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Solar Energy

Richter, Christoph, Lincot, Daniel, Gueymard, Christian A. (Eds.)

2013, XV, 744 p. 503 illus., 355 illus. in color.

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  • About this encyclopedia

  • Features authoritative, peer-reviewed entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology
  • Provides detailed analysis of present-day photovoltaic deployment and key solar cell technologies currently in development
  • Presents state-of-the-art measurement and modeling techniques for solar resource studies and solar energy utilization
  • Covers a wide range of technologies that actively convert solar radiation into useful heat for applications ranging from space heating, cooking, and domestic hot water supply, to electrical power generation and high temperature thermochemical processes
  • Includes a glossary of key terms and a concise definition of the subject for each contribution
The tiny portion of the sun's energy that reaches the earth in one year is approximately 10,000 times the energy consumption of humankind during that same period.  Absorbed in the atmosphere and on the surface of the earth, it is responsible for the temperature range that enables our diverse ecosystems to exist, and also for a significant portion of the available renewable and fossil energy supplies.  Featuring 30 authoritative, peer-reviewed entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, this volume presents fundamental principles and cutting-edge technologies for sustainably harnessing this vital resource.  Sections on photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, and solar radiation provide a comprehensive introduction for those new to these fields, as well as new insights for advanced researchers and industry experts.

Content Level » Upper undergraduate

Keywords » CdTe Solar Cells - Chalcopyrite-based Thin Film Solar Cells - Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology - Mesoscopic Solar Cells - Organic Solar Cells - PV - Photovoltaics - Photovoltaics Sustainability - Silicon Solar Cells - Solar Cooling Systems - Solar Radiation - Solar Thermal Desalination - Solar Thermal Energy - Solar Updraft Towers - Thermal Energy Storage

Related subjects » Energy Technology - Optical & Electronic Materials - Renewable and Green Energy - Systems, Storage and Harvesting

Table of contents 

Part I: Photovoltaics
CdTe Solar Cells
Mesoscopic Solar Cells
Organic Solar Cells
Photovoltaic Energy, Introduction
Photovoltaics, Status of
PV Policies and Markets
Silicon Solar Cells, Crystalline
Silicon Solar Cells, Thin-film
Solar Cells, Chalcopyrite-Based Thin Film
Solar Cells: Very High Efficiencies Approaches
Solar Cells: Energy Payback Times and Environmental Issues 

Part II: Solar Radiation
Photosynthetically Active Radiation: Measurement and Modeling
Solar Constant and Total Solar Irradiance Variations
Solar Irradiance, Global Distribution
Solar Radiation for Solar Energy Utilization
Solar Radiation Spectrum
Solar Radiation, Spatial and Temporal Variability
Topographic Solar Radiation Modeling for Environmental Applications

 Part III: Solar Thermal Energy
Concentrating Receiver Systems (Solar Power Tower)
Linear Fresnel Collectors
Parabolic Trough Solar Technology
Solar Collectors, Non-concentrating
Solar Cookers and Dryers to Conserve Human and Planet Health
Solar Cooling Systems
Solar Detoxification and Disinfection of Water
Solar Energy in Thermochemical Processing
Solar Thermal Desalination
Solar Thermal Energy, Introduction
Solar Updraft Towers
Thermal Energy Storage

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