Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, Third Edition / Edition 3

Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, Third Edition / Edition 3

by Roger A. Messenger, Jerry Ventre
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1439802920

ISBN-13: 9781439802922

Pub. Date: 03/02/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The U.S. Department of Energy now estimates a factor of 14 increase in grid-connected systems between 2009 and 2017, depending upon various factors such as incentives for renewables and availability and price of conventional fuels.

With this fact in mind, Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, Third Edition presents a comprehensive engineering basis for

Overview

The U.S. Department of Energy now estimates a factor of 14 increase in grid-connected systems between 2009 and 2017, depending upon various factors such as incentives for renewables and availability and price of conventional fuels.

With this fact in mind, Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, Third Edition presents a comprehensive engineering basis for photovoltaic (PV) system design, so engineers can understand the what, why, and how associated with the electrical, mechanical, economic, and aesthetic aspects of PV system design. Building on the popularity of the first two editions, esteemed authors Roger Messenger and Jerry Ventre explore the significant growth and new ideas in the PV industry. They integrate their experience in system design and installation gained since publication of the last edition.

Intellectual tools to help engineers and students to understand new technologies and ideas in this rapidly evolving field

The book educates about the design of PV systems so that when engineering judgment is needed, the engineer can make intelligent decisions based on a clear understanding of the parameters involved. This goal differentiates this textbook from the many design and installation manuals that train the reader how to make design decisions, but not why. The authors explain why a PV design is executed a certain way, and how the design process is actually implemented.

In exploring these ideas, this cutting-edge book presents:

  • An updated background of energy production and consumption
  • Mathematical background for understanding energy supply and demand
  • A summary of the solar spectrum, how to locate the sun, and how to optimize the capture of its energy
  • Analysis of the components used in PV systems

Also useful for students, the text is full of additional practical considerations added to the theoretical background associated with mechanical and structural design. A modified top-down approach organizes the material to quickly cover the building blocks of the PV system. The focus is on adjusting the parameters of PV systems to optimize performance. The last two chapters present the physical basis of PV cell operation and optimization.
Presenting new problems based upon contemporary technology, this book covers a wide range of topics—including chemistry, circuit analysis, electronics, solid state device theory, and economics—this book will become a relied upon addition to any engineer’s library.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439802922
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
1,165,906
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Background
Population and Energy Demand
Energy Units
Current World Energy Use Patterns
Exponential Growth
Hubbert’s Gaussian Model
Net Energy, Btu Economics, and the Test for Sustainability
Direct Conversion of Sunlight to Electricity with Photovoltaics
The Sun
The Solar Spectrum
The Effect of Atmosphere on Sunlight
Sunlight Specifics
Capturing Sunlight
Introduction to PV Systems
The PV Cell
The PV Module
The PV Array
Energy Storage
PV System Loads
PV System Availability
Associated System Electronic Components
Generators
Balance of System (BOS) Components
Grid-Connected Utility-Interactive PV Systems
Applicable Codes and Standards
Design Considerations for Straight Grid-Connected PV Systems
Design of a System Based on Desired Annual System Performance
Design of a System Based on Available Roof Space
Design of a Microinverter-Based System
Design of a Nominal 21 kW System that Feeds a Three-Phase Distribution Panel
Design of a Nominal 250 kW System
System Performance Monitoring
Mechanical Considerations
Important Properties of Materials
Establishing Mechanical System Requirements
Design and Installation Guidelines
Forces Acting on PV Arrays
Array Mounting System Design
Computing Mechanical Loads and Stresses
Stand-off, Roof Mount Examples
Battery-Backup Grid-Connected PV Systems
Battery-Backup Design Basics
A Single-Inverter 120 V Battery-Backup System Based on Standby Loads
A 120/240 V Battery-Backup System Based on Available Roof Space
An 18 kW Battery-Backup System Using Inverters in Tandem
AC-Coupled Battery-Backup Systems
Battery Connections
Stand-Alone PV Systems
The Simplest Configuration: Module and Fan
A PV-Powered Water-Pumping System
A PV-Powered Parking Lot Lighting System
A Cathodic Protection System
A Portable Highway Advisory Sign
A Critical-Need Refrigeration System
A PV-Powered Mountain Cabin
A Hybrid-Powered, Off-Grid Residence
Summary of Design Procedures
Economic Considerations
Life-Cycle Costing
Borrowing Money
Payback Analysis
Externalities
Externalities and Photovoltaics
Externalities
Environmental Effects of Energy Sources
Externalities Associated with PV Systems
The Physics of Photovoltaic Cells
Optical Absorption
Extrinsic Semiconductors and the pn Junction
Maximizing PV Cell Performance
Exotic Junctions
Present and Proposed PV Cells and Systems
Silicon PV Cells
Gallium Arsenide Cells
Copper Indium (Gallium) Diselenide Cells
Cadmium Telluride Cells
Emerging Technologies
New Developments in System Design
Appendices
Index

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