Electric Water
241 Pages
English

Electric Water

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241 Pages
English

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A vision of how new energy and water technologies are about to transform our world.

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Published 01 March 2009
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EAN13 9781550923490
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AD VA N C EPR A I S E F O R
WithElectric Water, Christopher Swan provides a fresh view of how present-day technology will enhance the human condition. is is a must-read for everyone with a basic knowledge of technology. I am stimulated by this easy-reading, amazing, and enjoyable book. — PAULG. HEWITT, author,Conceptual Physics, 10th Edition
Electric Wateris a timely read — the fossil fuel era is finished! Christopher Swan’s visions rank with those of Amory Lovins, Al Gore and a few others who know that the coming solar era will re-energize humanity in a harmo-nious, sustainable, more democratic way. It’s high time we learn to operate Spaceship Earth using renewable energy and resources available. — DAVIDWRIGHT, AIA, Environmental Architect
Electric Wateris a healthy dose of common sense! In an increasingly con-fused world with an obvious lack of vision, critical thinking and ethical leadership, Christopher Swan delivers a manual for concerned citizens for better stewardship of their Mother Earth. is book should be required reading for anyone joining in support or teaching in any school or environ-mental organization. — BRUCEL. ERICKSON, international management consultant for Creating Sustainable Healthy Communities
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Copyright © 2007 by Christopher Swan. All rights reserved.
Cover design/digital composite by Diane McIntosh.
Printed in Canada. First printing August 2007.
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Contents
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii e evolution of a personal vision dating back to the 95s. How the vision turned out to be uncannily accurate: the author wrote a science fiction book and ten years later was in a position to make the fiction real. e vision now represents a wide range of initiatives developed by all sorts of organizations and appears to be coming true.
à   :   É  É  É Ā  É In Light of Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . If history is illuminated by the light of our minds, our future is an illuminated vision of expectation and both are electrons in brain water. Many visions of horror mark our time. Prescience caused millions to inexplicably develop new energy and water tech decades ago. ey were creating our future. It’s now ready.
A Wealth of Energy and Water for All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How popular views about resource scarcity blind us to the potential of the inastructure revolution happening all around us, and to a wealth of energy and water. As a society we are standing in the rain debating where to get more water, and standing in the sun pondering where to find new energy.
Less is More of Something Else . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How conservation technologies, oen seen as symbols of loss, in fact offer a higher quality of water and energy. Better insulation means less energy expense, as well as a warmer and quieter home. Native plants oen use less water, and also attract more birds and butterflies.
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à   :   î  à    ô ô  ŝ Power from a Crystal as in as Paint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How photooltaics generate electricity om light and can be integrated with buildings, but since the technology generates no pollution no one notices it. Nevertheless silicon crystalline structures now produce significant electricity.
From Light to Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How renewable energy will replace not just fossil and nuclear technologies, but the very idea of centralized power plants. e unavoidable economic reality is the inherently lower cost of generating power when and where it’s needed, and only renewable energy can do that.
Distribution by Rain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How developers are choosing to recycle water within buildings, and cities are capturing rainwater. Outlines a strategy for reliance on wells, restoration of urban watersheds and no risk of poison in the water.
One Water and Energy System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . An energy-water system that would replace furnaces, air conditioners and water heaters with one appliance that generates electricity and pure water om light and rain. How this device is virtually available now, but has yet to be assembled into a single product.
à   : ï   û ŝ      à  ŝ  ô   É  Light Mobility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . e world’s largest industries have already decided on fuel-cells, hydrogen and renewable energy. Automotive and oil industry leaders have already inested billions. Solar-electric transport means nonpolluting electric cars and a gas station in many garages. Why it will start with trains, vans, taxis and trucks.
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Making ings by Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  How manufacturing is already driven by designs in light. Factories and farms can be powered by light and biological processes, and even the factory that makes energy systems is powered by light. Reductions in energy and all resources due to new materials are sweeping industry already.
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à   :  î  É  É  î à  î  É  Restoration, Renewal and Rebalancing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Links new energy and water technologies with the remoal of dams and restoration of rivers as a means of restoring fisheries. Shows how this strategy offers a means of rebuilding whole economies, even whole cities, like New Orleans.
Blood, Water and Crystals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Is faith in a common future a source of health? Is human health compromised by hopelessness? It may just be true that general health would improe by the process of building an inastructure, and by the results of purifying the water and restoring the enironment. Water systems would no longer be a highway for disease or poison.
à   :  É à     Ā    É à ŝ û  É ŝ Gold in the Sun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Acknowledges the belief that “they” won’t allow such utopian promise, then outlines why “they” are developing and marketing the new technologies. e transformation is happening and will happen because it represents not just financial profit, but profit by all measures.
Let ere be Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  How the new inastructure allows billions of people access to a higher quality of life, with far, far less cost and pain. is revolution means that for the first time in human history we will not only share a common experience of creating the inastructure, but also the common results.
Crystal Light and Living Waters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Hippies were right: “It’s crystals man.” Breakthroughs in structure yield ever more sophisticated and subtle tools, such as electric clothing and paint, “inisible” people and things. e same technology leads to new visions of life. It started on the beach. e universe in a grain of sand.
Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
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