SOLAR ENERGY by Franklyn M. Branley


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Mr. Branley gives the science-minded reader a highly articulate account of the frontiers of solar energy and the surprising advances already made in this field. Americans with homes to heat, and autos, washing machines and TV sets to operate, consume 2000 times as much energy per person as their ancestors of 1776, with the result that new energy sources are needed. Results of sun-energy experiments include a telephone relay operated by Bell Laboratories with solar energy, emergency liferafts equipped with stills capable of converting seawater into fresh water, thousands of homes in the South which get their hot water from the sun's rays, and solar furnaces which have attained temperatures of 8500 degrees. Directions for practical experiments are included.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1957
Publisher: Crowell