Practical Handbook of Photovoltaics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781856173902, 9780080480206

Practical Handbook of Photovoltaics

1st Edition

Fundamentals and Applications

Editors: Augustin McEvoy Tom Markvart Luis Castaner T. Markvart L. Castaner
eBook ISBN: 9780080480206
Hardcover ISBN: 9781856173902
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 30th October 2003
Page Count: 998
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Description

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.

Readership

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

Table of Contents

PART I - SOLAR RADIATION (J. Page)


The role of solar radiation climatology in the design of PV systems

PART II - SOLAR CELLS


IIa Introduction


1 Principles of solar cell operation (T. Markvart, L.Castaner)


2 Semiconductor materials and modelling (T. Markvart, L.Castaner)


3 Ideal efficiencies (P.T. Landsberg and T Markvart)


IIb Crystalline silicon solar cells


1 Silicon: manufacture and properties (F. Ferrazza)


2 Low cost industrial manufacture of crystalline silicon solar cells (J. Szlufcik, S. Sivoththaman, J. Nijs, R.P. Mertens and R. Van Overstraeten)


3 Thin silicon solar cells (M. Mauk, P. Sims, J. Rand and A. Barnett)


4 Characterisation and diagnosis of silicon wafers and devices (A. Cuevas and R Sinton)


5 High-efficiency silicon solar cell concepts (M.A. Green)


IIc Thin film technologies


1 Amorphous silicon solar cells (D.E. Carlson and C.R. Wronski)


2 Microcrystalline silicon solar cells (K. Yamamoto)


3 Cadmium telluride thin-film PV moduels (D. Bonnet)


4 Cu(In,Gas) Se2 thin-film solar cells (U. Rau and H.W. Shock)


IId Space and concentrator cells


1 GaAs and high-efficiency space cells (V.M. Andreev)


2 High-efficiency concentrator silicon solar cells (P.J. Verlinden)


IIe Organic and dye sensitised cells


1 Photoelectrochemical solar cells (A. McEvoy)


2 Organic and plastic solar cells (J. Nelson)

PART III - PHOTOVOLTACIS SYSTEMS


IIIa Introduction


1 Energy production by a PV array (L. Castaner, S. Bermejo, T. Markvart and K. Fragaki)


2 Energy balance in stand-alone PV systems (L. Castaner, S. Bermejo, T. Markvart and K. Fragaki)


3 Review of system design and sizing tools (S. Silvestre)


IIIb Balance-of-system components


1 System electronics (J.N. Ross)


2 Batteries in PV systems(D. Spiers)


IIIc Grid-connected systems


1 Grid-connection of PV generators: technical and regulatory issues (J. Thorneycroft and T. Markvart)


2 Installation guidelines: construction (B. Cross)


3 Installation guidelines: electrical (M. Cotterell)


IIId Space and concentrator systems


1 Concentrator systems (G. Sala)


2 Operation of solar cells in a space environment (S. Bailey and R. Rafaelle)


IIIe Case studies


1 Architectural integration (R. Serra and R. Leal)


2 Performance, reliability and user experience (U. Jahn)


3 Solar-powered products (P. Wolfe)

PART IV - TESTING, MONITORING AND CALIBRATION


1 Standards, colibration and testing of PV modules and solar cells (C.R. Osterwald)


2 PV system monitoring (B. Cross)


3 Calibration, testing and monitoring of space solar cells (E. Fernandez Lisbona)

PART V - ECONOMICS, ENVIRONMENT AND BUSINESS STRATEGY


1 Overview of potential hazards (V.M Fthenakis)


2 Energy pay-back time and CO2 emissions of PV systems (E. Alsema)


3 World photovoltaic markets (P. Maycock)


4 National and regional support programmes (B. Yordi)

Details

No. of pages:
998
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier Science 2003
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
eBook ISBN:
9780080480206
Hardcover ISBN:
9781856173902

About the Editor

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

Luis Castaner

T. Markvart

L. Castaner

Affiliations and Expertise

Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain