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The Sun Is Rising in Africa and the Middle East: On the Road to a Solar Energy Future

The Sun Is Rising in Africa and the Middle East: On the Road to a Solar Energy Future

1st Edition

Peter F. Varadi, Frank Wouters, Allan R. Hoffman
March 26, 2018

Both Africa and the Middle East are blessed with enormous solar energy resources. Electrification is an urgent need in Africa, where many of its 54 countries are among the world’s fastest-growing economies, but where half the population still has no access to electricity. Solar energy is seen as...

Sun Towards High Noon: Solar Power Transforming Our Energy Future

Sun Towards High Noon: Solar Power Transforming Our Energy Future

1st Edition

Peter F. Varadi
March 27, 2017

The meteoric expansion of the solar (PV) industry resulted from an incredible reduction in the prices of PV systems—first described in the author’s earlier book Sun above the Horizon. It began early in the new century and continued in the following decade with an extraordinary upswing. As a result,...

The U.S. Government and Renewable Energy: A Winding Road

The U.S. Government and Renewable Energy: A Winding Road

1st Edition

Allan Hoffman
August 23, 2016

This is a book on how the U.S. and other governments have changed their thinking about energy issues over the past four decades, a change triggered by increasing concern about the role of fossil fuels in global warming and climate change, greater awareness of the risks of nuclear power, and the...

Biomass Power for the World

Biomass Power for the World

1st Edition

Wim P. M. van Swaaij, Sascha R. A. Kersten, Wolfgang Palz
April 06, 2015

Energy from solar radiation, fixated by self-assembling plant structures, creates biomass that is converted to energy carriers fit for application in today’s and tomorrow’s energy-generating equipment. The central theme of this book is the development of the current largest renewable energy source...

Sun Above the Horizon: Meteoric Rise of the Solar Industry

Sun Above the Horizon: Meteoric Rise of the Solar Industry

1st Edition

Peter F. Varadi
May 23, 2014

The meteoric rise of the photovoltaic (PV) industry is an incredible story. In 2013, Google’s investments in PV systems totaled about half a billion dollars and Warren Buffet, one of the famous investors, invested $2.5 billion in the world’s largest PV system in California. These gigantic...

Solar Power for the World: What You Wanted to Know about Photovoltaics

Solar Power for the World: What You Wanted to Know about Photovoltaics

1st Edition

Wolfgang Palz
October 21, 2013

The book describes the industrial revolution associated with the implementation of electric power generation by photovoltaics (PV). The book’s editor and contributing authors are among the leading pioneers in PV from its industrial birth in 1954 all the way up to the stormy developments during the...

Wind Power for the World: International Reviews and Developments

Wind Power for the World: International Reviews and Developments

1st Edition

Preben Maegaard, Anna Krenz, Wolfgang Palz
September 26, 2013

In part 2 of Wind Power for the World, the editors have collected reports and overviews of wind power status and history in various countries, several written by individuals who have made valuable contributions to the successful emergence of wind power. The chapters cover the uphill struggle; wind...

Wind Power for the World: The Rise of Modern Wind Energy

Wind Power for the World: The Rise of Modern Wind Energy

1st Edition

Preben Maegaard, Anna Krenz, Wolfgang Palz
June 04, 2013

This book sheds light on how the modern 3-bladed wind turbine came into being, and who, how and what in the proceeding period caused the success. It looks back over three decades to find the roots of this exciting development, a long cavalcade of developers, inventors, and manufacturers including...

Power for the World: The Emergence of Electricity from the Sun

Power for the World: The Emergence of Electricity from the Sun

1st Edition

Wolfgang Palz
October 31, 2010

The book comes in three parts: "The Rising Sun in a Developing World", "Solar Power for the World" and "PV Today and Forever". It provides a historical summary and gives a comprehensive overview of the present photovoltaic (PV) situation worldwide and future strategies for development and...

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