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Design and Installation Manual

Paperback Published: 15th August 2004
ISBN: 9780865715202
Number Of Pages: 336

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Producing electricity from the sun using photovoltaic (PV) systems has become a major industry worldwide. But designing, installing and maintaining such systems requires knowledge and training, and there have been few easily accessible, comprehensive guides to the subject.

Now, with "Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual," a world-class solar energy training and education provider--Solar Energy International (SEI)--has made available the critical information to successfully design, install and maintain PV systems. The book contains an overview of photovoltaic electricity and a detailed description of PV system components, including PV modules, batteries, controllers and inverters. It also includes chapters on sizing photovoltaic systems, analyzing sites and installing PV systems, as well as detailed appendices on PV system maintenance, troubleshooting and solar insolation data for over 300 sites around the world. Used worldwide as the textbook in SEI's PV Design & Installation workshops, topics covered include:

The basics of solar electricity
PV applications and system components
Solar site analysis and mounting
Stand-alone and PV/generator hybrid system sizing
Utility-interactive PV systems
Component specification, system costs and economics
Case studies and safety issues

"Photovoltaics" guarantees that those wanting to learn the skills of tapping the sun's energy can do so with confidence.

Solar Energy International (SEI) has the nonprofit mission to respond to the need for renewable energy education. Based in Carbondale, Colorado, and active around the world, SEI is a link between people and renewable energy resources, providing information, education and training to people who want to shape a sustainable future. SEI is recognized by the National Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as dedicated independent provider of PV training programs that may be used toward attaining PV certification. Also, SEI is recognized as an Accredited Institution to offer PV training by the Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP).

List of Figuresp. xiii
List of Tables and Worksheetsp. xv
Acknowledgments and Disclaimerp. xvi
Prefacep. xviii
An Overview of Photovoltaics
The Development of Photovoltaicsp. 2
Current and Emerging Opportunitiesp. 2
Advantages of Photovoltaic Technologyp. 3
Disadvantages of Photovoltaic Technologyp. 3
Environmental, Health, and Safety Issuesp. 3
Photovoltaic System Componentsp. 4
Photovoltaic System Typesp. 4
Photovoltaic Electric Principles
Terminologyp. 10
Matching Appliances to the Systemp. 11
Electrical Circuitsp. 11
Series and Parallel Circuits in Power Sourcesp. 12
Series and Parallel Circuits in Electric Loadsp. 14
Series and Parallel Wiring Exercisesp. 15
Solutions to Wiring Exercisesp. 21
The Solar Resource
Solar Radiation Fundamentalsp. 28
Gathering Site Datap. 32
Completing the Solar Site Analysisp. 33
Electric Load Analysis
Using Energy Efficientlyp. 40
Electrical Load Requirementsp. 40
Calculating Load Estimatesp. 41
Considerations for Calculating Load Estimatesp. 44
Photovoltaic Modules
Photovoltaic Principlesp. 48
Module Typesp. 49
Module Performancep. 49
Factors of Module Performancep. 50
Photovoltaic Arraysp. 53
Mounting Photovoltaic Modulesp. 54
Diodesp. 56
Battery Types and Operationp. 60
Battery Specificationsp. 62
Battery Safetyp. 67
Battery Sizing Exercisep. 68
Battery Wiring Configurationp. 70
PV Controls
Controller Typesp. 74
Controller Featuresp. 75
Specifying a Controllerp. 76
Controller Sizing Exercisep. 77
Inverter Operating Principlesp. 80
Inverter Featuresp. 80
Inverter Typesp. 81
Specifying an Inverterp. 82
Photovoltaic System Wiring
Introductionp. 86
Wire Sizep. 88
Overcurrent Protectionp. 104
Disconnectsp. 106
Groundingp. 106
Sizing Photovoltaic Systems
Introduction to Sizing PV Systemsp. 112
Design Penaltiesp. 112
Sizing Worksheetp. 113
Sample System Exercisep. 115
Utility-Interactive Systems
Introductionp. 122
Utility-Interactive Systemsp. 122
System Sizing and Economicsp. 126
Net Meteringp. 127
Obtaining an Interconnection Agreementp. 128
Integrating Photovoltaics into Buildings
Introductionp. 134
Retrofitted PV Systemsp. 134
BIPV Optionsp. 134
Costs/Benefitsp. 137
Photovoltaic System Applications
Tools and Appliancesp. 140
Lightingp. 141
Water Pumpingp. 145
Refrigerationp. 149
Hybrid Systems with Generatorsp. 150
Photovoltaic Installation
Preparing for the Installationp. 154
Tools and Materialsp. 154
Photovoltaic Array Installationp. 157
Battery Installationp. 159
Controller & Inverter Installationp. 160
Photovoltaic System Wiringp. 161
PV System Installations Final Checklistp. 163
Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Materials and Tools Listp. 168
Maintaining PV Componentsp. 168
Maintaining Appliancesp. 169
Troubleshooting Common System Faultsp. 170
Troubleshooting Wiring Problems Using a Multimeterp. 171
Troubleshooting Specific Problemsp. 174
Safety and PV Installation
Introductionp. 180
Basic Safetyp. 180
Hazardsp. 182
Safety Equipmentp. 183
Site Safetyp. 184
First Aidp. 185
Glossaryp. 189
Solar Datap. 199
Sun Chartsp. 273
System Sizing Worksheetsp. 295
Resource Guidep. 299
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780865715202
ISBN-10: 0865715203
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 15th August 2004
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.31 x 21.59  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.92