Concise introduction to the basic principles of solar energy, photovoltaic systems, photovoltaic cells, photovoltaic measurement techniques, and grid connected systems, overviewing the potential of photovoltaic electricity for students and engineers new to the topic
After a brief introduction to the topic of photovoltaics’ history and the most important facts, Chapter 1 presents the subject of radiation, covering properties of solar radiation, radiation offer, and world energy consumption. Chapter 2 looks at the fundamentals of semiconductor physics. It discusses the build-up of semiconductors, band model of semiconductors, charge transport in semiconductors, doping in semiconductors, the pn-junction, and the interaction of light with semiconductors. Chapter 3 considers the structure and functioning of the solar cell, by covering mode of operation, electrical description of real solar cells, and HHhigh efficiency cells. The next chapter presents cell technologies – the manufacture of crystalline silicon cells and amorphous silicon. It looks at other thin film cells, hybrid wafer cells, and finally concentrator systems. In the middle of the book, solar modules and solar generators are discusses. Subjects covered here include properties of solar modules, the interconnection of solar modules, DC-components, and types of PV-plants. Chapter 7 overviews photovoltaic systems technology, including solar generator and load, grid-connected systems, and off-grid systems, before Chapter 8 overviews photovoltaic measurement technology. Towards the end of the book, the planning and operation of grid-connected systems are described. Readers can learn about the economical efficiency of PV systems here, as well as see operation results of concrete plants. The final chapter looks to the future development of PV, including efficient promotion instruments and price development. The last section provides exercises and a useful appendix.
- A broad introduction to the photovoltaics technology for those wanting to get introduced
- Cohesive coverage and a logical balance of topics provide a solid first course in photovoltaics
- Describes up-to-date concepts and issues such as grid or off-grid applications, along with explanations of the established technology
- End-of-chapter exercises to deepen readers’ knowledge
- Describes the physics of solar radiation and PV cells along with practical knowledge on the enabling systems technology to take PV technology to market
A valuable text for Undergraduate engineering students, starting a course in renewable energy; technicians and engineers new to the photovoltaics industry who need to become acquainted with the basics and the latest technical and economical status of photovoltaics; as well as Engineers in energy companies; installers of photovoltaics; planners and operators; consultants; financers, potential energy investors and decision makers; politicians.
Keywords: Electric Power Systems, Photovoltaics: Fundamentals, Technology and Practice, Konrad Mertens, Karl Hanser, physics of solar radiation and PV cells, basic principles of solar energy, photovoltaic systems, photovoltaic cells, photovoltaic measurement techniques, grid connected systems, the potential of photovoltaic electricity