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Basics of Energy Efficient Living: A Beginners Guide to Home Energy and Home Energy
Savings by Loonie Wibberding.
Whether you're building a new house or have an existing one, "Basics of Energy Efficient Living" shares
the principles behind energy efficient living. Have you ever wondered: What is R-value? How much
energy could I get from my creek? Can I use alternative energy in the city? How much heat will it take
to keep my house warm? How much heat will I lose if I put in a bigger window? Learn what it takes to
save energy, then take the next step and collect your own. Find out how much energy you can get from
water, sun, wind, and wood. Discover how much energy you need by making an energy budget specific
for your house. Learn energy principles as you design a house step-by-step

Complete Idiot's Guide to Solar Power for Your Home by Dan Ramsey and David Hughes.
Solar Power (photovoltaics) is now a one-billion-dollar industry, and it’s poised to grow rapidly in the
near future as more pressure is placed on limited fossil fuel resources and as advances in solar
technology drive down the costs of residential solar systems. This book helps readers understand the
basics of solar power and other renewable energy sources, explore whether solar power makes sense
for them, what their options are, and what’s involved with installing various on and off-grid systems.
Fully illustrated, it covers every conceivable solar-power topic and concern, including updated
information on the increasing number of state rebate and incentive programs

Energy Autonomy by Hermann Scheer.
The new book from the internationally renowned author of The Solar Economy and A Solar Manifesto,
and named one of Time Magazine’s "Heroes of the Green Century." For 200 years industrial civilization
has relied on the combustion of abundant and cheap carbon fuels. But continued reliance has lead to
perilous consequences. On the one hand, the insecurity of relying on the world’s most unstable region-the Middle East--compounded by the imminence of Peak Oil, growing scarcity, and mounting prices. Yet
there is an answer: to make the transition to renewable sources of energy and to distributed,
decentralized energy generation. It is a model that has been proven, technologically, commercially and
politically, as Scheer comprehensively demonstrates.

including PV modules. renewable energy resources to heat and cool homes. The appendix in this book is particularly useful. with Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual.Got Sun? Go Solar by Rex A. Ewing and Doug Pratt.S. affordable. Government. The Homeowners Guide to Renewable Energy by Daniel D. Designing. the book then examines each practical energy option available to homeowners including solar energy. It then discusses energy conservation to slash energy bills and prepare for renewable energy options. installing and maintaining such systems requires knowledge and training. but there have been few easily accessible. as well as some helpful graphs. homeowners will scramble to cut their fuel bills. as well as detailed appendices on PV system maintenance. controllers and inverters. It also includes chapters on sizing photovoltaic systems. batteries. comprehensive guides to the subject. The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy tells you how. Chiras. and even to cook. Photovoltaics Design and Installation Manual by Solar Energy International (SEI). It contains some practical worksheets for estimating the size of the solar array you would need. to provide hot water and electricity. it also includes a section on using solar in combination with wind turbines. charts and maps. analyzing sites and installing PV systems. Solar Energy: Complete Guide to Solar Power and Photovoltaics (2 CD ROM Set) by U. A good introductory book on solar energy. install and maintain PV systems. The book contains an overview of photovoltaic electricity and a detailed description of PV system components. troubleshooting and solar insulation data for over 300 sites around the world. . oil and electricity rises. Two options for meeting the upcoming challenge are dramatic improvements in home energy efficiency and efforts to tap into clean. As the price of gas. It starts by outlining the likely impacts of fossil fuel shortages and some basic facts about energy. a world-class solar energy training and education provider-Solar Energy International (SEI)-has made available the critical information to successfully design. Now. Focusing carefully on specific strategies needed to replace specific fuels. These measures can result in huge savings and a level of energy independence.

on the basis of standard business and economic forecasting models . solar heating and lighting. Encyclopedic coverage of every practical aspect of solar power. Chiras Passive solar heating and passive cooling can provide comfort throughout and reduce or eliminate the need for fossil fuel. heating. energy-efficient home. Solar Power Your Home for Dummies by Rik DeGunther. electricity. Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the ground . or falling water to power your home? Or sell that renewable energy back to your utility company? Are you looking to build your dream eco-home? This fully updated classic of sustainable living technology from Real Goods. fund manager and former corporate buyout specialist Travis Bradford argues .This up-to-date and comprehensive electronic book on two CD-ROMs presents an incredible and totally revised collection of important documents and publications about solar energy. energy-efficient. and research is thoroughly covered in this incredible collection! Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry by Travis Bradford In Solar Revolution. and environmentally friendly backup heating system. tells how and gives you access to the world's most extensive selection of hardware to make it all happen. and how to employ green building materials in a naturally conditioned home.that over the next two decades solar energy will increasingly become the cheapest choice for cost electricity and energy applications. how to preserve indoor air quality in an airtight. the nation's largest solar retailer. wind. solar concentrating technology. and photovoltaic (PV) solar power cells. Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook by John Schaeffler Do you want to harvest sunlight. Readers will learn the principles of passive solar design and how to implement them. how to select a cost-effective. Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling by Daniel D. Solar Revolution outlines the path by which the transition to solar technology and sustainable energy practices will occur.

and evaluate where solar power would best benefit you. then presents the basics of solar water heating. You’ll also calculate what the return on your investment will be before you make any decisions. Solar Water Heating by Bob Ramlow and Benjamin Nusz. including an introduction to modern solar energy systems. and it is done all over the world. Solar Water Heating fills this gap. It reviews the history of solar water and space heating systems from prehistory to the present. Once you’ve decided on a project. you’ll see whether it’s best to hire a contractor or do it yourself. energy conservation and energy economics. the book goes on to cover types of solar collectors. hands-on guide is packed with tips for making your home more energy-efficient though solar power—and helping the planet at the same time. Solar Power Your Home For Dummies takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you! This friendly. You’ll see how to survey your home to determine your current household energy efficiency and use. Heating water with the sun is almost as old as humankind itself. including their advantages and disadvantages. Yet there are strangely few resources on the topic in North America. Drawing on the author's experience as an installer of these systems. solar water and space heating systems and solar pool heating systems.up.       Home Energy News Energy Blog The Big Energy Question Grantees About .

National Geographic has assembled some of the world's foremost researchers and scientists to help address the challenge.Photograph by Jim Richardson. Learn more about the Great Energy Challenge panel of advisors here. to learn more and do more—to change how we think about and consume energy so that we can all help tackle the big energy questions. a National Geographic conservation fellow and renowned biologist. That's why National Geographic. has launched the Great Energy Challenge. It's a call to action to become actively involved. Led by Thomas Lovejoy. the team of advisors will work together to identify and provide support for projects focused on innovative energy solutions. . National Geographic About the Great Energy Challenge Energy is an issue that touches every person on the planet. in partnership with Shell*. The Great Energy Challenge convenes and engages influential citizens and key energy stakeholders in solutions-based thinking and dialogue about our shared energy future.

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Stanford University [Click to enlarge image] . according to a new study. Credit: Colin Bailie.Stanford University Summary: Stacking perovskites onto a conventional silicon solar cell dramatically improves the overall efficiency of the cell. Share This  Email to a friend  Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn  Google+  Print this page This is a microscopic cross-section of a tandem solar cell made with two photovoltaic materials. perovskite and copper indium gallium diselenide. or CIGS.

"You simply put one solar cell on top of the other. silicon solar cells dominate the world market. iodide and methylammonium could convert sunlight into electricity with an efficiency of 3. but the power conversion efficiency of silicon photovoltaics has been stuck at 25 percent for 15 years. and you get more efficiency than either could do by itself. ." said study co-author Michael McGehee. Related Articles  Solar cell  Silicon  Supercell  Atmospheric circulation  Mobile phone  Protein The researchers describe their novel perovskite-silicon solar cell in this week's edition of the journal Energy & Environmental Science.8 percent. scientists showed that perovskites made of lead." McGehee said. "Making low-cost tandems is very desirable." One cost-effective way to improve efficiency is to build a tandem device made of silicon and another inexpensive photovoltaic material. it makes a lot of sense to use silicon for the bottom cell. researchers have achieved perovskite efficiencies above 20 percent. rivaling commercially available silicon solar cells and spawning widespread interest among silicon manufacturers. "We've been looking for ways to make solar panels that are more efficient and lower cost. a professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford. Since then." Perovskite is a crystalline material that is inexpensive and easy to produce in the lab. From a commercial standpoint. he said. according to a new study led by Stanford University scientists. In 2009.Stacking perovskites onto a conventional silicon solar cell dramatically improves the overall efficiency of the cell. Until recently. "Right now. we didn't have a good material for the top cell. then pervoskites came along.

you can start with a silicon module and add a layer of perovskite at relatively low cost." he said. "We used a sheet of plastic with silver nanowires on it." Remarkable efficiency For the experiment. "Colin had to figure out how to put a transparent electrode on the top so that some photons could penetrate the perovskite layer and be absorbed by the silicon at the bottom. you don't need a billion-dollar capital expenditure to build a new factory. while perovskite cells harvest only the visible part of the solar spectrum where the photons have more energy."Our goal is to leverage the silicon factories that already exist around the world. "No one had ever made a perovskite solar cell with two transparent electrodes. "With tandem solar cells. "By combining two cells with approximately the same efficiency. ." Bailie said. The results were impressive.7 percent on top of a low-quality silicon cell with an efficiency of just 11." Perovskites are easily damaged by heat and readily dissolve in water. Silicon solar cells generate electricity by absorbing photons of visible and infrared light. so Bailie did it manually." said Stanford graduate student Colin Bailie. co-lead author of the study.4 percent. Instead." Sunlight to electricity Solar cells work by converting photons of sunlight into an electric current that moves between two electrodes. you can get a very large efficiency boost." Bailie said. "Then we built a tool that uses pressure to transfer the nanowires onto the perovskite cell. "Absorbing the high-energy part of the spectrum allows perovskite solar cells to generate more power per photon of visible light than silicon cells. You just need to rub it to transfer the film." McGehee said. the Stanford team stacked a perovskite solar cell with an efficiency of a 12. This inherent instability ruled out virtually all of the conventional techniques for applying electrodes onto the perovoskite solar cell. A key roadblock to building an efficient perovskite-silicon tandem has been a lack of transparency. kind of like a temporary tattoo.

The researchers stacked a 12. Bowring. Journal Reference: 1. Unger. Greyson Christoforo. But if you expose perovskite to water or light it likely will degrade. We have a ways to go to show that perovskite solar cells are stable enough to last 25 years. Lee. McGehee added. Alberto Salleo. 2014. Sci.1039/C4EE03322A . Michael D." In another experiment.6 percent. it might be possible to upgrade conventional solar cells into higher-performing tandems with little increase in cost. "You can heat it to about 600 degrees Fahrenheit shine light on it for 25 years and nothing will happen.4 percent silicon cell to 17 percent as a tandem. Energy Environ. Norman Pellet. Colin D. Nguyen. The resulting tandem achieved an overall conversion efficiency of 18. Rommel Noufi. A big unanswered question is the long-term stability of perovskites. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.7 percent efficiency perovskite cell onto a CIGS cell with a 17 percent efficiency. That's what companies are excited about. Michael Grätzel. M." the authors wrote. William H. DOI: 10. Andrea R. Julian Burschka. if not all." McGehee said. In five to 10 years. My vision is that some day we'll be able to get low-cost tandems that are 25 percent efficient. Eva L." Story Source: The above story is based on materials provided by Stanford University. "Since most. Semitransparent perovskite solar cells for tandems with silicon and CIGS." he said. a remarkable relative efficiency increase of nearly 50 percent. of the layers in a perovskite cell can be deposited from solution. McGehee. Mailoa. Tonio Buonassisi."We improved the 11. the research team replaced the silicon solar cell with a cell made of copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS). "Such a drastic improvement in efficiency has the potential to redefine the commercial viability of low-quality silicon. Jungwoo Z. "Silicon is a rock. we could even reach 30 percent efficiency.. Jonathan P. Bailie.

In other words. This contract award shaved off 13 per cent from the lowest price at which Indian industry was willing to supply solar power. Delhi's power utilities were projecting to buy conventional power at an average unit price of Rs 5. 2014. For 2012-13. and India's largest source. Even as coal and natural gas become costlier. price to equal thermal power's in three years Shreya Jai. the MP…) Earlier this month.23AM IST Tags:      Tata Power| net worth| Natural gas| Insurability| gasoline  (More importantly. Its price prognosis is also better. More importantly. when Madhya Pradesh accepted the bid of Himgiri Energ y Ventures to supply solar power to the state grid at Rs 6.71. the drop is a steep 61 per cent. 04. solar is just 14 per cent above thermal. at Rs 6. the MP tender brought the price of solar power closer to the price of thermal power — produced from coal or gas. All this is taking the energy sector towards a game- . solar plants bask in free and ample sunshine and falling equipment prices.olar Power: Cost of production dropped 60%.5. it was a figure to note even by the industry's standards of smashing records by the season. over three years.5 a unit. ET Bureau Mar 17.

wind power has already achieved grid parity and solar is quite close. the spike came only in 2012.759 MW (See graphic).changing milestone: grid parity.170 MW. an early mover that has 850 MW of solar capacity at an investment of—11.000 crore up and running. "Keeping that as the grid parity price. held this January.5 per unit.000 crore. global renewable-energy players and fresh entrants with international funding. An early adopter. Like Germany. the government received bids for 2. The Central government is looking to increase capacity through the National Solar Mission. partner (clean energy). which has 36.000 crore in the pipeline for renewable power development. Ernst & Young. from 53 companies. since when its solar capacity has increased from 2. "Price bids in conventional power have been up to Rs 5 per unit. holding out an investment of Rs 5. Madhya Pradesh leads. or the situation where solar costs the same as conventional sources. . In its last round of bidding. according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. which gives a certain set of incentives to companies and aims to put up 22. Cheaper solar power Some countries are there. Also active are select states. It is followed by Gujarat. Among them were state power utilities." The ministry of new and renewable energy is projecting grid parity by 2017 -.5 MW to 1. from 2013 to 2017. three times the advertised requirement. Germany started seeing a spike in solar capacity from 2001. The jump in capacity is coming from the ongoing recalibration in tariffs. In India.000 MW of solar capacity by 2022.000 MW of solar capacity.five years ahead of its initial projection of 2022. with Rs 30. The second phase of the National Solar Mission. set the tariff at Rs 5." says Sanjay Chakrabarti. with some financial support from the government in the form of 'viability gap funding'.

"Solarbased products have a huge market in remote areas. which costs Rs 16-18 a unit — in UP." says Pradeep Khanna." The latest tenders floated by states—which don't offer viability gap funding. one fan and a mobilecharging point. the company's CEO & MD. Shubhra Mohanka. "Just as landline connections could not reach deeper pockets of the country but mobile phones did. He sees this reducing with equipment becoming cheaper. of 150 watts (powering 20 households) to 5 kilo watt (40 households and commercial use like water pumps) are being set up to independently power villages. joint secretary at the ministry of new and renewable energy. Households pay Rs 120 per month to run two bulbs." For example. Micro grids.5 per unit in Madhya Pradesh. "Our experiment with viability gap funding turned out to be successful. swimming pool heating. water pumps and other agri machines are increasingly coming in the solar option. "Looking at the current trend. which makes solar equipment. Ajay K Goel. does solar-powered garden lights. Maharishi Solar. A micro grid entails installing a small field of solar panels at a central location in a village. decentralised systems would serve the same purpose. feels adoption of solarbased products has parallels with telecom. says her company sold 10. Price bids stood at Rs 6. where they can easily replace costly diesel and kerosene. this power is released for seven hours to houses connected to the grid. "As more and more creative minds go into it. Sitapur and Unnao. Lucknow-based Naturetech Infra has installed micro grids in villages in districts of Uttar Pradesh. "Offgrid products have better reach in areas where grid connectivity is an issue." says Parag Shah. CEO of Tata Power Solar. for example. and competing fuels becoming costlier. director of Delhi-based Solid Solar. managing partner of Mahindra Partners and head of Mahindra cleantech division. but offer subsidised land or tax breaks —give a glimpse. particularly from China." he says. Delhi and Tamil Nadu last year. The panels generate solar power during the day and store it in batteries." he says. . AC and cooler. viability gap funding was about Re 1 per unit. Rs 7 in Rajasthan and Rs 8 in Punjab.000 solar inverters—a cleaner and cheaper back-up option than diesel. new technology development will take place. with foreign investment coming in. Solar is also diversifying into new spaces. including Gonda. Increasing consumer adoption Solar is also seeing increasing adoption at the consumer level.According to Tarun Kapoor. fridge. among other things. A solar ecosystem is taking shape. There are solar lanterns and street lights. Bihar. this amount would gradually go down. In the night. Inverters. er/2832/ http://www. .uk/article.VMMh3dLF-xQ http://www.ucsusa.renewableenergyworld.asp?uname=solar_mirror http://e360.