Solar Energy Conversion Systems, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0123973155
  • ISBN-13: 9780123973153
  • DDC: 621.47
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 480 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Solar energy conversion requires a different mind-set from traditional energy engineering in order to assess distribution, scales of use, systems design, predictive economic models for fluctuating solar resources, and planning to address transient cycles and social adoption. Solar Energy Conversion Systems examines solar energy conversion as an integrative design process, applying systems thinking methods to a solid knowledge base for creators of solar energy systems. This approach permits different levels of access for the emerging broad audience of scientists, engineers, architects, planners, and economists. Traditional texts in solar energy engineering have often emerged from mechanical or chemical engineering fields. Instead, Solar Energy Conversion Systems approaches solar energy conversion from the perspectives of integrative design, environmental technology, sustainability science, and materials science in the wake of amazing new thin films, polymers, and glasses developed by the optoelectronics and semiconductor industries. This is a new solar text for the new generation of green job designers and developers. It's highlighted with vignettes that break down solar conversion into useful stories and provide common points of reference, as well as techniques, for effective estimation of evolving technologies.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Context and Philosophy of Design.
3: Laws of Light.
4: Physics of Light, Heat, Work, and Photoconversion.
5: Meteorology: The Many Facets of the Sky.
6: Sun-Earth Geometry.
7: Applying the Angles to Shadows and Tracking.
8: Measure and Estimation of the Solar Resource.
9: Solar Energy Economics.
10: Solar Project Finance.
11: The Sun as Commons.
12: Systems Logic of Devices: Patterns.
13: Systems Logic of Devices: Optocalorics.
14: Systems Logic of Devices: Optoelectronics.
15: Concentration—The Pattern to Manipulate Light.
16: Project Design.
Appendix A: Energy Conversion Systems.
Appendix B: Numeracy and Units in Solar Energy.