If you see this anywhere in the book……close it immediately!
As expected, there was a long list of ‘fun’ books on wind energy at the library, and I just happened to pick out the best one, filled with numerous equations and symbols (sarcasm intended). The title of the book is “Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options”. The book is written in a text like format, which I would imagine deters a lot of readers from ever picking it up of the book shelf, but somehow I fell for the trap. The book provides in depth studies of various energy resources, from fossil fuels all the way to biomass and thermal energy conversion. Each chapter focuses on a different form of energy, helping to highlight for the reader some of the positives and negatives associated with that form of energy. The reason why I picked up this book was because I was hoping to gain some insight on the different types of sustainable energy practices in hopes of demonstrating why wind energy would be the best solution to the current oil driven economy.
The book does a good job of breaking each form of sustainable energy into its core components such installation cost, rated power, and other specifics that apply for that particular form of energy, i.e. for wind energy it provides the minimum required wind speed necessary for the wind turbine to be able to operate in. It seems that I will be able to use this book in attaining some hard facts behind the different forms of energy. The other benefit of this book is that even though I am a big supporter of wind energy, it helps to highlight the offsets and challenges associated with wind power. I think it is really hard to become bias with your topic and completely ignore the negative effects that are associated with it thus this book does a good job of keeping a neutral outlook, except for leaving towards sustainable energy over fossil fuels. The book also has a work cited section after every chapter which could come in handy when trying to find out more about a specific subject or a key statistic that has a reference number next to it.
The chapter on wind energy helped to highlight some of the facts of why wind energy is still receiving opposition from the people such disrupting radio and tv transmissions, maintenance worker hazard, killing birds, and much more. Even though this might be quite a dry read, it’ll be helpful in covering all the basics behind this subject.