Home Books Wind and Water


Wind and Water
  • Format
  • HARDCOVER
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816070873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7087-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $40.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 04/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 333
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 224

Summary

There are enormous reserves of energy in the winds and the tides and in the temperature difference between the upper and lower regions of the oceans. If the energy produced from wind and water were converted into electrical energy, it would satisfy the electricity demands of the entire world many times over. However, this kind of conversion isn’t possible—not now or in the future.

Wind and Water describes conventional hydropower, or wind power, and some of the newer technologies (with less certain futures) that are being introduced to harness the power of ocean currents, ocean waves, and the temperature difference between the upper and lower layers of the ocean. The strengths and limitations of each technology are discussed as well as mathematical models that describe the maximum amount of energy that can be harnessed by such devices. This comprehensive new volume also examines how these power producers benefit from government support and the economics of operating these types of generating stations. An interview with Dr. Stan Bull, former associate director for science and technology at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is included in which he shares his views about how scientific research is—and should be—managed, nurtured, and evaluated.

Specifications

Full-color photographs and line illustrations. Index. Glossary. Chronology. Web sources. Sidebars. Further resources. Tables and charts.

About the Author(s)

John Tabak, Ph.D., performed graduate work at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and received a degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of A Look at Earth and A Look at Neptune, two astronomy titles for middle school readers; the coauthor of two titles in Facts On File’s Science and Technology in Focus set; and the author of the acclaimed The History of Mathematics set and Significant Gestures: A History of American Sign Language, a social and scientific history of one of North America’s most unique languages.

Title List Price Format Status Add to Wish List Add to Cart

Standing Order Plan

A Standing Order Plan saves you both time and money without risking a penny of your acquisitions budget. The number of copies you indicate of each new title under the plan you select will automatically as the new edition becomes available. If, for any reason, you wish to cancel your subscription to the plan, please contact our Customer Service Department.

Standing Order Plan available for The World Almanac® for Kids:
Plan WK1 Single-title hardcover edition at 20% discount

You can use this order form (pdf) to sign up for any of our Standing Order Plans, or you can contact our Customer Service Department:

Email: custserv@factsonfile.com
Phone Number (toll-free): 1-800-322-8755
Fax Number (toll-free): 1-800-678-3633

FREE Learning Resources