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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Eco Ten Publishing; 1st Edition edition (Feb. 11 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981295207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981295206
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 2.6 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Tom Rand acts as Lead Cleantech Advisor at the Toronto-based MaRS Institute, which supports the commercialization of Canadian research development. Before joining MaRS, Tom was a successful entrepreneur, founding Voice Courier Inc. in 1991, a telecommunications software company. It led its expansion to more than 100 employees in three countries. In 2005, he began VCi Green Funds, a private venture fund to provide angel and venture capital to companies developing emission reducing technologies.


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I just got an advanced copy of this book and I love it. I'll mention that I know the author personally, so I'll do my best to stick to the facts and leave opinions for others. The book itself is well laid out, easy to follow and is full of hundreds of large, beautiful photos and illustrations. In each chapter, Tom lays out a simple case for a different renewable energy technology, focusing on products and technologies that are already available and not counting on new inventions or discoveries to make his case.

What I like most having just started it is how he makes his case - energy isn't free and the world needs more. We can invest in coal and oil, or we can diversify, channeling more money into other areas. He then looks at what we're going to spend on energy in the next decade anyway and says, "What happens if we invest some of that in renewables?"

At the end of the day, coal and oil are cheap right now, but sunlight, wind and geothermal heat are free forever. Turning coal and oil into energy is also cheap, but the cost of turning other sources of energy is less than you think, and falling faster than you think.

Interesting read, beautiful book, the technologies themselves are well explained with lots of photos and I think his case is well made. I highly recommend the book if for no other reason that he's taken a different approach to tackling the problem of carbon based fuels.
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I am in the Green Energy business so we bought one for the office and one for home.

I was very pleasantly surprised. I have not read it all the way through yet but not only are the photos and diagrams gorgeous but I am learning things about technologies that I only knew of peripherally. This is interesting for me being and Engineer who is in the business. I particularly liked the parts at the end of each chapter when he talks about what we would get with a Trillion dollar investment into each.

Makes me feel much better that the Climate Change and Peak Oil problems can be solved in our lifetime.
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I purchased this book after attending an event where Rand spoke. He was truly inspiring and has a fiery passion for the topic of climate change. The book is very well presented and looks beautiful. I've since purchased as a corporate giveaway on many occasions. I highly recommend this book - even for your coffee table.
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HASH(0xa82c939c) out of 5 stars refreshing to have answers and realize they're really attainable June 6 2010
By ilanes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
tom rand gives a really fresh and importantly practical (and data supported!) view on how we're going to fix this massive problem staring us in the face. instead of just mentioning some interesting solutions out there, he puts out exactly how useful they can be RIGHT NOW, if we were to put the same investment (ie hundreds of billions) into them that we do into oil.

he's a fabulous communicator and clearly privy to all the most exciting things coming out of the start up and green tech world.

also amazing imagery, so you dont have to sit down and read it all at once. it's a very very visual work, that i highly recommend.
HASH(0xa82c94f8) out of 5 stars Interesting Look At Our Future Of Energy Jan. 23 2011
By Dan McKinnon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
'Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World' by Tom Rand is a great book that focuses on the energy problems of today, and the solutions that we have at our disposal for the future. Human beings are more aware now than ever before that oil is running out, and with superpowers like China beginning to eat resources at a rate faster than the United States in their growth, it's ESSENTIAL that companies use other options now when, but NOW.

The 10 clean technologies are: Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Biofuels, Hydropower, Ocean, Smart Buildings, Transportation, Efficiency, and the Energy Internet

I love the beautiful pictures in this hardcover 250 page book, and it's a more positive spin on a problem that has gotten so much bad press.

***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
HASH(0xa82cb4c8) out of 5 stars One of my favourites! April 14 2014
By zach anaya - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent book on sustainable technology! Really nice pictures and layout. I bought a few for family members as gifts.
-Graduated from a graduate level Sustainable Systems program


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