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The Earthscan Expert Guide to Solar Technology

Solar Technology: The Earthscan Expert Guide to Using Solar Energy for Heating, Cooling and Electricity is the definitive introduction to the topic.

About the book

"The perfect primer for anyone who wants to work with or simply learn more about solar technologies" - Nick Smith, Engineering and Technology Magazine.

This guide is the essential introduction to the subject, clearly explaining the extent and nature of the resource, the different technologies and practical applications, and their costs and benefits. It provides detailed yet easy-to-understand coverage of:

  • Passive solar building
  • Solar water heating
  • Solar space heating
  • Other solar thermal applications (such as cooling, pumping and desalination)
  • Grid-connected photovoltaics
  • Stand-alone photovoltaics
  • Concentrating solar power.

It takes a realistic but positive look at the historical development of solar practices and technologies in comparison to fossil fuels, and finds a bright future ahead for them as a chief means of combating climate change.

Highly illustrated in full colour, this is the perfect primer for anyone who wants to work with or simply learn more about solar technologies.

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Sustainable Home Refurbishment

While you're at it, why not order also a copy of the companion volume, Sustainable Home Refurbishment: The Earthscan Expert Guide to Retrofitting Homes for Efficiency - at 10% discount off the full price of £34.99.

Praise for this title:

"This is an excellent book - comprehensively-researched, powerfully-presented and crystal clear. It should be the first stop for anyone seeking objective advice in a field cluttered with misleading claims. I couldn't recommend it more strongly." - George Monbiot

"As the idea of radical retrofit of our existing housing stock gradually moves from geek-dom to chic-dom, this book is a must have for all involved in this burgeoning industry. This book is both for the capable amateur and the professionally engaged.
"There is all the detail you could wish for with a vast array of practical examples and materials. This is not a book for the total novice but is a life saver for anyone on the road to radical retrofit.
"We can't recommend it highly enough. David has managed to make the book a good and interesting ready whilst managing to get all the necessary hard-core energy information in there as well." - Penney Poyzer (tv presenter, writer, Queen of Green, grass roots activist) and Gil Schalom (architect) .

Solar Technology, The Earthscan Expert Guide to Using Solar Energy for Heating, Cooling and Electricity by David Thorpe

Solar Technology: The Earthscan Expert Guide to Using Solar Energy for Heating, Cooling and Electricity, published in October 2011.











Sustainable Home Refurbishment: The Earthscan Expert Guide to Retrofitting Homes for Efficiency by David Thorpe

Sustainable Home Refurbishment: The Earthscan Expert Guide to Retrofitting Homes for Efficiency, published by Earthscan in June 2010