Thermodynamics of Solar Energy Conversion

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Alexis De Vos

The physical framework used to describe the various conversions is endoreversible thermodynamics, a subset of irreversible thermodynamics. Thermodynamics of Solar Energy Conversion provides an excellent generalized introduction into principles of solar energy conversion for everybody knowing some basics of university mathematics. Described are situations which are not in equilibrium and in which entropy is continuously created, but which are nevertheless stationary. In dealing with endoreversible thermodynamics, the given information in this book enables the reader to calculate the explicit values for a broad class of processes. It is demonstrated that solar energy conversion is a process particularly suited to being described in this way.

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Alexis De Vos is electrical engineer and physicist, graduated from the Universiteit Gent (Belgium). He is currently part-time system engineer of the Flemish interuniversity microelectronics research centre, and part-time professor at the department of Elektronica en informatiesystemen of the Universiteit Gent. His research is concerned with material science (polymers, semiconductors, metals, liquid crystals), microelectronics (thin films, chips) and energy sciences (thermodynamics, solar energy, endoreversible engines, reversible computing). Besides writing this book, he was co-editor of the book “Thermodynamics of energy conversion and transport” (published 2000). Since 1993, he is the coordinator of the pan-European Carnot Network on thermodynamics and thermo- economics of energy conversion and transport.

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