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Overview

In just the last few years, the increase in worldwide photovoltaic (PV) shipments has grown from 15 to 25 percent per year. Grid-connected applications have surpassed stand-alone applications, system components have realized significant improvements, and major efforts are underway to build a quality control infrastructure for PV systems. Such rapid growth and evolution continues to put engineers skilled in PV systems at a premium.

Thoroughly updated, Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, Second Edition offers a practical engineering basis for PV system design. It provides quick exposure to all system building blocks, then examines both the whys and hows of the electrical, mechanical, economic, and aesthetic aspects of PV system design-why certain designs are done in certain ways and how the design process is implemented. Students mastering the contents of this book will have the engineering judgement needed to make intelligent decisions based on a clear understanding of the parameters involved in PV systems.

Highlights of the Second Edition:

Y Complete updates to each chapter that incorporate currently available system components and recent changes in codes and standards Y Increased emphasis on design trade-offs and the design of grid-connected systems Y New discussions on site evaluation, and battery connections Y A new section on array mounting system design Y A new section on utility interactive residential PV systems Y A new section on curve fitting using Excel Y A new appendix that presents a recommended format for submitting PV design packages for permitting or design review purposes Y Examples and exercises replaced or modified to incorporate contemporary components, such as the Linear Current Booster

"...this is the first book to provide a comprehensive treatment of photovoltaic engineering design addressing both electrical & mechanical considerations with problems ideal for self-study."

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To help fill the demand for engineers skilled in photovoltaic (PV) solar cell systems generated by global efforts to develop clean energy sources and by advances in thin film technology, the authors provide exposure to all aspects of PV system design: electrical, mechanical, economic, and aesthetic. With examples, photos, diagrams, tables, and equations, they explain what to do, how to do it, why, and trends for the "1 in 4.6837" students they hope will contribute to the field. Chapters include homework problems without an answer key. Appends data tables on the average daily irradiation for 20 selected cities worldwide and PV-related web sites. Messenger is in electrical engineering at Florida Atlantic U., Boca Raton; Ventre works at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849317934
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Background
Ch. 2 The Sun
Ch. 3 Introduction to PV Systems
Ch. 4 PV System Examples
Ch. 5 Cost Considerations
Ch. 6 Mechanical Considerations
Ch. 7 Stand-Alone PV Systems
Ch. 8 Utility Interactive PV Systems
Ch. 9 Externalities and Photovoltaics
Ch. 10 The Physics of Photovoltaic Cells
Ch. 11 Present and Proposed PV Cells
App. A Average Daily Irradiation for Selected Cities
App. B A Partial Listing of PV-Related Web Sites
App. C: Design Review Checklist
Index
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