Standalone Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for Disaster Relief and Remote Areas

Standalone Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for Disaster Relief and Remote Areas

1st Edition - August 23, 2016

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  • Author: Salahuddin Qazi
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128030226
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128030417

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Standalone Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for Disaster Relief and Remote Areas explores the increased demand for energy, including clean energy alternatives and the ways that solar energy is fast becoming a vital source for meeting peak demand, a solution for energy demand in disaster and remote areas, and a viable source to meet emerging energy security needs. The book provides a detailed overview of PV systems and applications for disaster and remote areas, and includes a guide on how to provide electricity during outages, along with important discussions on the need for increasing the resilience of the grid. The differences and requirements for standalone, mobile, and portable PV systems are discussed, along with how systems can be deployed, transported, and used in remote areas. In addition, the book discusses the use of solar PV systems to create environmentally friendly power systems for remote communities that can be operated independently, also comparing the costs, emissions, and practical applications of other technologies.

Key Features

  • Types of natural disasters, their effect on peoples’ lives, on world economy, impact on electric grid and costs of power outages
  • Energy Needs in the aftermath of disasters and remote areas both in developed and developing Countries, including how PV systems can provide electricity affordably, with resilience and reducing grid impact by way of community solar and solar microgrid
  • Detailed description of the types and components of standalone photovoltaic systems, modeling and simulation and performance analysis
  • New initiatives, programs and case studies for providing solar-generated electricity to low-income people both in the United States and the developing world at low cost
  • Examples of assembling one’s own PV module and dye-sensitized solar cells, results, databases and industry standards


Engineers, PV installers, Local and State governments, energy industry professionals, academics, researchers, Federal agencies

Table of Contents

  • 1. Natural Disasters and Remote areas
    2. Photovoltaic System
    3. Mobile Photovoltaic Systems for Disasters and Remote Areas
    4. Portable Photovoltaic Systems for Disasters and Remote Areas
    5. Standalone (fixed) Photovoltaic Systems for Disasters and Remote Areas
    6. Resilience and Affordability of Photovoltaic Systems for Disasters and Remote Areas
    7. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Cells
    8. Building Your Own Solar PV Modules

Product details

  • No. of pages: 308
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2016
  • Published: August 23, 2016
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128030226
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128030417

About the Author

Salahuddin Qazi

Prior to becoming an Emeritus Professor, he spent a year completing a project on developing instructional material for an NSF-funded project on “Visualization and Manipulation of Nanoscale Components using Atomic Force Microscopy.” For the last 30 years at SUNYIT, he taught and developed courses in the area of fiber optics, wireless communication, optical communications, nanotechnology, photovoltaic energy, computer and data communication. During his tenure at SUNYIT, he was chairman of the EET department, coordinator of the photonics program and Director of the Master of Science program in advanced technology, which he helped to develop.

Professor Qazi is a recipient of several awards including the William Goddel award for research creativity at SUNYIT and engineering professionalism by Mohawk Valley Engineering Executive Committee. Professor Qazi forged closer relations with the IEEE Mohawk Valley section, is a life member of IEEE and a member of American Society of Engineering Education. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical engineering from Loughborough University, U.K.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (formerly SUNYIT), Utica, NY, USA

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