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Great intro to sustainable energy options,
This review is from: Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air (Paperback)
For a clear introduction to sustainable energy sources, this book is a great resource. It takes a straightforward approach to discussing both major uses of energy in our present lifestyle and major sustainable energy sources that are being developed.
MacKay discusses all energy uses and sources in the same units, which makes it easy to compare the impact of different changes that we could make, whether those are expanding a new source of energy or reducing a current energy use. He also evaluates whether some of the most talked-about sustainable energy sources are actually realistic based on the resources that they would require; it's surprising to learn that renewable energy sources that are talked about as feasible if only they can be made cost-effective in fact may not be realistic.
The book is written in language that can easily be understood by someone without background in the relevant science, and in fact there are "bonus" sections with additional detail for the mathematically inclined. It is textbook-like at moments, but that is in keeping with its goals. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a primer to renewable energy discussions.