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Solar Energy Projects for the Evil Genius 1st Edition
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He lives near Machynlleth, Wales and is a Trustee of the Centre for Alternative Technology; an educational charity which seeks to inform the public about sustainable technologies.
Gavin holds two honours degrees in Engineering & Technology from the Open University. A Masters degree in Sustainable Technology from the University of East London, another in Renewable Energy from Loughborough University another in Business Research from Cardiff University and an MBA from Keele University.
He is concluding his Doctoral Research at Cardiff University into the Business Models Manufacturers are using to introduce Zero Emissions Vehicles to the UK and hopes to return to writing books again shortly afterwards!
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The book begins by discussing the reasons to develop devices powered by solar energy. Economics and efficiency comparisons are made to standard energy sources. Among the projects discussed are two model solar water heating systems, a solar oven for cooking food, a basic solar water distiller, and a simple solar furnace. The solar furnace generates temperatures high enough that paper products can be ignited and low temperature metals can be liquified. Information is included on commercial solar furnaces. Next readers are shown how to build a simple thermoelectric generator that transforms heat into electricity. You are shown how to power the generator using the solar furnace from a previous chapter. Next readers are shown how to build a homemade photovoltaic cell using a copper sheet. Photovoltaic cells generate electricity directly from sunlight. This is followed by an advanced photovotaic cell construction project. Here you make a solar cell that uses photochemistry to mimic photosynthesis using photosensitive dyes that promise cheap solar electric power. The reader is taught how to build a solar engine, which is useful for tasks such as pumping water for storage and irrigation.Read more ›
The only reason I give this book more than 1 star is that there are at least a couple of projects that I haven't encountered online--so it seems to be at least somewhat original.
As others have mentioned the projects are missing key details and can hardly be called projects. Most projects consist of one page or less detailing how the item is supposed to work and construction techniques.
Technical drawings consist of basic outlines and the photos printed in the book are of terrible resolution (remember the days of 1 megapixel cameras and vga dispaly? think that kind of quality)
The book seems meant to give a very cursory knowledge of solar energy and its uses; if you already have a basic idea of how solar panels work and what they can be used for I suggest you flip through this book at the library or bookstore before purchasing it. Many of the projects in the book are simply taken from other sources, most of them available free online, and though credit is given where it's due it can hardly be considered an original text.
100% a great book to check out of the library and return in 3 days once you have seen what it offers.
The only spark of "genius" shown here is that Mr. Gavin D.J. Harper was able to convince a publisher to actually print this manuscript. It throws into question McGraw Hill's reputation.
No more Gavin D.J. Harper for me.
[Note: the illustration of the title page shows "30 projects" while the cover of the book sent to me indicates "50 projects"]
Solar Energy Projects for the Evil Genius
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Meh. Some of the projects advertised on the back cover never materialized inside the book. Maybe I should try a book on solar projects for grown ups BY a grown up! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cathy lemen
I felt some instructions were a little vague but otherwise a great starter and after all this is the age of the internet so if things are unclear then you can go to Make. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jill Joiner
This book is liberal propaganda that spends quite a long time spouting how the world is dying, there won't be any fossil fuels because of how much they've been "wasted" the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Denver F
It's like nobody edited this book. And even a pimply nerd isn't going to equate making sugar crystals and making silicon crystals. Read morePublished 22 months ago by A A Stone
Definitely a must if you are working on a solar project for school. Couldn't find books halfway decent from the local libraries; so definitely need this book.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
As an electrical engineer, I'm not impressed. Maybe my hopes were too high, but a lot of what's here strikes me as hobbyist and I would have liked to have seen this writer get... Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by practical_tactical