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Solar Energy Conversion Systems

Solar energy conversion requires a different mind-set from traditional energy engineering in order to assess distribution, scales of use, systems design, predictive economic models for fluctuating solar resources, and planning to address transient cycles and social adoption. Solar Energy Conversion Systems examines solar energy conversion as an integrative design process, applying systems thinking methods to a solid knowledge base for creators of solar energy systems. This approach permits different levels of access for the emerging broad audience of scientists, engineers, architects, planners, and economists. Traditional texts in solar energy engineering have often emerged from mechanical or chemical engineering fields. Instead, Solar Energy Conversion Systems approaches solar energy conversion from the perspectives of integrative design, environmental technology, sustainability science, and materials science in the wake of amazing new thin films, polymers, and glasses developed by the optoelectronics and semiconductor industries. This is a new solar text for the new generation of green job designers and developers. It’s highlighted with vignettes that break down solar conversion into useful stories and provides common points of reference, as well as techniques, for effective estimation of evolving technologies. 


The SECS text is designed for a new 3rd-4th year undergraduate solar course or an introductory graduate course in solar energy engineering and the science of solar materials and technologies.

Hardbound, 480 Pages

Published: November 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-397021-3


  • Chapter 1 Introduction

    Chapter 2 Context and Philosophy of Design

    Chapter 3 Laws of Light

    Chapter 4 Physics of Light, Heat, Work, and Photoconversion

    Chapter 5 Meteorology: The Many Facets of the Sky

    Chapter 6 Sun-Earth Geometry

    Chapter 7 Applying the Angles to Shadows

    Chapter 8 Measure and Estimation of the Solar Resource

    Chapter 9 Solar Energy Economics

    Chapter 10 Solar Project Finance

    Chapter 11 The Sun As Commons

    Chapter 12 Systems Logic of Devices: Patterns

    Chapter 13 Systems Logic of Devices: Optocalorics

    Chapter 14 Systems Logic of Devices: Optoelectronics

    Chapter 15 Concentration-The Pattern to Manipulate Light

    Chapter 16 Project Design

    Appendix A: Energy Conversion Systems

    Appendix B: Numeracy and Units in Solar Energy


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