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Renewable Energy: Getting Started

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Overview of Renewable Energy Research Guide


This research guide presents resources in a variety of formats to aid you in your study of renewable energy, energy alternatives, and energy conservation practices.

Want to know where to start your research? Click on the above tabs to find lists of books, journal titles and recommended databases, primary sources and recommended reliable websites.

Private companies, governments, non-profit organizations and individuals all over the world are developing new methods of producing energy. Generally speaking, Renewable/Green/Alternative energy focuses on three activities:

  • Increased production of energy from renewable sources such as sunlight, wind, water, geothermal energy, or biofuels.
  • Reduced energy consumption through better engine and building design standards and new, more thermally efficient materials.
  • Increased energy storage capacity through a variety of battery technologies. This includes advances in the efficiencies of existing technologies  from lithium-ion, to utilization of new materials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene, or new methods using the properties of well-known materials, such as molten salt or compressed air.

Renewable/Clean energy is a growing sector of the economy: Clean energy and carbon investment rose 30% to $243 billion in 2010

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Keyword Suggestions

Suggested keywords to use in your searches:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Solar Power
  • "Solar" -- There are many aspects to solar energy. Searching our catalog for subject terms containing the word "solar" will return a large range of results that can be useful in focusing your research.
  • Wind
  • Geothermal
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Sustainable buildings
  • Sustainable architecture

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