic book text, 322 pages


0071592636 / 9780071592635

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Main description

  • Will appeal to engineering and science students, teachers, consumers, and energy-related corporations
  • Covers the environment, transportation, efficiency, and cost

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Heating with Wood, Corn, and CoalChapter 2: Heating with Oil and GasChapter 3: Heating and Cooling with ElectricityChapter 4: Passive Solar HeatingChapter 5: Exotic Indoor Climate-Control MethodsChapter 6: Conventional PropulsionChapter 7: Propulsion with Methane, Propane, and BiofuelsChapter 8: Propulsion with Electricity, Hydrogen, and Fuel CellsChapter 9: Exotic Propulsion MethodsChapter 10: Electricity from Fossil FuelsChapter 11: Electricity from Water and WindChapter 12: Electricity from Atoms and the SunChapter 13: Exotic Electrification MethodsFINAL EXAMANSWERS TO QUIZ AND EXAM QUESTIONSAPPENDIX: SUGGESTED ADDITIONAL READINGINDEX

Author comments

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.

Back cover copy

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.

Copyright 2014 McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC


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