A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Energy Systems

A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Energy Systems

With Special Focus on Photovoltaic Systems

1st Edition - May 17, 2018

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  • Editors: Trevor Letcher, Vasilis M. Fthenakis
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128114797
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128114803

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A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Energy Systems: With Special Focus on Photovoltaic Systems, the most advanced and research focused text on all aspects of solar energy engineering, is a must have edition on the present state of solar technology, integration and worldwide distribution. In addition, the book provides a high-level assessment of the growth trends in photovoltaics and how investment, planning and economic infrastructure can support those innovations. Each chapter includes a research overview with a detailed analysis and new case studies that look at how recent research developments can be applied. Written by some of the most forward-thinking professionals, this book is an invaluable reference for engineers.

Key Features

  • Contains analysis of the latest high-level research and explores real world application potential in relation to developments
  • Uses system international (SI) units and imperial units throughout to appeal to global engineers
  • Offers measurable data written by a world expert in the field on the latest developments in this fast moving and vital subject

Readership

Energy engineers, researchers, graduate students, professors and lecturers in Engineering, scientists and engineers working in energy, industrialists and engineers working in future energy developments

Table of Contents

  • 1. An Introduction

    B. SOLAR ENERGY RESOURCE
    2. Solar Energy Fundamentals: energy flux; collectors; types of solar energy: space heating, water heating, electricity generation, PVs
    3. Estimation of Solar Energy Potential Worldwide
    4. History of Harnessing Solar Energy
    C. SOLAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
    5. Solar Water Heaters
    6. Concentrated Solar Power (Solar Towers)
    7. Solar Ponds
    8. Space Heating and Industrial Applications
    9. Photovoltaics (silicon polycrystaline and thin films)
    10. Photovoltaics (Cadmium/Telluride; Copper/ Indium/ Galium/ Selenium etc.)
    11. Operation and Maintenance of PVs
    12. PV Solar Energy Technology (e.g. batteries, inverters, etc.)
    13. Engineering Problems with PVs
    D. GENERATION OF ELECTRICITY
    14. Integration of PV Generated Electricity into National Grids
    15. Small scale PVs
    16. Storing energy from PVs
    17. Reliability of PV Solar Power
    E. PLANNING, EXECUTION OF SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS AND REGULATIONS
    18. Development, Commissioning and Installing PVs
    19. A Comparison of Solar Energy Systems (water heating, PVs, CSPs, etc.) including Relative Efficiencies
    F. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF PV SOLAR ENERGY
    20. Life cycle of PV energy input and output
    21. Environmental issues (including the landscape) related to PV Solar Energy
    22. Elements (e.g. silicon) used in PV Solar Energy (shortages, source?)
    G. SOLAR ENERGY WORLD WIDE
    23. Solar Power Worldwide (all types)
    24. The Solar Power in China, with a Focus on PV Generated Electricity
    25. Solar Power in Germany with a Focus on PV Generated Electricity
    26. Solar Power in the United States with a Focus on PV Generated Electricity
    H. FINANCIALS /ECONOMICS OF PV SOLAR POWER
    27. Economics of PV Solar Power, Net energy gain, Energy return on investment (EROI), Incentives
    I. INVESTMENT, GROWTH TRENDS AND THE FUTURE OF PV SOLAR POWER
    28. Countries investing in PV Solar Power, Countries Developing and Producing Solar Power PVs, Growth Trends, developing technologies and the Future of PV Solar Power

Product details

  • No. of pages: 540
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: May 17, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128114797
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128114803

About the Editors

Trevor Letcher

Trevor Letcher
Professor Letcher was Professor of Chemistry, and Head of Department in South Africa (University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and Natal) (1969 -2004). He has published over 300 papers on chemical thermodynamic topics in peer reviewed journals; and 100 papers in popular science and education journals. He has edited and written 28 books ranging from Future Energy Climate Change, Storing Energy, Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Managing Global Warming and Unraveling Environmental Disasters. He has been awarded gold medals by the South African Institute of Chemistry and the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and living in the United Kingdom.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Vasilis M. Fthenakis

Director, Center for Life Cycle Analysis Professor, Earth and Environmental Engineering Columbia University

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Veterinary Faculty, University of Thessaly, Karditsa, Greece

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