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By Peter Gevorkian

Design High-Performance substitute strength platforms for Buildings

A complete reference for architects and engineers, this GreenSource publication offers sensible layout and install instructions for probably the most commercially plausible replacement strength applied sciences. development fabrics, procedure deployment, usual installations, and environmental impression are covered.

Alternative strength platforms in development Design comprises info on LEED layout, power conservation, and solar energy financing and go back on funding. energy buy agreements (PPAs) and nationwide and foreign carbon cap and exchange also are mentioned. precious appendices comprise specified layout facts tables and licensed gear listings.

Alternative strength platforms in construction Design covers:

  • Solar strength method physics and technologies
  • California sun initiative program
  • Energy conservation
  • Passive heating sunlight technologies
  • Fuel mobilephone technology
  • Wind power technologies
  • Ocean power technologies
  • Hydroelectric and micro-hydro turbine power
  • Geothermal energy
  • Biofuel, biogas, and thermal depolymerization technologies
  • Fission- and fusion-type nuclear power
  • Air pollutants abatement

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11 Atmospheric cooling factors. Courtesy of United Nations Environmental Program/GRID-Arendal. period of time that the Vikings crossed the Atlantic Ocean, 500 years before Columbus, and settled in Greenland. On arrival, the Vikings found the land flourishing with vegetation, caribou, and myriad other flora and fauna. Historical evidence indicates that colonization and population of the new world continued to grow for nearly three centuries, after which a new era of climatic change, referred to as the little ice age, ushered in severe drops in global temperature.

Using a similar argument, rising temperatures caused by anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases could lead to retreating snow lines, revealing darker ground underneath. Consequently, the result would be increased absorption of sunlight and thus excess water vapor, methane, and CO2 generation. This eventually would act as significant positive feedback because increases in these levels would create an accelerated warming trend. Water vapor, unlike other major greenhouse gases, can act as a driving force, resulting in changing circulation patterns in the ocean or atmosphere.

One of the most fascinating aspects of solar cells is their ability to convert the most abundant and free forms of energy into electricity without moving parts or components and without producing any adverse forms of pollution that affect the ecosystem, as is associated with most known forms of nonrenewable energy production methods, such as fossil fuels, hydroelectric power, and nuclear energy plants. In this chapter we will review the overall solar energy conversion process, system configurations, and economics associated with the technology.

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