- 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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1. Introduction 2. Context and Philosophy of Design 3. Laws of Light 4. Physics of Light, Heat, Work, and Photoconversion 5. Meteorology: The Many Facets of the Sky 6. Sun-Earth Geometry 7. Applying the Angles to Shadows 8. Measure and Estimation of the Solar Resource 9. Solar Energy Economics 10. Solar Project Finance 11. The Sun As Commons 12. Systems Logic of Devices: Patterns 13. Systems Logic of Devices: Optocalorics 14. Systems Logic of Devices: Optoelectronics 15. Concentration-The Pattern to Manipulate Light 16. Project Design
Appendix A: Energy Conversion Systems B: Numeracy and Units in Solar Energy
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