Foreword

With mounting anxieties about climate change and the long-term outlook for energy, the role of renewable energy is becoming ever more critical. This book responds to these concerns by examining technologies ranging from microgeneration of power for individual homes to multi-megawatt technologies for base-load electricity. This second, enlarged edition reviews the latest advances in the technologies, as well as adding new case studies.

As the century progresses, the world will increasingly be subject to stress from global warming, an increasing population and the explosive economic growth of some developing countries. The social and economic survival of the planet will ultimately depend on the capacity of carbon neutral energy systems to replace reliance on fossil fuels. This book is a pointer to the technologies that will be able to help meet these changing requirements.

Lord Rogers of Riverside Founder of the Richard Rogers Partnership

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Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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