Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual

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Overview

Producing electricity from the sun using photovoltaic (PV) systems has become a major industry worldwide. But designing, installing and maintaining such systems requires knowledge and training, and there have been few easily accessible, comprehensive guides to the subject.

Now, with Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual, a world-class solar energy training and education provider—Solar Energy International (SEI)—has made available the critical information to successfully design, install and maintain PV systems. The book contains an overview of photovoltaic electricity and a detailed description of PV system components, including PV modules, batteries, controllers and inverters. It also includes chapters on sizing photovoltaic systems, analyzing sites and installing PV systems, as well as detailed appendices on PV system maintenance, troubleshooting and solar insolation data for over 300 sites around the world. Used worldwide as the textbook in SEI’s PV Design & Installation workshops, topics covered include:

The basics of solar electricity
PV applications and system components
Solar site analysis and mounting
Stand-alone and PV/generator hybrid system sizing
Utility-interactive PV systems
Component specification, system costs and economics
Case studies and safety issues

Photovoltaics guarantees that those wanting to learn the skills of tapping the sun’s energy can do so with confidence.

Solar Energy International (SEI) has the nonprofit mission to respond to the need for renewable energy education. Based in Carbondale, Colorado, and active around the world, SEI is a link between people and renewable energy resources, providing information, education and training to people who want to shape a sustainable future. SEI is recognized by the National Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as dedicated independent provider of PV training programs that may be used toward attaining PV certification. Also, SEI is recognized as an Accredited Institution to offer PV training by the Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865715202
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 230,072
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Solar Energy International (SEI), from Carbondale, CO, is a non-profit that trains adults and youth in renewable energy and environmental building technologies. Since 1991, SEI has taught thousands of individuals from 12 US states and around the world, pioneering a hands-on approach acknowledged as the benchmark for renewable energy education and training. SEI staff are avid solar enthusiasts with decades of experience in passive solar design & construction, solar hot water, wind and micro-hydro power, solar cooking, and natural house building.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 An overview of photovoltaics
Ch. 2 Photovoltaic electric principles
Ch. 3 The solar resource
Ch. 4 Electric load analysis
Ch. 5 Photovoltaic modules
Ch. 6 Batteries
Ch. 7 PV controls
Ch. 8 Inverters
Ch. 9 Photovoltaic system wiring
Ch. 10 Sizing photovoltaic systems
Ch. 11 Utility-interactive systems
Ch. 12 Integrating photovoltaics into buildings
Ch. 13 Photovoltaic system applications
Ch. 14 Photovoltaic installation
Ch. 15 Maintenance and troubleshooting
Ch. 16 Safety and PV installation
App Solar data
App Sun charts
App System sizing worksheets
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