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Solar Power Generation

Book Description

Solar Power Generation is a concise, up-to-date, and readable guide providing an introduction to the leading renewable power generation technology. It includes detailed descriptions of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal generation systems, and demystifies the relevant solar energy technology functions in practice while also exploring economic and environmental risk factors. Engineers, managers, policymakers, and those involved in planning and delivering energy resources will find this reference a valuable guide to help establish a reliable power supply to address social and economic objectives.

  • Focuses on the evolution and developments in solar energy generation
  • Evaluates the economic and environmental viability of the systems with concise diagrams and accessible explanations
  • Demystifies the relevant solar energy technology functions in practice
  • Explores economic and environmental risk factors

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Chapter 1. An Introduction to Solar Power
    1. Abstract
    2. The History of Solar Power
    3. Global Solar Power Generating Capacity
  6. Chapter 2. The Solar Resource
    1. Abstract
    2. Intermittency
    3. Distribution of Solar Energy
  7. Chapter 3. Solar Thermal Power Generation
    1. Abstract
    2. Global Solar Thermal Potential
    3. Solar Thermal Technologies
    4. Unconventional Solar Thermal Technologies
    5. Solar Collectors
    6. Energy Storage
    7. Energy Conversion and Heat Engines
    8. Electricity Transportation
  8. Chapter 4. Parabolic Trough and Fresnel Reflector Solar Power Plants
    1. Abstract
    2. Line Focusing Origins
    3. Parabolic Trough Technology
    4. Fresnel Reflectors
    5. Power Generation
    6. Energy Storage
    7. Commercial Solar Trough Power Plants
    8. Hybrid Solar Thermal Power Plants
  9. Chapter 5. Solar Towers
    1. Abstract
    2. Solar Tower Technology
    3. Power Generation
    4. Air-Driven Systems
  10. Chapter 6. Solar Dishes
    1. Abstract
    2. Solar Dish Technology
    3. Power Generation in Solar Dish Systems
    4. Commercial Solar Dish Projects
  11. Chapter 7. Other Solar Thermal Technologies
    1. Abstract
    2. The Solar Chimney
    3. The Solar Pond
    4. Solar Pond Schemes
  12. Chapter 8. Solar Photovoltaic Technologies
    1. Abstract
    2. Origins
    3. Solar Photovoltaic Basics
  13. Chapter 9. Types of Solar Cells
    1. Abstract
    2. Silicon Solar Cells
    3. Thin Film Solar Cells
    4. Multilayer Solar Cells
    5. Enhanced Light Absorption Techniques
    6. Concentrating Solar Cells
    7. Third-Generation Solar Cells
  14. Chapter 10. Modules, Inverters, and Solar Photovoltaic Systems
    1. Abstract
    2. Cell and Module Outputs
    3. Inverters
    4. Maximum Power Point Tracking
    5. Grid Interfacing
    6. Solar Photovoltaic Installations
  15. Chapter 11. Solar Integration and the Environmental Impact of Solar Power
    1. Abstract
    2. The Environmental Impact of Solar Power
    3. Life Cycle Cost
    4. Solar Integration
  16. Chapter 12. The Cost of Solar Power
    1. Abstract
    2. Levelized Cost of Energy Model
    3. The Capital Cost of Solar Power Plants
    4. The Levelized Cost of Solar Power