Solar Technologies for the 21st Century

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Features

  • Examines solar technologies of today and tomorrow, describes their properties, and evaluates the technological potential of each type
  • Covers the logistics of deploying solar energy as a viable and sustainable way to solve urgent energy, environmental, and socio-economic problems
  • Discusses solar power generation, today’s solar technologies, solar thermal, silicon PV, thin PV, 3-D solar cells, nano-PV, organic solar cells, solar successes and failures, solar power fields, finance and regulations, solar markets and solar energy and the environment
  • Serves as both a guidebook for beginners as well as an outline for the debates on solar power technologies, their issues, and their proper use by specialists

Summary

This book examines solar technologies, describes their properties, and evaluates the technological potential of each. It also reviews the logistics of deploying solar energy as a viable and sustainable way to solve urgent energy, environmental, and socio-economic problems. Topics discussed include solar power generation, today’s solar technologies, solar thermal, silicon PV, thin PV, 3-D solar cells, nano-PV, organic solar cells, solar successes and failures, solar power fields, finance and regulations, solar markets and solar energy and the environment.

Table of Contents

Solar Energy
Solar power generation basics
Sunlight basics and key concepts
Solar energy availability and use
Solar cells and modules
Today's Solar Technologies
Solar thermal and thermoelectric power
Today's PV technologies
Silicon based solar materials, cells and modules
Polysilicon
Solar cells
c-Si PV modules
Thin film technologies
The major thin film technologies
Concentrating PV technology
Hybrid technologies
New and developing solar technologies
Most Promising Solar Technologies
Solar thermal technologies
Photovoltaic technologies
Silicon PV technologies
Thin film PV technologies
Promising technologies
CPV and HCPV technologies
Achievements of PV technologies
Most promising materials
Hydrogen generation
Energy Storage
Exotic Solar Technologies
CPV technologies
Excitonic PV technology
Hybrid solar cells
Nano-PV technology
Quantum particles PV technology
Plasmonic PV technology
Organic technology
Hybrid solar technologies
New PV materials
New PV technologies
Solar Successes and Failures
The U.S. solar energy (r)evolution
Great business successes
Successful solar companies
Successful solar projects
Other energy projects
Successful initiatives
Failed renewable energy companies, 2007-2012
Failed renewable energy projects, 2007-2012
Failed thin film solar companies
Performance characteristics
Safety issues
Field operation issues
Field test results
Case study
Updates
Solar Power Fields
Solar thermal technologies
PV technologies
PV modules certification
Lab tests of PV modules
c-Si modules detailed failure analysis
CPV and HCPV technologies
Test results
Inverters
Equipment and process standardization
PV installations, setup and performance
Large-scale solar power fields
The planning phase
The design phase
The installation phase
Operation and maintenance phase
Operational considerations, tasks & issues
Power field performance
Solar power fields in the 21st century
Solar's Importance, Finance, and Regulations
Financial considerations
Economic evaluation of renewable
energy technologies
Practical examples
Operational risks
Performance insurance
Long-term field tests
Solar industry standardization
External impact and cost
Lifetime energy balance
Investment and finance
The U.S. investment and finance
World investment and finance
Political considerations
Regulatory procedures

The Solar Markets in the 21st century
Renewable energy in the U.S.
the U.S. solar market, 2010-2011
The state (solar country) of California
The U.S. PV industry
U.S. PV markets
Addressing trade issues
Political evolution
LCOE or not LCOE?
The world
Technologies of the 21st century
PV manufacturers' future
Niche and specialty energy markets in the 21st century
The 21st century direction
Conclusions
Energy Generation and the Environment In the 21st Century
Environmental considerations
A brief overview of U.S. environmental legislation
Present-day environmental status report
Energy generation and the environment
Conventional energy generators
Renewable, green and safe?
Environmental impact of solar installations
Environmental challenges
Problems
Solution(s)