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Solar Energy: An Introduction (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 18/06/2015
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Solar Energy presents an introduction to all aspects of solar energy, from photovoltaic devices to active and passive solar thermal energy conversion, giving both a detailed and broad perspective of the field. It is aimed at the beginner involved in solar energy or a related field, or for someone wanting to gain a broader perspective of solar energy technologies. A chapter considering solar radiation, basic principles applied to solar energy, semiconductor physics, and light absorption brings the reader on equal footing with the technology of either solar generated electrical current or useful heat. Details of how a solar cell works and then production of current from a photovoltaic device is discussed. Characterization of a solar cell is examined, allowing one the ability to interpret the current-voltage relation, followed by discussion of parameter extraction from this relation. This information can be used to understand what limits the performance of a given solar cell with the potential to optimize its performance. Applications of solar thermal energy are reviewed in detail from passive applications, for example the solar chimney, to active, such as the solar (power) tower, flat plate water heater, and solar thermal electricity generation. Consistency of analysis between the solar thermal applications is used enabling the reader to fully appreciate similarities and dissimilarities between these technologies. Ultimately, the scientist or engineer can understand existing systems, either photovoltaic or solar thermal devices, and design their own technology given the information in this book.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199652112
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 534 g
Dimensions: 247 x 194 x 12 mm


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Solar Energy is an engaging collection of important information and insights that fills a valuable space between the growing collection of energy-themed textbooks and the more specialized treatises on renewable energy, solar engineering, and PV devices. * Nancy M. Haegel, Physics Today. *
The book is clear and, despite its small size, very dense in information. It stimulates learning by tackling the subject from many points of view. * Rosaria A. Puglisi, MRS Bulletin a *
Solar radiation is likely to be a key part of our energy future. This textbook presents, with admirable clarity and accessibility, the relevant physics, the technical approach and challenges, and the geopolitical arguments, behind the utilisation of solar power on a global scale. * Fred Taylor, University of Oxford, UK *
Michael Mackay's Solar Energy is a useful contribution to the field by combining photovoltaics and solar thermal energy-two subjects not often seen together in one textbook. The topics are explained at an approachable level, making the book a good entry text for a student or a teacher who may wish to understand solar energy conversion from this broader point of view. * Tom Markvart, University of Southampton, UK *
... this is a comprehensive guide to the mechanisms behind current solar technology as well as the physical, interpretable, and quantitative descriptions of how these technologies operate. ... Recommended. * R. J. Barthelmie, CHOICE *

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