Solar Energy: The physics and engineering of photovoltaic conversion, technologies and systems (Paperback)

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Solar Energy: The physics and engineering of photovoltaic conversion, technologies and systems By Arno Smets, Klaus Jäger, Olindo Isabella, René van Swaaij, Miro Zeman Cover Image


This book provides a broad overview on the different aspects of solar energy, with a focus on photovoltaics, which is the technology that allows light energy to be converted into electric energy.

Renewable energy sources have become increasingly popular in recent years, and solar is one of the most adaptable and attractive types – from solar farms to support the National Grid to roof panels/tiles used for solar thermal heating systems, and small solar garden lights.

Written by Delft University researchers, Solar Energy uniquely covers both the physics of photovoltaic (PV) cells and the design of PV systems for real-life applications, from a concise history of solar cells components and location issues of current systems. The book is designed to make this complicated subject accessible to all, and is packed with fascinating graphs and charts, as well as useful exercises to cement the topics covered in each chapter.

Solar Energy outlines the fundamental principles of semiconductor solar cells, as well as PV technology: crystalline silicon solar cells, thin-film cells, PV modules, and third-generation concepts. There is also background on PV systems, from simple stand-alone to complex systems connected to the grid. This is an invaluable reference for physics students, researchers, industrial engineers and designers working in solar energy generation, as well those with a general interest in renewable energy.

About the Author

The authors all teach and research physics at the University of Delft in The Netherlands, where they are prominent in the field of solar photovoltaics. Their vision is to educate the next generation about the development of sustainable energy systems for a greener future.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781906860325
ISBN-10: 1906860327
Publisher: UIT Cambridge Ltd.
Publication Date: February 4th, 2016
Pages: 488
Language: English