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Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air (2008)

by David J. C. MacKay

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Technical Library - shelved at: B80
  HB-Library-159 | Oct 19, 2016 |
shelved in: Technical Library - at: B80
  HB-Library | Feb 14, 2016 |
http://www.withouthotair.com/ recommended by Jeff Emanuel
  baranovv | Mar 27, 2013 |
Professor MacKay's book has been available for a few years now and it still remains one of the most relevant and important books that is available on the subject of energy. The book is specific to the UK, but also covers a large amount of data from the US to the rest of Europe and parts of the Middle East as well. Mr. MacKay creates a very important metric to be able to compare energy consumption from all the various sectors and from all the countries from around the globe regardless of economic status. This metric is called the "kWh per day per person," which sounds complicated at first, but part of the brilliance of this book is the simple conversion of very complicated energy formulas into the very easy to understand metric that was just mentioned.

The heavy technical information is separated into chapters in the second half of the book that also correspond directly to some of the chapters in the first half of the book. This allows for easy reading by individuals that are more concerned with the broad overall picture, while those who are interested in the raw calculations, including myself, can gain additional knowledge with the technical formulas in the secondary chapters. Very descriptive graphics also assist the technical formulas for those that prefer more visuals. As someone that has read a significant amount of data heavy reports and books regarding energy, and also written about energy as well ("Great Ball of Fire! Energy Consumption and Economic Growth" and "Generating Electricity From,, A Low Cost Solar Thermal Electricity Design), I always find myself placing MacKay's Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air near the top of the list for recommended books on energy.

The "kWh per day per person" is an extremely important energy metric that will probably be used for many years to come for energy consumption and energy production calculations. If you are new to the world of energy, this book is a great place to start. If you are already familiar with energy, you would enjoy the way that data heavy calculations have been delivered in an easy to use metric. After you have read every single word that is contained in this book and have a good comprehension of the information, you could probably move on to more advanced materials from someone such as Vaclav Smil, who has several books available from Amazon.

David JC MacKay has accomplish something that is not easy to do, he has taken very complicated and data heavy material and made that material easy to comprehend by individuals that do not have the same background and training as Professor MacKay. I look forward to any more material that is released from this author.
  Mark_Cann | Aug 4, 2012 |
A book you can read for free at this website! It's a few years old but still an interesting read. In the first section of the book, he estimates approximately how much energy we (in the UK) use for various things like heating, transport, etc. and how much energy could feasibly be generated by the use of various renewable resources, and shows that it's totally impossible for us to live as we are with only renewables. He then talks about methods for reducing our power requirements (smart metering, electric cars and so on) and the feasability of buying energy from other countries' renewable resources (eg covering parts of the Sahara in solar panels), as well as looking at nuclear power. He then outlines some possible plans for combinations of renewable, nuclear and imported energy which would "add up", and finishes off with some technical chapters which elaborate on the first section. It's really readable and the maths and tech parts are easy to follow, especially if you skip the technical chapters. ( )
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This book is based on a lecture by David MacKay, Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK. He addresses energy issues at a macro and micro scale with the Harvard University community and beyond.

Watch the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFosQt...
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Provides an overview of the sustainable energy crisis that is threatening the world's natural resources, explaining how energy consumption is estimated and how those numbers have been skewed by various factors and discussing alternate forms of energy that can and should be used.… (more)

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