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A Practical Guide to Renewable Energy: Microgeneration Systems and Their Installation


By: Chris Kitcher

158 pages, 89 colour and 37 b/w illustrations, 16 tables


Paperback | Dec 2011 | #196697 | ISBN-13: 9780080970646
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NHBS Price: £19.99 $24/€22 approx

About this book

A Practical Guide to Renewable Energy provides the perfect introduction to one of the construction industry's leading growth areas, containing an overview of all types of renewable energy sources, as well as information relating to the installation and inspection of renewable energy systems.

The practical focus in this book will give you the confidence to pass micro-generation exams, discuss the subject with clients and work on all new and emerging renewable energy systems. Designed to make learning easier, this book contains:

- Step-by-step instructions in how to fit and test renewable energy systems
- Clear diagrams, photos and flow charts that demonstrate core principles
- Associated online questions and answers that enable you to test your knowledge and further your understanding of the subject

As a student or professional this textbook will provide the information needed to pass your course and is also an ideal onsite reference. Readers will be able to access a free companion website at where they will find related videos, questions and answers and links to further information upon renewable energy.


- Need for renewable energy in dwellings
- Types of renewable energy
- Microgeneration certification scheme (MCS)
- Photovoltaic systems
- Heat pumps
- Ground to water heat pumps
- Air to water heat pumps
- Wind turbines
- Biomass fuel
- Overview on hydro and wave power
- Requirements for becoming a registered Microgeneration installer
- Appendices including tips on building a quality file, and a list of registration bodies

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Chris Kitcher has 50 years experience in the electrical industry. He is an electrical installation lecturer at Central Sussex College and an NICEIC inspector for the Microgeneration Certificationaschemea(MCS). For the last 17 years he has worked inathe college environment whilst maintaining his electrical skills by periodically working on site.

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