A lively and authoritative account of today's photovoltaic (PV)
technology and its practical applications
This book covers areas including: a brief history of PV, and the
current international scene; the scientific principles of solar
cells including silicon and new thin-film varieties; PV modules and
arrays; grid-connected PV, from home systems up to large power
plants; the wide diversity of stand-alone PV systems, and; the
economic and environmental aspects of solar electricity.
Key equations and numerical examples are fully discussed,
providing essential theoretical background. The text is supported
by copious illustrations and more than eighty inspiring full colour
photographs from around the world to demonstrate PV's huge range of
This book is aimed at a wide readership including professionals
working in related areas, and students taking introductory courses
in PV and renewable energy. Its style and level will also appeal to
energy planners and decision makers, members of environmental
organisations, and the increasing number of people interested in
generating their own electricity from sunlight.
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