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We have great pleasure is providing these free ebooks for download. Most are on focused on self-sufficiency and renewable energy but we have added a few others that we think that you might find interesting.

Just add as many of the books as you want to your cart and when you check-out you will recieve a download link for each ebook. It's very easy and you can add as many as you like to an order.

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Solar power - questions answered
SKU: spqa/ebook/000

This ebook tackles some of the basic questions about solar power. 

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Green Motoring Guide
SKU: gmg/ebook/000

Drive’s Green Motoring Guide is not about walking to work and driving boring cars.

In this eMag we give you everything you need to know about green motoring. We dispel the myths and give you the facts about different kinds of fuels, choosing an environmentally friendly car and even how you help by driving for the environment.

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Wind Power Guide - ebook
SKU: wpg/ebook/000/000

This ebook provides a guide to windpower and the use of wind turbines. It looks at the history of wind turbines. Their design and use including where best to site the turbine. The ebook also contains lots of links to websites with further infromation.

It is also available for the Kindle.
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Energy Saving Trust small wind power guide
SKU: estswpg/ebook/000/000

Two page ebook pdf document that provides some information on small scale windpower in the UK. This ebook is a free dowload to anyone who registers as a 'standard' member.

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Irish songs - words and music, software
SKU: is/ebook/000

Publisher: The Information about Ireland Site

Description: This ebook not only contains the lyrics to the most popular of Irish traditional, drinking and folk songs but also contains the actual music. You can listen to the music on your PC!

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free - 200 watt permanent magnet wind generator - ebook
SKU: f2wpmg/ebook/000

This manual describes how to build a 'permanent magnet generator' (PMG). We can also call it an 'alternator', because it generates alternating current (AC). It will not generate 'mains voltage' or 'utility power' AC. It generates low voltage, 'three phase' AC, and then changes it into 'direct current' (DC) for charging a 12 volt battery.

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Add up your car costs - pdf document
SKU: auycc/ebook/000

Smart Moves & Semlyen A. Add Up Your Car Costs. Calculation guide. Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme leaflet 1999. This is a free leaflet.

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How to build a paper watermill
SKU: hbpw/ebook/000

This ebook is a very simple 2 page plan. Ideally a waterwheel should be made with a material like wood or plastic that will not go soggy and floppy in water. But, as these need to be cut out with hacksaws or very sharp knives, it is much safer if models are made with cardboard—though they will soon disintegrate when used in water!!

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Building a home distillation apparatus - ebook for making ethanol
SKU: bhda/ebook/000

This ebook contains a step-by-step guide to building a relatively sophisticated distillation apparatus from commonly available materials, using simple tools, and at a cost of under $100 USD. The information contained on this site is directed at anyone who may want to know more about the subject: students, hobbyists, tinkers, pure water enthusiasts, survivors, the curious, and perhaps even amateur wine and beer makers. Designing and building this apparatus is the only subject of this manual. You will find that it confines itself solely to those areas. It does not enter into the domains of fermentation, recipes for making mash, beer, wine or any other spirits. These areas are covered in detail in other readily available books and numerous web sites. The site contains two separate design plans for the stills. And while both can be used for a number of distillation tasks, it should be recognized that their designs have been optimized for the task of separating ethyl alcohol from a water-based mixture. Having said that, remember that the real purpose of this site is to educate and inform those of you who are interested in this subject. It is not to be construed in any fashion as an encouragement to break the law. If you believe the law is incorrect, please take the time to contact your representatives in government, cast your vote at the polls, write newsletters to the media, and in general, try to make the changes in a legal and democratic manner. As a final word, if you decide to build a still like this, you will be on your own. It is distributed WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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600 Chili recipes - ebook - free
SKU: 600cr/ebook/000/000
600 recipes for making chili. Ebook in pdf format. yum yum
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Smoothies for Athletes
SKU: sfa/ebook/000
"Smoothies for Athletes" will make you feel like an athlete! You'll have more energy to tackle all those things you have to get done everyday! Getting more done will help you feel better mentally because you feel like you've accomplished so much more each day!

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Solar PV your guide to generating electricity - free ebook
SKU: spvggefb/ebook/000
This is a free pdf document from The Energy Saving Trust.

Most electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels. This releases carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere which contributes to climate change. A Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system is one which converts light directly into electricity on your roof with no waste and no emissions. This electricity is used throughout your home in the same way as the electricity you currently buy from your energy supplier. Harnessing the sun’s energy and converting it into electricity will reduce your fuel bills and at the same time reduce your daily impact on the environment.

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Background information to the intallers guide to the installation of small scale PV
SKU: biigspv/ebook/0000
BRE, EA Technology, Halcrows, and Sundog were commissioned by Future Energy Solutions (then ETSU) on behalf of the DTI to produce an installers guide for the installation of small scale PV. The aims of the guide are to:

- Investigate the key issues, especially including safety, associated with the installation of building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

- Describe design and installation solutions that are acceptable to the building services industry and the relevant regulatory authorities.

- Translate these solutions into practical and authoritative installation guidelines with a particular emphasis on the domestic BIPV sector.

This document contains some of the background information which was used by the writers to produce the guide, named “Photovoltaics in Buildings: Guide to the installation of PV systems” (DTI/Pub URN 02/788). The guide itself contains the considered recommendations of the group after consultation with people in the industry. As such it constitutes the definitive material, not this report. Sometimes the information in this report is not conclusive and may at times present apparently conflicting pieces of information. Nevertheless decisions had to be made in the course of producing the guide which are sometimes based on caution or lack of substantiated background material. This report should be read in conjunction with the guide itself and may present the reader with some useful background information, but will not always be sufficient to fully explain the decisions in the guide. The guide was produced with the assistance of a Steering Committee to review progress from time to time. They consisted of the: ECA - The Electrical Contractor Association, who wish to see clear guidance targeted at their members for their own interest. HSE- The Health and Safety Executive had valuable input to the guide, as well as approving the health and safety aspects. NHBC- The National House Building Council, who publish codes of practice for the building trades and have a strong interest in technical standards from an insurance point of view. PV-UK – The British Photovoltaic Association, who has an obvious interest and have stated there is a need for such a guide. The guide concentrates on the electrical aspects of the installation, as the guide is for installers rather than designers, and it was assumed that the installer is more likely to be an electrician than from any other trade. There was to have been a section on the construction aspects but, because of the huge range of possible mounting methods, only one of which would be relevant for any particular installation, the section had to be either very large or had be pared down to a simple list. In the end it was decided to leave these things to the designer, but make the installer aware of them in the checklist. Generally suppliers can provide comprehensive installation advice as it relates to their particular product.

Some of the source documents, particularly Engineering recommendation G77 and part 712 of IEC60364, are in draft form. Where this is the case, the version at February 2002 should be considered as the version under discussion.

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What is the function of dams?
SKU: witfod/ebook/000/000

All energy technologies have major advantages and disadvantages, and hydropower is no exception. In this briefing paper, Juergen Giesecke from Energie-Fakten presents a comprehensive overview of pros and cons, and a message dams can make a major contribution to mankind's energy (and food) supply, provided that we exploit the pros while managing and mitigating the cons.

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Future Human Evolution - Eugenics in the Twenty-First Century
SKU: SKUcad98a4623bf383455028a76c62e1

Evolutionary selection has been radically relaxed in the human species as a result of the development of civilization, science in general, and medicine in particular. While these advances have hugely benefited current populations, they have to a significant degree released the species from the biological process which created it and maintains its viability. Formerly, natural selection took place largely as a result of differential mortality, but now that most people survive well beyond their child bearing years, selection is determined largely by differential fertility. Aside from genetic illnesses, this new selection is also characterized by a negative correlation between fertility and intelligence–the core of eugenic concern for over a century.

Eugenics views itself as the fourth leg of the chair of civilization, the other three being a) a thrifty expenditure of natural resources, b) mitigation of environmental pollution, and c) maintenance of a human population not exceeding the planet’s carrying capacity. Eugenics, which can be thought of as human ecology, is thus part and parcel of the environmental movement. Humanity is defined, not as the totality of the currently living population, but as the number of people who will potentially ever live. This is a book about the struggle for human rights and parental responsibility.

John Glad is a retired professor of Russian studies, having taught at Rutgers University, the University of Chicago, the University of Iowa, and the University of Maryland. He is also the former Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, D.C. A Guggenheim grant recipient, he is the author, editor, or translator of twenty books, some of which have been honored in the American Book Awards. Future Human Evolution is part of his long-standing work on behalf of human rights, in this case of future generations.

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Indirect, Through-Pass, Solar Food Dryer - ebook
SKU: ITPSFD/ebook/000/000

Drying is our oldest method of food preservation. For several thousand years people have been preserving dates, figs, apricots, grapes, herbs, potatoes, corn, milk, meat, and fish by drying. Until canning was developed at the end of the 18th century, drying was virtually the only method of food preservation. It is still the most widely used method. Drying is an excellent way to preserve food and solar food dryers are an appropriate food preservation technology for a sustainable world.

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Water - homemade ram pump ebook
SKU: whrpe/ebook/000
Several designs conained in a 20 page ebook.
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Micro Nuclear Reactors - ebook
SKU: mnr/ebook/000
Nuclear power entered this century as a dying industry. A combination of popular
opposition, high profile accidents (Three Mile Island, Chernobyl), concerns about nuclear
weapons proliferation, and a general anti-corporate feeling in the culture, all seemed to
spell the end of fission as an industry. However, recent events have changed matters.
High oil prices and global warming have made reactors much more attractive to the
general public and investors. Moreover, reactor technology has advanced to the point
where small, modular, and very safe reactors are now available. In particular, a new
generation of High Temperature gas Reactors (HTR) using Pebble Bed designs are
particularly promising. As such, companies which can directly or indirectly participate in
the “micro-reactor” nuclear power industry stand to reap considerable profits.
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EWEA review of wind energy - ebook
SKU: erowe/ebook/000

This 198 page ebook was wriiten by the European Wind Energy association. It is a comprehensive review of large and samll scale wind energy including technology, markets, costs and the environment. With many charts and tables.

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Solar Tools of the Trade - ebook
SKU: stott/ebook/000

Thinking about installing a solar-electric system? Having the right tools will allow you to get the job done quickly, done right, or done at all. If you have some electrical wiring experience or you’re the type of person who undertakes household building projects, you likely have a pretty well-equipped shop or tool shed. In addition to standard hand tools like insulated screwdrivers, a socket set, and box and open-end wrenches, you’ll need some specialised tools to install a solar-electric system. Many of the tools that the pros use are described in this 5 page ebook (pdf document. Once you have them, and learn to use them properly, a safe and professional installation becomes a possibility. Quality tools, like quality anything, aren’t cheap, so plan to spend some money gearing up for your installation.

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Wind Generator Tower Basics - ebook
SKU: wtb/ebook/000/000

You’ve decided you want to make electricity with the wind. You have your eye on a high-quality wind generator, and you’ve chosen the balance of systems (BOS) components. What’s left is the biggest and most important job—choosing and installing the tower..

This 5 page ebook (pdf) will help you understand sites and towers - well illustrated

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Methane Production from Manure on Farms
SKU: mpfmf/ebook/000

An overview of methane production from manure on farms. Covers how it works and the major issues involved.

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Hay Box Cooker plan - ebook
SKU: hbcp/ebook/ooo

Simple four page ebook (pdf) document explaining how to cook with a hay box.

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Free VAWT Wind Turbine Plans - ebook
SKU: fwte/ebook/000/000

 

A great introduction to wind turbines is to build your own VAWT - a vertical axis wind turbine - which copes well with the turbulent winds typically found in built-up areas. They are typically easier to build than the more traditional horizontal axis wind turbines (the ones that look like windmills), and can be constructed from cheap easily obtainable materials such as PVC pipe and plywood. When completed this turbine easily generates sufficient power to charge a couple of rechargeable AA batteries or to light up a string of LEDs.

This simple wind turbine generator requires 6-8 hours of building time ideally spread over a couple of days to allow paint and glue to dry. Here is a summary of the materials required: 1 8 inch diameter 14 guage steel disk with 3/8 inch hole in the centre. 16 disk magnets - ceramic or NdFeB (neodymium) magnets. 750g of 20AWG enamel coated magnet wire. 2 pieces of corrugate plastic 24 x 8 inches - ideally 2mm thick, but 4mm is acceptable. ...and a selection of electronic components - diodes and resistors etc, some plywood and plexiglass, glue, paint and fixings.

This turbine can be assembled using just a screwdriver, power drill, pliers, a jigsaw, and some sandpaper. Unless you have steel cutting equipment - which most people do not! - you will need to pay a metalshop to prepare the steel disk. The rest you can do yourself.

The plans explain in detail the full construction process from making the rotor and stator, to making the frame that holds everything together and the blades which catch the wind and spin the turbine. Full wiring details are also provided explaining the difference between star and delta configurations (choose between higher voltage or higher current), and three phase alternator wiring.

These wind turbine plans are excellent and very educational. A fantastic introduction to basic wind turbine construction which can be used in the classroom or at home.

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Tin Can Stirling Heat Engine Ebook
SKU: tcsheb/ebook/000

This ebook describes how to build a stirling engine from a tin can.

The thin sheet metal walls permits rapid transfer of heat. The cans are readily modified, and if you go wrong throw the can away and use another. This engine isn’t going to be pretty but it is realitivly simple to build and you will come to realise the whole engine design can be modified in many ways.

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Plans Build Blacksmith's Shop Forge With Electric Blower - ebook
SKU: pbbsf/ebook/000/000

Here is a great plan for an easily built shop forge which will enable you to heat metals and do blacksmiths work,tempering etc.

Built from scrap items such as on old sink and a vacuum cleaner motor you can build this great working forge for very little expenditure.It works as well as any expensive commercial model to.

A great item which will enable you to do all kinds of metal work which you could not do without a forge.

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Rewiring Generators as Alternators
SKU: rga/ebook/000/000

Wind generators run at fairly slow speeds: usually 250 to 600 rpm. Most people who design their own wind systems are stymied by the unavailability of slow speed generators. They usually choose to use an off-the-shelf generator that is stepped up to operating speed from the relatively slow propeller speed of a wind generator. But stepping up with gears, chains or belts introduces large inefficiencies, not to mention more moving components that need maintenance. There is another way around this problem: rewinding the alternator or generator for slow speed operation.

Short ebook - no illustrations but some good information.

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Batteries - simple guide to batteries - free ebook
SKU: bsg/ebook/000/00

As many small-scale methods of electricity generation are available only intermittently, some form of electricity storage or battery is needed if people want to have electricity available at all times.

There are a wide range of batteries available, and the aim of this Technical Brief is to give an introduction to the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of batteries. The central point is that there is no such thing as a universal battery; a single type of battery cannot cover all applications.

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Beekeeping - free ebook
SKU: bk/ebook/000
Six page ebook looking at honey, hives, extraction, etc.

Honey has a long and distinguished history in the human diet. For thousands of years honey hunters have plundered the hives of wild bees for their precious honey and beeswax - a practice still common today.

The most widely used honeybees are the European Apis mellifera, which have now been introduced worldwide. Tropical Africa has a native Apis mellifera, which is slightly smaller than the European Apis mellifera, and is more likely to fly off the comb and to sting. They are also more likely to abandon their hives if disturbed, and in some areas the colonies migrate seasonally.

In Asia there are three main native tropical species, Apis cerana, Apis dorsata, and Apis florea; cerana is the only species that can be managed in hives, but the single combs of the other two are collected by honey hunters.

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Basic guide to wind power
SKU: bgtwp/ebook/000

In this application note, wind turbine technology is presented as a serious alternative for achieving sustainable energy policy objectives. Several European countries have impressive plans for the coming years for installing large amounts of wind power generation. Some governments support these actions by providing tax or investment incentives. The northwest of Europe with its coastal windy waters and fine-meshed but strong electric grid give promising opportunities for investing companies and wind farm developers.

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