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Chapter 11

I The Present Energy Economy

II Australian Energy Consumption

III Research And Development

IV Coal

V Oil And Natural Gas

VI Solar Energy
i Research and Development
ii The state of the art
iii Collectors
iv The solar water heating industry
v Industrial applications
vi Swimming pool heating
vii Building heating and cooling
viii Photovoltaics
ix Wind power
x Cooling
xi The International Solar Energy Society

VII Nuclear Energy

VIII Bagasse Firewood And Other Biomass

IX Electric Power Generation And Distribution electric Power Generation And Distribution

X Manufactured Gas

XI Industrial Process Heat



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Solar Energy

This Solar Energy segment covers hardware for conversion of solar energy into heat, electricity, and mechanical power. Applications include domestic and commercial hot water, swimming pool heating, industrial process heating, wind power for water pumping and electricity generation, silicon cells for telecommunications and general power supplies, all of which require the installation of factory made components. It also includes the passive use of solar energy in buildings, where the windows collect solar energy in winter and shades exclude it in summer and walls and/or floors have sufficient thermal capacity to prevent wide temperature changes. A third aspect is the range of methods which have been developed to make living and working in a hot climate more comfortable, e.g. shading, evaporative cooling, refrigeration and air conditioning, and to maintain safe working temperatures in enclosures for electronic equipment in isolated areas.

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