reliable, accessible and comprehensive guide for students of
photovoltaic applications and renewable energy engineering. This
thoroughly considered textbook from a group of leading influential and
award-winning authors is brimming with information and is carefully
designed to meet the needs of its readers. Along with exercises and
references at the end of each chapter, the book features a set of
detailed technical appendices that provide essential equations, data
sources and standards. Starting from basics with 'The Characteristics
of Sunlight' the reader is guided step-by-step through semiconductors
and p-n junctions; the behaviour of solar cells; cell properties ad
design; and PV cell interconnection and module fabrication. The book
covers stand-alone photovoltaic systems; specific purpose photovoltaic
systems; remote are power supply systems; and grid-connected
photovoltaic systems. There is also a section on photovoltaic water
pumping system components and design. Applied Photovolatics is well
illustrated and readable with an abundance of diagrams and
illustrations, and will provide the reader with all the information
needed to start working with photovoltaics.
'An excellent introduction to the science, principles and practice of photovoltaic energy conversion.'
Jenny Nelson, Professor of Physics, Imperial College, London, UK
'The leading research, teaching and engineering group has made another important contribution to photovoltaic education.'
Allen Barnett, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware, USA.
book will make an excellent reference for engineers and scientists
involved in photovoltaics. The breadth of knowledge contained within
and the detailed equations to support it, as well as being an easy
reading style will enable people to get to the understanding of why PV
systems are put together the way they are - well beyond rules of thumb.'
Mike Dymond, Sowilo Engineering Pty Ltd for Solar Progress
reading for any course which deals with hands-on aspects of
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Tom Markvart, University of Southampton
'This book focuses on the system aspects of photovoltaic (PV) applications and renewable energy engineering.'
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF SUNLIGHT
SEMICONDUCTORS AND P-N JUNCTIONS
THE BEHAVIOUR OF SOLAR CELLS
CELL PROPERTIES AND DESIGN
PV CELL INTERCONNECTION AND MODULE FABRICATION
STAND-ALONE PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM COMPONENTS
DESIGNING STAND-ALONE PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS
SPECIFIC PURPOSE PHOTOVOLTAIC APPLICATIONS
REMOTE AREA POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS
GRID-CONNECTED PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS
PHOTOVOLTAIC WATER PUMPING SYSTEM COMPONENTS
PV WATER PUMPING SYSTEM DESIGN
STANDARD AM0 AND AM1.5 SPECTRA
EQUATIONS FOR CALCULATING SUN POSITION
CHARACTERISTIC DAYS AND DECLINATIONS
SOME INSOLATION DATA SOURCES
ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF POWER FOR WATER PUMPING
STAND-ALONE PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM DESIGN
SYSTEM DESIGN FOR PV-POWERED WATER PUMPING
About the Authors:
Stuart R. Wenham,
Martin A. Green, Muriel E. Watt and Richard Corkish all teach at the
University of New South Wales Centre for Photovoltaic Engineering,