Photovoltaic Solar Energy: From Fundamentals to Applications

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Solar PV is now the third most important renewable energy source, after hydro and wind power, in terms of global installed capacity. Bringing together the expertise of international PV specialists Photovoltaic Solar Energy: From Fundamentals to Applications provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of existing PV technologies in conjunction with an assessment of technological developments.

Key features:

  • Written by leading specialists active in concurrent developments in material sciences, solar cell research and application-driven R&D.
  • Provides a basic knowledge base in light, photons and solar irradiance and basic functional principles of PV.
  • Covers characterization techniques, economics and applications of PV such as silicon, thin-film and hybrid solar cells.
  • Presents a compendium of PV technologies including: crystalline silicon technologies; chalcogenide thin film solar cells; thin-film silicon based PV technologies; organic PV and III-Vs; PV concentrator technologies; space technologies and economics, life-cycle and user aspects of PV technologies.
  • Each chapter presents basic principles and formulas as well as major technological developments in a contemporary context with a look at future developments in this rapidly changing field of science and engineering.

Ideal for industrial engineers and scientists beginning careers in PV as well as graduate students undertaking PV research and high-level undergraduate students.

 

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Contents

List of Contributors xxvii
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Part Two BASIC FUNCTIONAL PRINCIPLES OF PHOTOVOLTAICS 13
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Part Four CHALCOGENIDE THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS
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Part Three CRYSTALLINE SILICON TECHNOLOGIES
67
AlO
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Susanne Siebentritt
169
Velocity and Emitter Recombination Parameters
339
Part Eight IIIVs AND PV CONCENTRATOR TECHNOLOGIES
371
Efficiencies
387
Part Nine SPACE TECHNOLOGIES
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Part Eleven PV SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS
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Negar Naghavi
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William Shafarman
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Part Five THIN FILM SILICONBASED PV TECHNOLOGIES
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Part Six ORGANIC PHOTOVOLTAICS
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Part Seven CHARACTERIZATION AND MEASUREMENTS METHODS
303
Silicon Photovoltaics
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Part Twelve PV DEPLOYMENT IN DISTRIBUTION GRIDS
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Grid Projects
612
Part Thirteen SUPPORTING METHODS AND TOOLS
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Prof Angèle Reinders, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Angèle Reinders is currently an associate professor of Sustainable Energy at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, and visiting professor of Energy-Efficient Design at TU Delft, The Netherlands

Dr Pierre Verlinden, Trina Solar, China
Pierre Verlinden is Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Trina Solar , and adjunct professor at Sun-Yat sen University, Guangzhou, China.

Prof Wilfried van Sark, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Wilfried van Sark is an associate professor at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Prof Alexandre Freundlich, University of Houston, USA
Alexandre Freundlich is a research professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston.

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