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The Renewable Energy Handbook: The Updated Comprehensive Guide to Renewable Energy and Independent Living [Paperback]

William Kemp
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1 Dec 2009

This revised edition of The Renewable Energy Handbook focuses on the unique requirements of off-grid living as well as using "green" energy for homeowners who remain connected to the electrical utility. The book contains chapters on:

  • Energy efficiency and economics
  • Home heating and cooling and domestic water heating
  • Photovoltaic, wind, and micro-hydro energy generation
  • Battery selection and inverters
  • Backup power, wireless communications, etc.

It includes comprehensive specifications for many of the products available in the market today.

Whether you are just curious or an industry expert, this handbook will show you how to stretch your energy dollars (doing much more with less) while powering your home with renewable energy. And, unlike fossil fuels or nuclear energy, renewable energy frees you from worry about dumping today's pollution on tomorrow's children.

Since its release in 2003, The Renewable Energy Handbook has been a top-selling technology book and is recognized as the best in its field.

This edition has been fully revised for 2010 and beyond. It has been increased in size to an easy-to-read 8 x 10 inch format, and it is augmented with hundreds of illustrations, line drawings, photographs, and appendices.

Author/engineer William H. Kemp is a leading expert in renewable energy technologies. He and his wife designed and built their own off-grid home, which has all the standard middle-class creature comforts while using no fossil-fuel energy. The author showcases an assortment of homes, including his own, to demonstrate real-world application of the technologies.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Aztext Press; Rev Upd edition (1 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098101321X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981013213
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 20 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William (Bill) Kemp, is V.P. Engineering of an energy sector corporation where he leads the development of low environmental impact hydroelectric and agricultural biogas systems. Bill is a leading expert in small and mid-scale renewable energy technologies. He is the author of four books and numerous articles. He and his wife live off-the-grid in Eastern Ontario.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book! 17 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
This book is excellent for anyone wishing to find out more about the use of small-scale renewable energy systems. Whether you are a student studying renewable energy or a homeowner looking to install a system, you will find this book indispensable.

The author provides a superb commentary on a wide range of renewable systems, and manages to capture the reader's attention from the first page to the last. Many pictures and diagrams are included to supplement the written explanations, and the book contains useful practical advice.

Most notably, the author has a clear aptitude and passion for renewable energy which will inspire any reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A complete reference 15 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
Though this book mainly focuses on north american conditions it is an in depth guide to alternative enegry. Not only on how to generate, but the theories behind and even how to store your energy. It includes a very descriptive section on batteries and on/off grid solutions!
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3.0 out of 5 stars UK power 5 Nov 2010
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Great little book, but seems to be more for the USA, and some of the references and its terminology are quirky, good for overall reference
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good all round book on energy independence! 17 Feb 2014
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I have researched energy independence for several years now and I found this book to be a very good collection of basically all the areas of energy independence that I have explored in this time. This is really good starting point as it contains information about many relevant aspects of getting off the grid. It is not very technical and can easily be digested by any interested reader.
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