Sustainable Energy Systems in Architectural Design: A Blueprint for Green Design / Edition 1

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Expertly design and install all types of renewable energy systems

This is the only comprehensive, practical resource for understanding, designing, and installing all major types of renewable energy systems. Find workable solutions for a variety of building types, including commercial, public and residential structures.

  • Technical concepts and data are presented in plain jargon-free language with clear, concise bulleted text
  • Packed with charts, tables and diagrams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071469821
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/16/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 249
  • Sales rank: 1,194,628
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Gevorkian, Ph.D., PE, is President of Vector Delta Design Group, Inc., an electrical engineering and solar power design consulting firm that works with industrial, commercial, and residential clients. Dr. Gevorkian and company's expertise in renewable energy extends to solar power, fuel cells, and microturbine cogeneration. Dr. Gevorkian is an active member of the Canadian and California Board of Professional Engineers. He has taught computer science and automation control, and has authored several technical papers. He lives in Glendale, California.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Solar power technology 1
Ch. 2 Solar power generation design 39
Ch. 3 Economics of solar power systems 77
Ch. 4 Alternative renewable energy technologies 91
Ch. 5 California energy commission rebate incentive plans 155
Ch. 6 Photo galleries 169
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  • Posted November 9, 2009

    A Great Book on Solar Photovoltaics

    This is a very good book about Photovoltaics. It contains clear jargon free professional level information on Project costs, Nuts & Bolts Design, Construction and Certification process, Numerous photos and tables show how PV is effectively utilized on many projects, it covers the California Energy Commission Rebate and Incentive plans and touches on other forms of renewable technologies.
    In the preface the author states that his reason for writing the book is to educate key design professional s so they can effectively promote the use of renewable technology ".which inevitably will define the future economic well being of our nation...".
    Mr. Gevorkian is a PE, and President of Vector Delta Design Group which is an electrical engineering and solar power design firm. The company also works with other forms of renewable energy including fuel cells, and microturbine cogeneration although their strength is in Photovoltaics

    Overall I feel this is one of the best books I have read dealing with Solar Photovoltaics. He has pulled together meaningful useful in depth information that can be otherwise hard to locate on the practical side of Solar PV work.
    The major flaw I see is that he only briefly touches on other forms of renewable energy production like micoturbines, solar thermal, geothermal, wind, fuel cells, and tidal. This is understandable as the author is President of one of the major Solar PV installation design firms in the nation.
    More than 70% of the book is devoted to Photovoltacis and their application.
    Although this book is copyrighted 2006 on one chapter is filled with outdated information and that is the chapter dealing with The California Energy Commission's Rebate and Incentive Plan, While the actual references to the forms are out of date the general process, procedures and calculations are useful in how other jurisdictions may approach the rebate and incentive process.
    Through the authors generous use of photographs and diagrams of individual projects the author has been successful in illustrating how the principals he is laying out are put into practice, one can get a feel for how the project actually works.
    The author does take any significant time on rating systems which will help keep the text from seeming date in the future.

    In summary the book is fair but mainly about Solar PV and has very good information in it, but just not as much as I would like to see about alternative forms of renewable energy in my opinion as the title might lead you to believe. I would heartily recommend this book for anyone that is serious about using Solar PV as a staple source of power in their future projects.

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