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The Solar Century: The Past, Present and World-changing Future of Solar Energy Paperback – 25 Jun 2009

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (25 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846688736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846688737
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 1.1 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeremy Leggett is founder and chairman of Solarcentury, a solar solutions company currently the UK's fastest growing private energy company. An author and advocate for renewables in the international media, including as a CNN Principal Voice, he has been described by the Observer as "Britain's most respected green energy boss."

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This is a remarkable book, which explains why we need a renewable-energy revolution and then explains the key role that solar energy can play. The book starts off with the basics, explaining what the sun is and how its energy is created. It then explains the various ways that we can capture that energy: from giant mirror-based solar thermal power stations in the desert through to cutting-edge thin-film photovoltaic panels that can be produced "by the roll".

The book covers peak oil and climate change, too, and covers the economics of solar: how the price is coming down much faster than most commentators realise, meaning that "grid parity" (when solar is a cheap as conventional electricity) is only a couple of years away.

Most inspiring is the "Visions" chapter, which looks forward to a world where solar energy is contributing to everything from air quality and education in the developing world through to a smart grid where electric cars store excess solar energy in their batteries to get around the intermittence of sunlight.

Fascinating stuff for anyone interested in energy, environment, architecture or science.
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I you have an interest in solar power this is the book for you. If you know someone who is interested buy them this book as a present.
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This is an interesting reference source, useful for getting the basics of this technology.
This book is not unique, but at least it is well presented with lots of pictures.
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Excellent information on the solar power technology and climate change
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