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By Schlager N., Weisblatt J.

ISBN-10: 0787694401

ISBN-13: 9780787694401

This three-volume set introduces researchers to concerns surrounding either present power resources and substitute power techniques. whereas there's major dialogue of the non-renewable assets now used to satisfy the vast majority of the world's strength wishes (oil, coal and average gas), the first concentration of the set is on more recent innovations to satisfy the ever-growing call for. those strategies comprise wind and solar power, gas cells, hydropower, geothermal strength and biomass strength. moreover, extra theoretical assets also are explored, together with chilly fusion, 0 aspect power and common forces. Entries speak about the technology in the back of the power resource, extraordinary scientists and clinical discoveries, present examples of use, and the problems, demanding situations and stumbling blocks to large-scale use. prepared alphabetically by way of access identify.

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The original purpose of the dam, however, was not to generate electricity but to irrigate one-half million acres of agricultural land. From 1966 to 1974 the power-producing ability of the dam was expanded with the addition of six new electrical generators. The scope of the Grand Coulee Dam amazes visitors. It is the largest concrete structure in the United States, at 11,975,521 cubic yards. 6 kilometers) long. At 550 feet (167 meters) tall, it is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty and more than twice the height of Niagara Falls.

Because of these improvements, more and more electrical needs in the United States were being met by hydroelectric power. The water in rivers and streams, though, is not the only water in motion. The oceans move too, and in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, efforts have been launched to tap the power contained in the oceans’ tides, waves, and currents. Fundamentally, Alternative Energy WATER ENERGY Richard Arkwright Richard Arkwright, the youngest of thirteen children, began his career as a barber’s apprentice.

They also prevent the downstream movement of silt, which is often rich in nutrients. Such facilities as tidal power-generating stations could have similar environmental impacts. The construction and operation of such facilities could have a serious impact on marine and coastal ecosystems, fisheries, and the like. They could disturb the silt on the ocean bed, with unintended consequences. Further, they could convert beautiful natural areas into eyesores. Another potential drawback to hydroelectric dams—or any water energy project—concerns ownership rights.

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