Why solar energy is important -- Solar radiation -- Basic principles -- Electrons in solids -- Light absorption -- The photovoltaic device -- The solar chimney and tower -- The flat plate solar energy collector -- Solar thermal energy generated electricity -- Appendices
This book provides an introduction to all aspects of solar energy, from photovoltaic devices to active and passive solar thermal energy conversion is presented, giving both a detailed and a broad perspective of the field. At the start, a chapter considering solar radiation, basic principles applied to solar energy, semiconductor physics and light absorption brings the reader to an equal footing with the technologies of either solar generated electrical current or useful heat. Details of how a solar cell works and then production of current from a photovoltaic device are subsequently discussed. Characterization of a solar cell is examined, allowing one the ability to interpret the current–voltage relation, which is followed by discussion of parameter extraction from this relation. This information can be used to understand what limits the performance of a given solar cell, with the potential then to optimize its performance. Applications of solar thermal energy are subsequently reviewed in detail: from passive applications, like the solar chimney, to active, such as the solar (power) tower, flat plate water heater and solar thermal electricity generation.from photovoltaic devices to active and passive solar thermal energy conversion is presented, giving both a detailed and a broad perspective of the field.
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