Santa Barbara, Califirnia, Denver, Colorado, Oxford, England: Libraries Unlimited An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2011. — 192 p. — ISBN: 978-1-59884-579-2.Our existing electric utility industry and power supply and delivery systems are woefully outdated. Indeed, the existing power grid we use today uses 100-year-old technology! This book lays out the possible blueprints for a greener future in a way that will engage middle school learners, enabling students and teachers to explore the emerging energy technologies that could become the future of our electrical supply system. In Part 1 of Green Electricity: 25 Green Technologies That Will Electrify Your Future, the author describes the amazing patchwork of 1,300 power plants and over 5 million miles of wire that comprise our national grid and reveals the environmental damages it produces. Part 2 examines the 25 leading ecofriendly contenders to modernize and replace our current grid, describing each proposed technology and how it works. Other relevant information is also provided, such as a qualitative assessment of the pluses, minuses, and limitations of each system, and an assessment of that technology's potential to contribute to our future electrical appetite.Contents Introduction Using This Book Not So Green: The Grid We Have Today The Amazing U.S. Electric Grid: Delivering Electricity to Your Doorstep What DoesGreen Mean? A Closer Look at Why Our Grid Isn’t Green Greener Pastures: 25 Electric Technologies of the Future Introduction Free Electricity for Everyone!: Fusion Let the Sun Sizzle!: Solar Thermal Electricity Beaming Megawatts: Solar Energy from Space Up on the Roof: Solar Photovoltaic Energy Blowin’ in the Wind: Wind Turbines Go Fly a Kite!: Wind Kites Mighty Minnies: Micro-Nukes The Genie’s Magic Energy Lamp: Fuel Cells Borrowing the Planet’s Energy: Geothermal Energy River Hum: Hydroelectric Energy A Swim in the Balmy, Briny Sea: Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Catch a Wave, Dude!: Ocean Wave Energy Rollin’, Rollin’ with the Tide: Ocean Tidal Energy The Mightiest River: Ocean Current Energy The Sweet Smell of Garbage: Municipal Solid Waste Taking the Power Plant to the Farm: Bio Crop Waste Growing Electricity: Energy Crops A BIG Future for the Smallest Atom: Hydrogen Natural Gas: Methane Energy A Tidy Lump of Coal: Clean Coal Technology Teaming Up: Electrical Cogeneration Second Time Around: Energy Recapture Electricity in a Box: Batteries and Energy Storage Micro-Might: Nanotechnology The Power Plant That Never Was: Energy Conservation The Future Grid: The Horse Race to Your Greener Energy Future Index
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