Designing Indoor Solar Products: Photovoltaic Technologies for AES / Edition 1

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Photovoltaic technology - or the direct conversion of light into electricity - is the fastest growing means of electricity generation today, however it is generally used outdoors. Relatively little attention has been focused on the many obstacles to overcome when designing efficient indoor products. As a result, indoor products are more often than not limited to low power. Designing Indoor Solar Products bridges this gap by showing where AES (Ambient Energy Systems) based on photovoltaic cells may be used for higher power devices.

Motivated by both financial and ecological arguments, this book:

  • Co-ordinates a wide-reaching range of scientific information regarding photovoltaic technologies and their application to indoor spaces.
  • Analyses power management, power availability, technological selection and design methodologies.
  • Uses real-life examples and case studies to demonstrate the arguments made.
  • Presents information in such a way as to make it accessible even to engineers with basic electrical knowledge.

Designing Indoor Solar Products pulls together a wealth of information on photovoltaic technologies and their applications. It will be of practical interest to engineers and designers of sensor systems planning on using photovoltaic technology for power, whilst the theoretical approach will appeal to those in academia in the related areas of environmental engineering, sustainable development as well as building and product design.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470016619
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/3/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Julian Randall is a Senior Research Fellow at the ETHZ (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschulze Zurich), Switzerland. His Bachelor of Engineering with honours is from University of Wales College, Cardiff and he holds a doctorate from the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), Switzerland. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the IEE and IEEE.
Dr. Randall is an active researcher of indoor photovoltaic solar application, most recently for a wearable autonomous location tracking system [207]. He is the general chair of the Second International Forum on Applied Wearable Computing in Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests include, but are not limited to, ambient energy power sources, context-aware wearable systems, autonomous systems and human-computer interfaces. Any queries should be directed via

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Table of Contents

About the author.




1. State of the Art.


Low Power Energy Sources.

Intellectual Property Rights.

IPV Taxonomies.

IPV gaps in knowledge.


2. Engineering design.


Defining design.

Trends in engineering design.

Life Cycle Methods.


3. Radiant Energy Indoors.


Physics of buildings.

Photometric characterisation.

Radiometric characterisations.

Computer simulation.



Future work.

Further reading.

4. Fundamentals of Solar Cells.


A brief history of solar collectors and PV.

Photonic semiconductors.

Photovoltaic Technology.

Suboptimal solar cell efficiency.

IPV Material Technologies.

Efficiency improvements.


Further reading.

5. Solar Cells for Indoor Use.


Technology performance at indoor light levels.

Indoor light level model presentation.


Designing PV modules for indoor use.


Further work.

6. Indoor Ambient Energy Charge Storage.


Trends in charge storage.

Charge storage technology.

Charge storage parameters.

To determine storage capacity.

Electrochemical Storage Technologies.


Future Work.

Further reading.

7. Ambient Energy Power Source Design.



Conceptual Design.


Detailed Design.

Case studies.


Further reading.


Abbreviations and Symbols.




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