Solar Energy Conversion Systems

  • ID: 2559835
  • Book
  • 480 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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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 provides common points of reference, as well as techniques, for effective estimation of evolving technologies.

- Contextualizes solar conversion for systems design and implementation in practical applications- Provides a complete understanding of solar power, from underlying science to essential economic outcomes- Analytical approach emphasizes systems simulations from measured irradiance and weather data rather than estimations from "rules of thumb"- Emphasizes integrative design and solar utility, where trans-disciplinary teams can develop sustainable solar solutions that increase client well-being and ecosystems services for a given locale

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Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Context and Philosophy of Design

Chapter 3 Laws of Light

Chapter 4 Physics of Light, Heat, Work, and Photoconversion

Chapter 5 Meteorology: The Many Facets of the Sky

Chapter 6 Sun-Earth Geometry

Chapter 7 Applying the Angles to Shadows

Chapter 8 Measure and Estimation of the Solar Resource

Chapter 9 Solar Energy Economics

Chapter 10 Solar Project Finance

Chapter 11 The Sun As Commons

Chapter 12 Systems Logic of Devices: Patterns

Chapter 13 Systems Logic of Devices: Optocalorics

Chapter 14 Systems Logic of Devices: Optoelectronics

Chapter 15 Concentration-The Pattern to Manipulate Light

Chapter 16 Project Design

Appendix A: Energy Conversion Systems

Appendix B: Numeracy and Units in Solar Energy

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Brownson, Jeffrey R. S.
Jeffrey R. S. Brownson, Associate Professor of Energy & Mineral Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering; Solar Option Lead: iMPS Renewable Energy & Sustainability Systems, The Pennsylvania State University
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