Interest in renewable energy has never been greater, but much uncertainty remains as to the role the various technologies will play in the transition to a low-carbon future. This book sets out the facts – how the technologies work, where and to what extent they are currently employed, and where the greatest potential lies. Covering all the major fields – solar electricity, solar thermal, solar architecture, bioenergy, wind, geothermal, hydropower, as well as new energy technologies – it also includes sections on how best to promote the uptake of renewables and answers to common questions and opposition.

The authors provide a number of German-sourced yet internationally relevant examples and strategies which have become increasingly significant in the promotion of renewable energy in recent years. The convenient layout mixes detailed explanation with clear, take-away facts and messages on each double-page spread. This straight-talking, information filled guide is the perfect primer for anyone who wants to better understand and promote renewable energy, whether in industry, study, policy or campaigns.

chapter 1|24 pages


chapter 2|12 pages

Solar Thermal

chapter 3|10 pages

Solar Electric: Photovoltaics

chapter 4|16 pages

Solar Architecture

chapter 5|20 pages


chapter 6|16 pages

Wind Power

chapter 8|10 pages

New Energy Technologies

chapter 9|14 pages

Current Use and Potential

chapter 10|12 pages


chapter 11|40 pages

Promoting Renewable Energy

chapter 12|16 pages

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