Renewable Energy Handbook A Guide to Rural Independence, off-Grid and Sustainable Living

ISBN-10: 0973323329
ISBN-13: 9780973323320
Edition: 2nd 2005
Author(s): William H. Kemp
Description: As oil prices continue to rise, many people are starting to think about how to unhook from the power grid. The Renewable Energy Handbook focuses completely on off-grid, sustainable living and energy independence in a rural setting. Author William  More...
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Edition: 2nd
Copyright Year: 2005
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 567
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

As oil prices continue to rise, many people are starting to think about how to unhook from the power grid. The Renewable Energy Handbook focuses completely on off-grid, sustainable living and energy independence in a rural setting. Author William Kemp and his wife designed their own high-efficiency off-grid home in 1991. They worked methodically to produce a home which has all of the standard "middle-class" creature comforts while using six times less heating, cooling, and electrical energy than the average Ontario home. Soon they were inundated with inquiries and decided to put their experience into book form in 2003. This updated edition focuses specifically on off-grid concerns and contains chapters on: _ Energy conservation _ Heating and cooling _ Photovoltaic, wind and microhydro energy generation _ Battery selection, voltage regulation and inverters _ Backup power Twice the page count of the first edition, it also includes enhanced chapters on home and domestic water heating, wireless communications and biofuels. A "Showcase of Homes" chapter provides a tour of various off-grid cottages and homes, and details the type of lifestyle that can be achieved for a given capital cost. The book is augmented with appendices and hundreds of illustrations, line drawings and photographs. William Kemp is VP Engineering of Powerbase Automation Systems Inc. and a consulting electronics/software designer who develops control systems for low environmental impact hydroelectric utilities worldwide. He is a sustainable living and clean energy advocate working in renewable energy heating, energy efficiency, photovoltaic, microhydro and wind electric systems.

Introductionp. 1
Energy efficiencyp. 29
A primer for off-grid livingp. 105
A showcase of selected off-grid homesp. 123
Space heating and cooling with renewable energyp. 159
Photovoltaic electricity generationp. 235
Electricity from the windp. 257
Micro hydro electricity productionp. 289
Battery selection and designp. 313
D.C. voltage regulationp. 331
D.C. to A.C. conversion using invertersp. 345
Fossil-fueled backup power sourcesp. 359
Putting it all together safelyp. 371
Pools and hot tubs powered by solp. 401
Communications beyond the "end of the line"p. 429
Biofuelsp. 449
Living with renewable energyp. 519
Conclusionp. 527
Cross reference chart of various fuel energy ratingsp. 529
Typical power and electrical ratings of appliances and toolsp. 530
Resource guidep. 532
Magnetic declination map for North Americap. 542
North America sun hours per day (worst month)p. 543
North America sun hours per day (best month)p. 544
Electrical energy consumption work sheetp. 545
North America average annual wind speedp. 546
Polyethylene SDR pipe friction lossesp. 547
PVC class 160 pipe friction lossesp. 548
Voltage, current and distance charts for 12, 24, and 48 volt generation systemsp. 549
Wire sizes versus current carrying capacityp. 550
A few words on toilets, greywater, and waste managementp. 551
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