Sustainable Energy a la Munger

Two years ago a friend and shareholder of Aggreko told me about a book called, “Sustainable Energy Without The Hot Air“. The book was recommended by Aggreko’s senior management as a primer for investors to learn about sustainable energy. As I started reading the book it reminded me of Richard Feynman’s physics lectures (and Charlie Mungers approach to multidisciplinary problem solving).  Little did I know that Bill Gates was also a fan of the book and named it the one book to read if you want to learn sustainable energy basics. 

Before you commit to reading the book do the following:

First, read the synopsis to get a flavor for the book –  http://www.withouthotair.com/synopsis10.pdf

Next, watch the following ted talk by author, David MacKay.

Video: How The Laws of Physics Constrain Our Sustainable Energy Options

Finally,  I recommend you read the book and flip to the corresponding technical appendix after you finish each chapter. In the appendix, the author walks you through -step by step- how to think about the physics of a particular type of sustainable energy. Here’s an example of the appendix related to cars.

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Read: Sustainable Energy Without The Hot Air by David MacKay

As PDF:  http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/sustainable/book/tex/sewtha.pdf

Via The Web: http://www.withouthotair.com/

As Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0954452933/tag=davidmackayca-20

Read: The Appendix to Sustainable Energy Without Hot Air by David MacKay

As PDF: http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/sustainable/book/tex/psh/253.326.pdf

Via The Web http://www.withouthotair.com/  *click on right most column where it says technical chapters

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26. April 2014 by Miguel Barbosa
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