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The Solar Fraud: Why Solar Energy Won't Run the World, Second Edition 2nd Edition
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In fact, the data and conclusions the author brings forward are cold harsh reality that might shatter a dream or two. This is good. Dreams that cannot come true but distract us from reality have to be shattered, the sooner the better. Making energy manageable will take enough efforts as it is, and distractions must be done away with. Especially people who think they want to do something 'green' but haven't really thought about it might want to read this book. Policy makers would do well to read it. Even the advocates of alternative energy might, if only to think about how to counter the author's arguments.
The use of language in this book is rather informal, as if it were a conversation being held around the coffee table. I imagine the author making his statements with a loud voice and with little room for misunderstanding his words. In fact, this is part of what annoys me about this book. It seems that the author has a great dislike of certain individuals or groups. The strength of the facts and explanation of the facts is undermined greatly by this. An author who makes a point of seeming to be biased can be dismissed too easily by his opponents. That would be bad in the case of Howard Hayden because his words need to be heeded especially by policy makers who are likely to waste tax money on unrealistic projects.Read more ›
The author, Howard Hayden, would seem, from his bio, to have fine academic underpinnings - Ph.D in physics from the University of Denver, with an undergrad engineering background (and presumably some academic exposure to reasoning and sound argument), Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Connecticut,research in accelerator-based atomic physics, published research related to special-relativity theory. [...]
Yes, he does offer a range of most interesting and informative charts and diagrams, and SOME very insightful comments on a wealth of included energy-related data (that, I trust, is at least mostly accurate). [...]
(For just one example, in Chapter 4, a series of "Questions for Inquiring Minds", he addresses Seasonal Variations [in available solar energy], concluding with the [rhetorical?] questions: "Is there any way to use the summer sun to provide winter heat and winter electricity? And, if so, why isn't such a system available?" In point of fact, a number of "annualized" solar-heat storage techniques HAVE been evolved in recent years (since 1970)..."passive annual heat storage" (PAHS) and "annualized geo-solar" (AGS) as well as others...and are "available"...the Drake Landing Solar Community in Alberta, Canada is one such project, currently marketing 52 homes heated by a shared system of this type, and described in detail on its internet website.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are far too many digressions in this book. It's about halfway through the book before it starts even discussing the main topic.
Some of the book is convincing. Read more
Guess your book wasn't so good at predicting future events huh? Solar panes have come down in price by 75% since this book was written.Published on January 23, 2014 by Troy Whitney
I have taught an elective semester course in Renewable Energy at 3rd year level at the University of Pretoria. Read morePublished on July 24, 2010 by Bernhard
Despite the more recent and popular book "Sustainable Energy - without the hot air" by Prof. David McKay, the more acerbic "The Solar Fraud" is still a good investment. Read morePublished on April 18, 2010 by Brian H. Fiedler
There is an old adage that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That adage is especially applicable to solar energy. Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by Jay Lehr
Don't tell the Germans or the Japanese that solar is a fraud. They would have to roll-back a multi-billion dollar solar industry and pay more for dirty coal/oil/nuclear energy. Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by Solar Man
When this book has this in a sentence, "... during the foreshortened regime of Gov. Gray Davis..." I consider the entire book suspect. Read morePublished on September 5, 2009 by Grelvik Green
There are two technologies that meet the 'holy grail' of supplying 100% clean energy at a price comparable or less than the grid:
a)Concentrated solar (CPV), using... Read more
What this book proves is that marketing is more powerful than product. The author definitely has a good grasp of technical and theoretical concepts. Read morePublished on March 24, 2009 by Green Guru