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From space to earth : the story of solar electricity

Author: John Perlin
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press edView all editions and formats
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Perlin traces the evolution of photovoltaics from its 19th century beginnings through its success in the space programme to its current position as an indispensable, versatile and largely unrecognised power generator.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Perlin
ISBN: 0674010132 9780674010130
OCLC Number: 50166715
Notes: Originally published: Ann Arbor, MI : Aatec Publications, 1999.
Description: xvi, 221 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Photovoltaics: the great solar hope --
Photoelectric dreams --
The dream becomes real --
Searching for applications --
Saved by the space race --
Bringing solar cells down to earth --
The first mass earth market --
Captain Lomer's saga --
Working on the railroad --
Long distance for everyone --
Father Verspieren preaches the solar gospel --
Electrifying the unelectrified --
Solarizing the electrified --
Better cells, cheaper cells --
The silent revolution continues.
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A vivid and fascinating historical account of the advances of photovoltaics on Earth. [Perlin's] book tells us the success story of the pioneers of solar cells, crediting them for their imagination Read more...

 
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