Russell H. Plante
NEWS & EVENTS
Photovoltaics and Domestic Hot Water
A Technical and Economic Guide for
Project Planners, Builders, and Property Owners
Solar Energy, Photovoltaics, and Domestic Hot Water provides a fundamental understanding of heat and energy conversions of both solar domestic hot water and photovoltaic/inverter system combinations. It provides the information needed to determine and understand the proper siting requirements, the amount of energy needed, the amount of solar energy available, the methods of comparing collectors for both hot water and photovoltaic situations, and the number of collectors necessary for either hot water or electricity. It also details the investment and cost savings advantages of using solar energy through comprehensive financial explanations and examples using basic engineering management analysis methods. These examples include present and future worth relative to break-even costs, cash flow analysis, and actual quoted systems and worksheets for typical electric solar PV and DHW demand scenarios. Solar Energy, Photovoltaics, and Domestic Hot Water is a valuable resource for making informed decisions about the economic practicality of solar generation sources for residential or commercial use based upon location, energy demands, associated conventional fuel costs, solar energy system costs, and available federal and state tax credit incentives.
The release date for this new book was May 29, 2014 and is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Availability on other sites will be included at a later date. Available in Kindle and Nook Versions. Published by Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier.
On display at the 2014 World Renewable Energy Congress in London the week of August 3rd, 2014.
Book Review Interview Featured the week of March 8th, 2015 available at :
Book Review from July-August 2016 issue of IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine :
" ... a technical and economic guide...that provides the information necessary for determining whether either a photovoltaic (PV) or domestic hot water (DHW) system makes economic sense...If you are a builder, or property owner planning on installing solar energy systems, this well-written book is definitely worth purchasing."
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-A Cat's Tale-
An old forest trail - a hidden graveyard in a time-forgotten orchard - a message from father to son - Abandoned, a kitten searches for answers and embarks on a journey to find a permanent home. Loss of family - new friends - hardships. What does he learn about himself and where does his journey take him? A blizzard - a fire - a deadly trap. How does he persevere and survive the challenges that face him? And how does his journey of self-discovery relate to all of us?
This young adult novel is available in paperback and kindle versions at Amazon and paperback and Nook versions at Barnes and Noble; also available at Books-A-Million, Smashwords, and additional resellers. Official Release date from the Publisher - February 29th, 2016.
This provocative, contemporary story is based upon actual national events, unheeded warnings about failing policies, and the associated indifference to inaction. It is a philosophical story about perceived decadence in a transitory period of time for a changing nation, about disturbing outcomes caused by people's inattention, and about scientific speculation versus science fiction and fantasy. What will happen if we remain unaware of the facts in a changing world and continue to ignore the troubling events that surround us on daily basis? The answer is contained in this story - an outcome that only you can decide. The story is an alarming and eye-opening profile of things to come...
This contemporary novel is now available in paperback and Kindle versions at Amazon and paperback and Nook versions at Barnes and Noble; also available at Books-A-Million, Smashwords, and additional resellers. Official Release date from the Publisher - December 7th, 2018.
A Sense of Purpose
This is a philosophical story about life's journey from the perspective of a cat - a journey that
teaches us the things we do in life, no matter how small, can affect others in so many ways and
that every living being has a sense of purpose...
Inspired by actual events, this is a novel for all ages. It is available in paperback and Kindle versions
at Amazon and paperback and Nook versions at Barnes and Noble. Also available from Smashwords,
and additional resellers. Official Release date from the Publisher - October 12th, 2020. This novel is an
intriguing sequel to "Journey Home-A Cat's Tale".
The Path Before Me
(A Novel for Young Readers)
Children from ages 8 to 12 and any gender who have a love for animals and pets of their own will be drawn to this story - a story that provides a sense of social and emotional learning for all young readers; to understand emotions, achieve positive goals, show empathy for others, and establish positive relationships with the relevance to developing a healthier society. Not only are educators searching for ways to introduce such social aspects of learning, but parents are as well. We all learn by example.
New publications will be listed as they become available. Another novel is coming soon....
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