Solar Energy: An Introduction

Paperback | July 18, 2015

byMichael E. Mackay

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Solar Energy presents an introduction to all aspects of solar energy, from photovoltaic devices to active and passive solar thermal energy conversion, giving both a detailed and broad perspective of the field. It is aimed at the beginner involved in solar energy or a related field, or forsomeone wanting to gain a broader perspective of solar energy technologies.A chapter considering solar radiation, basic principles applied to solar energy, semiconductor physics, and light absorption brings the reader on equal footing with the technology of either solar generated electrical current or useful heat. Details of how a solar cell works and then production ofcurrent from a photovoltaic device is discussed. Characterization of a solar cell is examined, allowing one the ability to interpret the current-voltage relation, followed by discussion of parameter extraction from this relation. This information can be used to understand what limits the performanceof a given solar cell with the potential to optimize its performance. Applications of solar thermal energy are reviewed in detail from passive applications, for example the solar chimney, to active, such as the solar (power) tower, flat plate water heater, and solar thermal electricity generation.Consistency of analysis between the solar thermal applications is used enabling the reader to fully appreciate similarities and dissimilarities between these technologies. Ultimately, the scientist or engineer can understand existing systems, either photovoltaic or solar thermal devices, and designtheir own technology given the information in this book.

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Solar Energy presents an introduction to all aspects of solar energy, from photovoltaic devices to active and passive solar thermal energy conversion, giving both a detailed and broad perspective of the field. It is aimed at the beginner involved in solar energy or a related field, or forsomeone wanting to gain a broader perspective of...

Michael E. Mackay received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering with distinction from the University of Delaware, then worked for Proctor and Gamble prior to attending graduate school at the University of Illinois (Urbana) where he received M.S. and PhD degrees in chemical engineering. He subsequently became a postdoctoral...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.49 inPublished:July 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199652112

ISBN - 13:9780199652112

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Table of Contents

1. Why solar energy is important2. Solar radiation3. Basic principles4. Electrons in solids5. Light absorption6. The photovoltaic device7. The solar chimney and tower8. The flat plate solar energy collector9. Solar thermal energy generated electricityAppendix A: Physical properties