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Solar Energy : The State of the Art - Jeffrey M. Gordon

Solar Energy

The State of the Art

By: Jeffrey M. Gordon (Editor)

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Published: 1st May 2001
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It is rare that a book draws together the knowledge and experience of scientists, each a world leader in their discipline, to create a work that presents the state of the art in a field as rich and diverse as solar energy.In Solar Energy -- the State of the Art this aim has been achieved. The book comprises 12 individual chapters, each dedicated to one of the major solar energy sub-disciplines and authored by an internationally recognized expert in the field. Areas covered range from solar radiation and meteorology, solar collectors and concentrators, solar energy and the built environment, to solar thermal electricity, photovoltaics, wind energy and the potential cost of ignoring solar energy resources. The papers examine the technology and field in question, discuss the rudiments and major applications, review the current science and technology and explore the remaining challenges for the future. TOPICS include:* solar and natural resources for a better efficiency in the built environment* glazings and coatings* selectively solar-absorbing coatings* solar collectors* solar water heating* photovoltaic physics and devices* solar concentrators* the cost of pollution and the benefit of solar energy* solar process heat: distillation, drying, agricultural and industrial uses* solar resource assessment: a review* solar thermal electricity* wind energy review Solar Energy -- the State of the Art is an essential reference work for all solar energy practitioners, students, researchers and engineers wishing to gain a broad-based understanding of the theory, technology, applications and issues surrounding the broad, interdisciplinary field of solar energy. The book will form an important component of any library's solar energy holding and will be of particular benefit as an academic reference, as well as being of practical value to professionals who wish to gain a clear understanding of the concepts required to move forward in this field.Solar Energy -- the State of the Art is an initiative of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES).

... There is a time to stop and reflect on what we know and how far we have come. To do it well is to make a vital contribution ... Solar Energy -- State of the Art fulfils this need ... a thorough, scientific review ...

List of Authors
Preface
Solar and natural resources for a better efficiency in the built environmentp. 1
Glazings and coatingsp. 29
Selectively, solar-absorbing coatingsp. 109
Solar collectorsp. 145
Solar water heatingp. 223
Photovoltaic physics and devicesp. 291
Solar Concentratorsp. 357
The cost of pollution and the benefit of solar energyp. 437
Solar process heat: distillation, drying, agricultural and industrial usesp. 477
Solar resource assessment: A reviewp. 497
Solar thermal electricityp. 577
Wind energy reviewp. 653
Indexp. 699
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ISBN: 9781902916231
ISBN-10: 1902916239
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 706
Published: 1st May 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 17.37  x 4.37
Weight (kg): 1.43
Edition Number: 1