Solar power for your home by David S Findley

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CSP is not a new technology. In the 1860s, French inventor Augustin Mouchot created a solar-powered engine that converting solar energy into mechanical work via steam power (Figure 3-7). Mouchot believed that coal, the fuel of the industrial revolution, was in limited supply and would eventually be unavailable. Mouchot and his engine were victims of the same tribulations of today, however. More efficient delivery and use of coal in the 1870s allowed prices to drop, and Mouchot engines became economically unviable.

Tidal turbines (Figure 2-15) are similar to wind turbines and are a completely clean source of energy. Tidal power is reliable, predictable, and constant, unlike wind. There is more energy potential in tidal power than in all of the oil in the world. If the offshore tidal power in the eastern United States were harnessed, it could power the entire world. The main detriment to tidal power is that it is currently one of the most expensive forms of energy to produce. gif Ultimate Benefits of Solar Energy Everyone wants to be able to create a pleasant environment in their own personal space.

The British, French, Spanish, and Americans used tide mills as food storage ponds that were filled by the incoming tide: water was captured and then released through a water wheel, and the water wheel produced mechanical energy that provided power to mill the grain. One such mill in New York worked well into the 20th century. The benefits of tidal power are numerous. Tidal turbines (Figure 2-15) are similar to wind turbines and are a completely clean source of energy. Tidal power is reliable, predictable, and constant, unlike wind.

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