As part of the growing sustainable and renewable energy movement, the design, manufacture and use of photovoltaic devices is increasing in pace and frequency. The Handbook of Photovoltaics will be a 'benchmark' publication for those involved in the design, manufacture and use of these devices.

The Handbook covers the principles of solar cell function, the raw materials, photovoltaic systems, standards, calibration, testing, economics and case studies.

The editors have assembled a cast of internationally-respected contributors from industry and academia.

The report is essential reading for: Physicists, electronic engineers, designers of systems, installers, architects, policy-makers relating to photovoltaics.

Key Features

* A thorough update to the 'benchmark' publication from a cast of industrial and academic international experts ensures top quality information from multiple stakeholder perspectives
*Covers all things PV- from principles of solar cells and their raw materials, to the installation and design of full PV systems, including standards, testing, economics and environmental impacts
* Case studies, practical examples and reports on the latest advances take the new edition of this amazing resource beyond a vast collection of knowledge, into the realm of real world applications


Physicists, electronic engineers, designers of systems, installers, architects, policy-makers relating to photovoltaics.

Table of Contents

Guide to the Usage of the Handbook by Professional Groups
List of contributors

PART I: Solar Radiation
The role of solar radiation climatology in the design of PV systems- J Page

PART II: Solar Cells
IIa) Introduction
Principles of solar cell operation- T Markvart and L Castaner
Semiconductor materials and modeling- T Markvart and L Castaner
Ideal efficiencies-P T Landsberg and T Markvart
IIb) Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells
Silicon: Manufacture and Properties- F. Ferrazza
Low cost industrial manufacture of crystalline silicon solar cells- S. Szlufcik et al
Thin silicon solar cells- M. Mauk et al
Characterization and diagnosis of silicon wafers and devices- A. Cuevas et al
High-efficiency silicon solar cell concepts- M A Green
IIc) Thin Film Technologies
Amorphous silicon solar cells- D E Carlson
Microcrystalline silicon solar cells- K Yamamoto
Cadmium telluride thin-film PV modules- D Bonnet
Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin film solar cells- U Rau et al
IId) Space and Concentrator Cells
GaAs and high-efficiency space cells- V M Andreev
High-efficiency concentrator silicon solar cells- P J Verlinden
IIe) Organic and Dye Sensitized Cells
Photoelectrochemical solar cells- A J McEvoy
Organic and Plastic Solar Cells- J Nelson

PART III: Photovoltaic Systems
IIIa) Introduction
Energy production by a PV array- L Castaner et al
Energy balance in standalone PV systems- L Castaner et al
Review of system design and sizing tools- S Silvestre
IIIb) Balance of System Components
System electronics- J N Ross
Batteries in PV systems- D Spiers
IIIc) Grid Connected Systems
Grid connection of PV generators: technical and regulatory issues- J Thornycroft et al
Installation guidelines: construction- B Cross
Installation guidelines: electrical-


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About the authors

Augustin McEvoy

Affiliations and Expertise

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Tom Markvart

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Solar Energy Laboratory School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton


"[A] detailed reference to dip into if you are studying the theory of photovoltaics and solid state physics."--Energy News, Page 57