Practical Handbook of Photovoltaics: Fundamentals and Applications 2/E

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As part of the growing sustainable and renewable energy movement, the design, manufacture and use of photovoltaic devices is increasing in pace and frequency. The Handbook of Photovoltaics will be a 'benchmark' publication for those involved in the design, manufacture and use of these devices.

The Handbook covers the principles of solar cell function, the raw materials, photovoltaic systems, standards, calibration, testing, economics and case studies.

The editors have assembled a cast of internationally-respected contributors from industry and academia.

The report is essential reading for: Physicists, electronic engineers, designers of systems, installers, architects, policy-makers relating to photovoltaics.

Key Features:


  • A thorough update to the 'benchmark' publication from a cast of industrial and academic international experts ensures top quality information from multiple stakeholder perspectives
  • Covers all things PV- from principles of solar cells and their raw materials, to the installation and design of full PV systems, including standards, testing, economics and environmental impacts
  • Case studies, practical examples and reports on the latest advances take the new edition of this amazing resource beyond a vast collection of knowledge, into the realm of real world applications



Guide to the Usage of the Handbook by Professional Groups

List of contributors


PART I: Solar Radiation
The role of solar radiation climatology in the design of PV systems- J Page

PART II: Solar Cells
IIa) Introduction
Principles of solar cell operationr
Semiconductor materials and modeling Ideal efficiencies

IIb) Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells
Silicon: Manufacture and Properties
Low cost industrial manufacture of crystalline silicon solar cells
Thin silicon solar cells
Characterization and diagnosis of silicon wafers and devices
High-efficiency silicon solar cell concepts

IIc) Thin Film Technologies
Amorphous silicon solar cells
Microcrystalline silicon solar cells
Cadmium telluride thin-film PV modules
Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin film solar cells

IId) Space and Concentrator Cells
GaAs and high-efficiency space cells
High-efficiency concentrator silicon solar cells

IIe) Organic and Dye Sensitized Cells
Photoelectrochemical solar cells
Organic and Plastic Solar Cells

PART III: Photovoltaic Systems

IIIa) Introduction
Energy production by a PV array
Energy balance in standalone PV systems
Review of system design and sizing tools

IIIb) Balance of System Components
System electronics
Batteries in PV systems

IIIc) Grid Connected Systems
Grid connection of PV generators: technical and regulatory issues
Installation guidelines: construction
Installation guidelines: electrical

IIId) Space and Concentrator Systems
Concentrator systems
Operation of solar cells in a space environment

IIIe) Case Studies
Architectural integration
Performance, reliability and user experience
Solar-powered products

PART IV: Testing, Monitoring and Calibration
Standards, calibration and testing of PV modules and solar cells
PV System Monitoring
Calibration, testing and monitoring of space solar cells

PART V: Economics, Environment and Business Strategy
Overview of potential hazards
Energy payback time and CO2 emissions of PV systems
World photovoltaic markets
National and regional support programs


A Constants, Physical Quantities and Conversion Factors
B List of Principle Symbols
C Abbreviations and Acronyms
D Bibliography
E International and US Standards with Relevance to Photovoltaics
F Useful Websites, Journals and Newsheets

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