Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128196106

Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion

1st Edition

Technologies, Applications and Environmental Impacts

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Editors: Shiva Gorjian Shukla Ashish
Paperback ISBN: 9780128196106
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 3rd August 2020
Page Count: 260
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Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion: Technologies, Applications and Environmental Impacts provides comprehensive information on the main fields of Photovoltaic technology, including Solar Cells and Modules, Solar PV Applications, Solar PV Markets and Policies. The book features up-to-date information on the development and identification of different types of solar cells, materials used, solar PV modules, their applications and necessary methods for operations like identifying PV components, designing, installing and repairing faults of solar PV systems. This comprehensive reference informs engineers about each aspect of photovoltaic technology, the most recent advances and future insights.

As photovoltaic professionals, grid operators and utilities will need to develop new technologies and strategies to integrate large amounts of PV energy into flexible, efficient and smart grids, this book is an ideal reference on the topics.

Key Features

  • Includes realistic examples, calculations and tables to enhance the practical elements as well as the theoretical concepts
  • Features key industry requirements on sizing, dimensioning, maintenance and costing calculations for PV systems
  • Describes essential methods for the implementation of solar PV system


Engineers, practitioners in industry and researchers working on the advancement and application of solar photovoltaics

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Properties of sunlight
1.3 Basic structure of a PV cell
1.4 Historical background of PV technology

Chapter 2: Solar Cells Technologies
1.5 Crystalline Silicon (c-Si) solar cells
1.6 Thin film solar cells
1.6.1 Amorphous silicon solar cells
1.6.2 Cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cells
1.6.3 Copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells
1.6.4 Polymer solar cells 1.6.5 Organic solar cells
1.7 Recent advances in solar cells
1.7.1 Light-sensitive nanoparticles
1.7.2 Gallium Arsenide
1.7.3 Dye-sensitized solar cells
1.7.4 Perovskite Soar Cells

Chapter 3: Solar PV Modules
1.8 Solar PV module technologies
1.8.1 Flat-plate PV modules
1.8.2 Flat-plate PV/T modules
1.8.3 Flexible PV modules
1.8.4 Flexible PV/T modules
1.8.5 Concentrating PV modules
1.8.6 Concentrating PV/T modules
1.9 Possible failures and defects on the PV modules
1.10 Testing, monitoring and inspection methods for the PV modules
1.11 Other important issue is the PV systems and inverters

Chapter 4: Solar PV Systems and Applications
1.12 Domestic solar PV Systems
1.13 Solar PV power generation technologies
1.13.1 Solar PV power plants
1.13.2 Hybrid solar PV power plants
1.13.3 Distributed PV power stations (include roof-type)
1.13.4 Solar PV cars
1.13.5 Solar PV robots
1.13.6 Energy storage, grid interactions and energy surplus management

Chapter 5: Environmental Impacts of Solar PV systems
1.14 Due to manufacturing of PV systems
1.15 Due to operation of PV systems
1.16 Due to business models of PV systems

Chapter 6: PV Market and Policies
1.17 Current global PV status and market trends
1.17.1 Global installed PV capacity
1.17.2 Future projections of PV capacity growth
1.17.3 Cost of electricity from solar PV
1.18 Policies to Promote Solar PV
1.19 Actions for Stakeholders and Next steps
1.20 Conflict resolution in Multi-Criteria Decision Environment
1.21 Conclusions


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About the Editor

Shiva Gorjian

Dr Shiva Gorjian is an Assistant Professor of Tarbiat Modares Universtiy, Biosystems Engineering Department. Her fields of study are solar power, energy systems, renewable energy powered desalination technologies, hybrid power systems, exergy analysis and modeling of the energy systems. She is a member of Iran’s “Renewable Energy Technology Development Council”, Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology and also a member of “Renewable Energy Research Institute” of Tarbiat Modares University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Tarbiat Modares University, Iran

Shukla Ashish

In 2015, Ashish was awarded an EPSRC first grant proposal in the topic of “Active Living Envelopes “ALIVE”. Ashish’s research experience is in building engineering physics, energy management, energy generating building envelopes and solar thermal engineering. He completed his PhD in building physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (ITT Delhi), investigated the heating and cooling potential of passive technologies for buildings, including extensive experimentation and modelling techniques. Ashish was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, in the Department of Architecture working on two projects: low exergy ventilation systems; and shallow geothermal ground energy use. Subsequently, he has a range of funded projects that include EPSRC, TSB (now Innovate UK), Welsh Assembly Government, Low Carbon Research Institute, E.On, De Montfort University, Tata Steel and Cardiff University. With more than 30 research papers in journals and at international conferences, Ashish also is a reviewer for 6 journals in the field of sustainable energy. He has supervised MSc dissertations in low carbon technology solutions for the built environment, and a PhD on phase change material energy for free heating/cooling of buildings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Coventry University, UK

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