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Solar energy : an introduction

Author: Michael Mackay
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Solar Energy presents an introduction to all aspects of solar energy, from photovoltaic devices to active and passive solar thermal energy conversion, giving both a detailed and broad perspective of the field. It is aimed at the beginner involved in solar energy or a related field, or for someone wanting to gain a broader perspective of solar energy technologies. A chapter considering solar radiation, basic  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Mackay
ISBN: 9780199652105 0199652104 9780199652112 0199652112
OCLC Number: 921104038
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 240 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Why solar energy is important --
Should solar energy be harvested? --
The magnitude of energy consumption --
The future for solar energy --
2. Solar radiation --
Fusion in the sun --
Extraterrestrial solar radiation --
Earth and Sun geometry --
Terrestrial solar radiation --
Useful irradiance --
Time averages --
3. Basic principles --
Thermodynamics : closed systems --
Thermodynamics : open systems --
Light absorption --
Photovoltaics --
Solar thermal systems --
4. Electrons in solids --
The nature of radiation --
Band structure --
Schrödinger's equation --
Electron in a box --
Electron in a periodic potential --
Band diagrams --
Dynamics --
Density of states --
5. Light absorption --
Absorption of radiation --
Absorption coefficient --
Band gap energy determination --
Generation of heat --
6. The photovoltaic device --
What happens inside a photovoltaic device? --
Details of what happens in a photovoltaic device --
Current-voltage relation --
Parameters for an operating photovoltaic device --
7. The solar chimney and tower --
The chimney --
The solar chimney --
The solar tower --
8. The flat plate solar energy collector --
The basic system --
The effect of a cover --
The effect of mass flow rate and device area --
Recirculation of water --
Stagnation temperature --
9. Solar thermal energy generated electricity --
The Rankine cycle --
Parabolic reflectors to concentrate insolation --
The basic process --
the effect of an envelope --
A. Useful numbers, constants and relations --
B. Physical properties --
C. Dimensionless numbers and momentum and heat transfer correlations. --
List of symbols. .
Responsibility: Michael E. Mackay.
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