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Alternative Energy: Facts, Statistics, and Issues (Alternative Energy) 1st Edition

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From Library Journal

A former reference librarian and the author of The Statistical Handbook on Technology, Berinstein here applies her statistical expertise to an analysis of alternative energy. The opening history of energy use includes coverage of conventional energy (coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric) and a time line dating from 1767 through 2000. The next section includes a balanced discussion of the economics of renewable energy, with separate chapters covering the major alternatives: solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, biomass, wind, ocean and tidal, fusion, geothermal, and hydrogen. Each chapter includes an overview as well as treatment of equipment needs, economics, incentives, environmental considerations, and developments in the area. Throughout, Berinstein reiterates that not all alternative energy is harmless to the environment. The work contains 85 tables (mainly from the U.S. Department of Energy) that cover measures such as emissions, consumption, fuel costs, operating costs, and production, to name just a few. The layout is attractive, with pictures, diagrams, and numerous "At a Glance" information boxes complementing the text. While the statistical information may be a bit overwhelming to the lay reader for whom this book is intended, having so much data in one volume is very handy. Of interest to academic and public library patrons; researchers in industry libraries will find the numbers useful. Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"Paula Berinstein's handbook is an excellent resource with a myriad of uses. This guide acts as a quick, ready reference for specialists in physics and alternative energies, but it also doubles as a thorough overview of alternative energies for the novice....This handy guide would be suitable for any science collection, whether in an academic library, public library, or high school media center. It is a very easily employed resource that would serve many reference collections well."-E-STREAMS

..."a one-stop resource for information about alternative energy and the context in which it operates. Readers can access the most current research in the area, including the companies that are heavily engaged in it."-Business Horizons

"Berinstein's writing is clear, and she provides many charts and illustrations from a variety of sources, along with glossaries, bibliographies, and an index, all of which make finding detailed information a simple task. All levels."-Choice

"The layout is attractive, with pictures, diagrams, and numerous "At a Glance" information boxes complementing the text....having so much data in one volume is very handy. Of interest to academic and public library patrons; researchers in industry libraries will find the numbers useful."-Library Journal

"Well organized and well written, with abundant tables and figures, a glossary, and a modest bibliography, this accessible work should appeal to general audiences as well as provide information to specialists. It is, moreover, mercifully free of the polemic and finger-pointing that too often characterizes books on this subject."-American Reference Books Annual

?...a one-stop resource for information about alternative energy and the context in which it operates. Readers can access the most current research in the area, including the companies that are heavily engaged in it.?-Business Horizons

?Berinstein's writing is clear, and she provides many charts and illustrations from a variety of sources, along with glossaries, bibliographies, and an index, all of which make finding detailed information a simple task. All levels.?-Choice

?The layout is attractive, with pictures, diagrams, and numerous "At a Glance" information boxes complementing the text....having so much data in one volume is very handy. Of interest to academic and public library patrons; researchers in industry libraries will find the numbers useful.?-Library Journal

?Well organized and well written, with abundant tables and figures, a glossary, and a modest bibliography, this accessible work should appeal to general audiences as well as provide information to specialists. It is, moreover, mercifully free of the polemic and finger-pointing that too often characterizes books on this subject.?-American Reference Books Annual

?This excellent handbook writes its own very accurate review in its preface: "While a mountain of information about alternative energy exists, laying one's hands on a concise summary of the state of the art remains difficult. Hence, this volume, which gathers disparate and scattered information, provides a pithy overview of the industry, and the context in which it operates..,."well documented, and very interesting volume.?-SB & F

?Paula Berinstein's handbook is an excellent resource with a myriad of uses. This guide acts as a quick, ready reference for specialists in physics and alternative energies, but it also doubles as a thorough overview of alternative energies for the novice....This handy guide would be suitable for any science collection, whether in an academic library, public library, or high school media center. It is a very easily employed resource that would serve many reference collections well.?-E-STREAMS

.,."a one-stop resource for information about alternative energy and the context in which it operates. Readers can access the most current research in the area, including the companies that are heavily engaged in it."-Business Horizons

"This excellent handbook writes its own very accurate review in its preface: "While a mountain of information about alternative energy exists, laying one's hands on a concise summary of the state of the art remains difficult. Hence, this volume, which gathers disparate and scattered information, provides a pithy overview of the industry, and the context in which it operates..,."well documented, and very interesting volume."-SB & F
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Product Details

  • Series: Alternative Energy
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; 1st edition (June 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573562483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573562485
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,796,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Calloway on November 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Folks, This is a great read, especially if you are concerned about present day conditions with oil and climate issues. Also feel free to visit: [...] to help with these perplexing problems that are approaching us at a breakneck speed.
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