Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering / Edition 1

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You will not find a more comprehensive reference on solar energy! Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering incorporates the most recent technological advances and research developments in photovoltaics. All topics relating to the photovoltaic (PV) industry are discussed and each chapter has been written by an internationally-known expert in the field.

Detailed treatment covers: *scientific basis of the photovoltaic effect and solar cell operation

*the production of solar silicon and of silicon-based solar cells and modules

*the science and technology of up-and-coming thin film PV technologies

*how choice of semiconductor materials and their production influence costs and performance

*high-performance approaches for concentrators and space applications

*new types of organic dye-based solar cells

*making measurements on solar cells and modules and how to relate results under standardised test conditions to real outdoor performance

*photovoltaic system installation and operation of components such as inverters and batteries.

*architectural applications of building-integrated PV

*finance and the role of investors: public funding and policy in promoting PV world-wide Each chapter is written to be partially accessible to beginners while providing detailed information of the physics and technology for experts. Encompassing a review of past work and the fundamentals in solar electric science, this outstanding reference provides an invaluable resource to practitioners, consultants, researchers and students in the PV engineering industry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471491965
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/20/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1168
  • Product dimensions: 6.93 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 2.59 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 Status, Trends, Challenges and the Bright Future of Solar Electricity from Photovoltaics 1
2 Motivation for Photovoltaic Application and Development 45
3 The Physics of the Solar Cell 61
4 Theoretical Limits of Photovoltaic Conversion 113
5 Solar Grade Silicon Feedstock 153
6 Bulk Crystal Growth and Wafering for PV 205
7 Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells and Modules 255
8 Thin-film Silicon Solar Cells 307
9 High-Efficiency III-V Multijunction Solar Cells 359
10 Space Solar Cells and Arrays 413
11 Photovoltaic Concentrators 449
12 Amorphous Silicon-based Solar Cells 505
13 Cu(InGa)Se[subscript 2] Solar Cells 567
14 Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells 617
15 Dye-sensitized Solar Cells 663
16 Measurement and Characterization of Solar Cells and Modules 701
17 Photovoltaic Systems 753
18 Electrochemical Storage for Photovoltaics 799
19 Power Conditioning for Photovoltaic Power Systems 863
20 Energy Collected and Delivered by PV Modules 905
21 Economic Analysis and Environmental Aspects of Photovoltaic Systems 971
22 PV in Architecture 1005
23 Photovoltaics and Development 1043
24 Financing PV Growth 1073
Index 1117
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