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Task 3 Notes - Alternative Energy Resources Paul Kruger...

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Alternative Energy Resources – Paul Kruger (2006) o Table 1-2 shows growth in energy consumption from prehistoric times o Shows growth in population vs. growth in energy consumption o Makes a case that a time in human history has arrived that shows that continued growth in human population, with concomitant greater growth in energy demand, may not be sustainable far into the future o 7.1 Hydroelectric Power (page 140) o harnessing energy from falling water o http://www.hydro.org o clean, renewable, reliable energy source o total US hydroelectric power capacity is >100GW o Three key parameters o The head – vertical distance of water flow fall o The flow – volumetric flow rate o Conversion factor, F, of the turbine-generator equipment o EQ’s o PE=mgh o P=F(ρQ)gh o Separated into two types o High-head: h>20-1000 m o Low-head: h<5-20 o Hydropower especially important in western US o Figure 7-2: Hydroelectric generating capacity in the United States Renewable Energy Strategies for Europe – Michael Grubb and Roberto Vigotti (1997)
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2011 for the course ME 454 taught by Professor Leang during the Spring '10 term at Nevada.

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