Low-Cost Solar Electric Power

Authors: Fraas, Lewis M.

  • Provides a highly-accessible guide to modern, low-cost, solar electric power, with a systems and applications perspective on solar photovoltaics
  • Addresses three key areas for typical criticism of solar energy: cost, availability, and solar in the evening
  • Discusses solar cells, modules and systems, including newest, 40% efficient solar cells
  • Includes coverage of infrared photovoltaic cells for combined heat and power with natural gas systems, operating at night and in cold climates
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 This book describes recent breakthroughs that promise major cost reductions in solar energy production in a clear and highly accessible manner. The author addresses the three key areas that have commonly resulted in criticism of solar energy in the past: cost, availability, and variability. Coverage includes cutting-edge information on recently developed 40 efficient solar cells, which can produce double the power of currently available commercial cells. The discussion also highlights the potentially transformative emergence of opportunities for integration of solar energy storage and natural gas combined heat and power systems. Solar energy production in the evening hours is also given fresh consideration via the convergence of low cost access to space and the growing number of large terrestrial solar electric power fields around the world.

Dr. Fraas has been active in the development of Solar Cells and Solar Electric Power Systems for space and terrestrial applications since 1975. His research team at Boeing demonstrated the first GaAs/GaSb tandem concentrator solar cell in 1989 with a world record energy conversion efficiency of 35, garnering awards from Boeing and NASA. He has over 30 years of experience at Hughes Research Labs, Chevron Research Co, and the Boeing High Technology Center working with advanced semiconductor devices. In a pioneering paper, he proposed the InGaP/GaInAs/Ge triple junction solar cell predicting a cell terrestrial conversion efficiency of 40 at 300 suns concentration. Having become today’s predominant cell for space satellites, that cell is now entering high volume production for terrestrial Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) systems. Since joining JX Crystals, Dr. Fraas has pioneered the development of various thermophotovoltaic (TPV) systems based on the new GaSb infrared sensitive PV cell. Dr. Fraas holds degrees from Caltech (B.Sc. Physics), Harvard (M. A. Applied Physics), and USC (Ph.D. EE).

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Dr. Fraas has been active in the development of Solar Cells and Solar Electric Power Systems for space and terrestrial applications since 1975. He led the research team at Boeing that demonstrated the first GaAs/GaSb tandem concentrator solar cell in 1989 with a world record energy conversion efficiency of 35%.  He received awards from Boeing and NASA for this work. He has over 30 years of experience at Hughes Research Labs, Chevron Research Co, and the Boeing High Technology Center working with advanced semiconductor devices.

Dr. Fraas joined JX Crystals in 1993, where he has led the development of advanced solar cells and concentrated sunlight systems. At JX Crystals, he pioneered the development of various thermophotovoltaic (TPV) systems based on the new GaSb infrared sensitive PV cell.  In 1978 while at Hughes Research Labs, he published a pioneering paper proposing the InGaP/GaInAs/Ge triple junction solar cell predicting a cell terrestrial conversion efficiency of 40% at 300 suns concentration.  This 40% efficiency has now been achieved and this cell is the predominant cell today for space satellites.  It is now entering high volume production for terrestrial Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) systems.  

Dr Fraas holds degrees from Caltech (B.Sc. Physics), Harvard (M. A. Applied Physics), and USC (Ph.D. EE).  At Caltech, he studied Physics with Prof. Richard P. Feynman.  Dr. Fraas has written over 350 technical papers, over 60 patents, and a book entitled Path to Affordable Solar Electric Power & The 35% Efficient Solar Cell (2005).  He is co-editor and co-author of a Wiley book entitled Solar Cells and Their Applications (2nd Edition) published in 2010. 

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • History of Solar Cell Development

    Fraas, Lewis M.

    Pages 1-12

  • The Solar PV Market Today and the Need for Non-polluting Solar Energy

    Fraas, Lewis M.

    Pages 13-29

  • Types of Photovoltaic Cells

    Fraas, Lewis M.

    Pages 31-43

  • Fundamentals of PV and the Importance of Single Crystals

    Fraas, Lewis M.

    Pages 45-61

  • Terrestrial Silicon Solar Cells Today

    Fraas, Lewis M.

    Pages 63-71

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-07530-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-07529-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 3, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37787-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Low-Cost Solar Electric Power
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Delhi Book Store, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-07530-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-07530-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-07529-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37787-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 181
Number of Illustrations and Tables
60 b/w illustrations, 95 illustrations in colour
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