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Power for the World : The Emergence of Electricity from the Sun - Wolfgang Palz

Power for the World

The Emergence of Electricity from the Sun

By: Wolfgang Palz (Editor)

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Published: 1st September 2010
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Concentrating on Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Power and its scientific, technological, industrial, political, environmental and social implications, this authoritative account provides a historical summary of the present applications, and future strategies for development and implementation. Describing how modern PV was invented in 1954 in association with the transistor, how the PV markets have experienced exponential growth since 2005, and how its development has involved hundreds of companies worldwide—in effect creating 100,000 jobs and tens of thousands of experts—this generously illustrated guide is an invaluable reference for students of the history and future of renewable energy resources.

Concentrating on Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Power and its scientific, technological, industrial, political, environmental and social implications, this authoritative account provides a historical summary of the present applications, and future strategies for development and implementation. Describing how modern PV was invented in 1954 in association with the transistor, how the PV markets have experienced exponential growth since 2005, and how its development has involved hundreds of companies worldwide—in effect creating 100,000 jobs and tens of thousands of experts—this in-depth guide is published in full-color with more than 100 pictures and illustrations from 41 leading pioneers in the solar industry, and is an invaluable reference for students of the history and future of renewable energy resources.

"...an interesting collection of anecdotes concerning solar projects written by the people who were and are actually on the scene. Though the book does not ignore technical aspects, it highlights personal problems and difficulties, especially the institutional and cultural snags that are seldom included in professional papers. In chapter 1, Palz (World Council for Renewable Energy, Belgium) provides a review of the entire field, emphasizing photovoltaic cells. The remaining chapters are authored by solar experts who collectively span the various specialties and national emphases that complicate the construction of viable projects. In each chapter, the author describes his/her educational background, technical specialty, and personal projects. The authors also discuss project failures, which are often omitted from other works even though they may be very instructive to the reader. Solar technology is still in flux, and dead ends are to be expected. Valuable for all students of solar energy. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries." -J. C. Comer, Emeritus, Northern Illinois University, in CHOICE, August 2011, Vol. 48, #11

"Power for the World by Wolfgang Palz is more than an Encyclopedia of Solar Cells. ... Wolfgang Palz is a master in assembling people, themes, and information that makes the reader live the exciting lives of these pioneers with the development of solar cells from its very beginning to the present. He let his many authors describe the fascination with success and the frustration by so many impediments in between. He stimulates the philosophy that leads to this beginning of the solar age. Wolfgang Palz, during his travels through the continents, is a master of creating friendship between scientists, engineers, industries, and politicians worldwide with his charming personality, for the common goal to make this the starting of the solar age. From his desk at the European Union in Brussels he has directed over decades all the essential research in Europe in solar cells. Now he has created a truly remarkable book that needs to find its place on the bookshelf of any one working or interested in solar. It is one of the few books that will be taken out again and again to find more of the exciting description of lived history. The timing of creating this book was exactly right. This is one of the culmination points of Wolfgang Palz's life, congratulations." -Dr. Karl Boer

About the Author List of Contributors Hymn to the Sun Foreword Hermann Scheer MP Introduction Chapter 1 Part I: The Rising Sun in a Developing World 1. Electric Power, A Pillar of Modern Society 1.1 Electricity in Today's Life 1.2 The Conventional World of Electricity 1.3 Solar PV: A Part of the New Semiconductor World 2. Looking Back to Light the Future 2.1 The Emergence of Electricity 2.2 From the "Voltaic Pile" to the Photovoltaic Cell 2.3 Photovoltaic Power: The First steps 3. Solar Power for Space Satellites 4. First Ideas about Lighting us with Solar Power 4.1 Mutations of the Societies in the US and Europe 4.2 A New Awareness for Solar Power 4.3 The Oil-Price Shocks, The Nuclear Disaster 1986 5. After the Vision: AMountain of Challenges 5.1 PV in the Starting Blocks in 1973 5.2 The Cost Problem: Technological Challenges 5.3 The Chicken and Egg Problem: Mass Production 5.4 Entrenched Energy Strategies and Politics 5.5 Against Dominant Allocations of State Budgets 5.6 Administrations 5.7 The Energy Buy-Back Time, The Module Lifetime 5.8 Intermittency of Supply 5.9 Environmental Challenges 6 Leadership of Action 6.1 The Pioneering Role of the United States 6.2 France: A European Solar Pioneer 6.3 PV Start up in Germany 6.4 PV Ups and Downs in Japan 6.5 UNESCO 6.6 The European Union 6.7 The G8 6.8 The Energy Empire Fights Back Part II: Solar Power for the World 1. Basics for a new Solar Age 1.1 The Ethical Imperative of Photovoltaics 1.2 Cost and Social Acceptance: Ingredients for a Viable Energy Strategy 1.3 PV as Part of a Holistic Approach towards Renewable Energy Implementation and Energy Conservation 1.4 And what about the Power Plants on the Road? 1.4.1 Car drivers and their power plants 1.4.2 Mobilising PV for transport 2. Driving Forces 2.1 Aspiration of the People 2.2 Preserving Nature and Alleviating Climate Change 2.3 Peak Oil 2.4 Energy Security of Supply 3. The Role of Stake Holders in Society 3.1 Governments and Administrations 3.2 Industry and Finance 3.3 PV Costs and Benefits for Society; a Special Role for the Grid Operators 4. New Energy Paradigm 4.1 Centralised or Decentralised PV 4.2 What Role for the Conventional Power Utilities? 4.3 Communities and Regions Mastering their own Energy Supply 4.4 The Autonomous Energy House: Solar Architecture and the Building Industry 5. Power for the People 5.1 Starting a Global Strategy: 10 Watts per Head 5.2 PV for the People in the Industrialised World 5.3 PV for the People in the Solar Belt 6. Power for the Poor 6.1 Getting Involved 6.2 PV Power for the Poor in the Developing Countries 6.3 Power for the Poor in the Industrialised Countries 7. Power for Peace Part III: PV Today and Forever 1. Solar Power 2009/10: AWealth of Achievements 1.1 The Global PV Markets 2009/10 1.2 Political, Financial, and Industrial Environment 1.3 The Technology Boom goes on 2. Outlook 2.1 On the Threshold of Commercial Viability 2.2 Outlook Towards 2020 2.3 PV as Part of a 100% RE World 3. Conclusions Appendix Cartoon Chapter 2 My Solar Age Started with Tchernobyl Franz Alt Chapter 3 More Electricity for Less Co2 Yves Bamberger Chapter 4 Solar Power in Practice Stefan Behling Chapter 5 The Story of Developing Solar Glass Facades Joachim Benemann Chapter 6 Bringing the Oil Industry into the Picture Karl Wolfgang Boer Chapter 7 Factory for Sale - or the Long and Stony Way to Cheap Solar Energy: The Story of the Thin-Film CdTe Solar Cells; First Solar and Others - A Semi-Autobiography Dieter Bonnet Chapter 8 Photovoltaics in the World Bank Group Portfolio Anil Cabraal Chapter 9 Solar Bicycles, Mercedes, Handcuffs - PlusEnergy Buildings Gallus Cadonau Chapter 10 Photovoltaic Power Systems for Lifting Women Out of Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa Dominique Campana Chapter 11 Solar Cell Development Work at COMSAT Laboratories (1967-1975) Denis J. Curtin Chapter 12 SolarBank Michael T. Eckhart Chapter 13 Will This Work? Is It Realistic? Thoughts and Acts of a Political Practitioner with a Solar Vision Hans-Josef Fell Chapter 14 The IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference Americo F. (Moe) Forestieri Chapter 15 Review of China's Solar PV Industry in 2009 Gao Hu Chapter 16 Lighting the World: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Biswajit Ghosh Chapter 17 The Role of Research Institutes for the Promotion of PV: The Case of Fraunhofer ISE (Institute of Solar Energy Systems) Adolf Goetzberger Chapter 18 Abandoning Nuclear in Favor of Renewable Energies Giuliano Grassi Chapter 19 Nonconventional Sensitized Mesoscopic (Gratzel) Solar Cells Michael Gratzel Chapter 20 The PV World Conference in Vienna Wolfgang Hein Chapter 21 PV in Japan - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Osamui Ikki and Izumi Kaizuka Chapter 22 PV in Europe, from 1974 to 2009: A Personal Experience Helmut Kiess Chapter 23 PV in Berlin - How It All Began: The Story of Solon, Q-Cells, PV in Brazil Stefan Krauter Chapter 24 Three Steps to a Solar System - 1-40% and 100% Harry Lehmann Chapter 25 France Did Not Want to Look for the Sun... Alain Liebard and Yves-Bruno Civel Chapter 26 On the International Call for Photovoltaics of 2008 Daniel Lincot Chapter 27 High Efficiency Photovoltaics for a Sustainable World Antonio Luque Chapter 39 Terrestrial Photovoltaic Industry - The Beginning Peter F. Varadi Chapter 40 Solar Power in Geneva, Switzerland Philippe Verburgh Chapter 41 Early PV Markets and Solar Solutions in South Asia Neville Williams

ISBN: 9789814303378
ISBN-10: 9814303372
Series: Pan Stanford Series on Renewable Energy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 575
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: Pan Stanford Publishing Pte Ltd
Country of Publication: SG
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.27
Edition Number: 1