4th Edition

Principles of Solar Engineering

By D. Yogi Goswami Copyright 2023
    656 Pages 322 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Principles of Solar Engineering, Fourth Edition addresses the need for solar resource assessment and highlights improvements and advancements involving photovoltaics and solar thermal technologies, grid power, and energy storage.

    With updates made to every chapter, this edition discusses new technologies in photovoltaics, such as organic, dye-sensitized, and perovskite solar cells, and the design of solar systems and power plants. It also features battery energy storage for distributed and bulk storage and electrical integration with the main solar systems. In addition, the book includes the latest advancements in concentrating solar power plants, such as supercritical CO2 cycle. Readers will benefit from discussions of the economics of the solar energy systems, which apply to all the systems covered in the subsequent chapters.

    Nine Appendices are available for download by all readers.


    • Discusses new forecasting models in solar radiation that are important to the economics and bankability of large solar energy systems, such as power plants.
    • Includes expanded coverage of high temperature thermal storage for Concentrating Solar Thermal Power (CSP), including thermal energy transport using heat exchangers.
    • Features a new chapter on solar seawater desalination.
    • Includes new and additional end-of-chapter example problems and exercises.
    • A Solutions Manual will be available for instructors.

    The book is intended for senior undergraduate and graduate engineering students taking Energy Engineering and Solar Energy courses.

      1. Introduction to Solar Energy Conversion. 2. Fundamentals of Solar Radiation. 3. Solar Thermal Collectors. 4. Energy Storage and Transport. 5. Solar Heating Systems and Industrial Process Heat. 6. Solar Cooling and Dehumidification. 7. Passive Solar Heating, Cooling, and Daylighting. 8. Solar Thermal Power. 9. Photovoltaics. 10. Solar Photochemical Applications. 11. Solar Desalination.


      Dr. D. Yogi Goswami is a Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Clean Energy Research Center at the University of South Florida. He is also a Co-Founder and Chief Science and Technology Advisor of Molekule, Inc. In addition, he is the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Solar Energy journal and the founding Editor-in-Chief of Solar Compass 360, journal of the International Solar Alliance. He has published 22 books, as an author or editor, and more than 400 scientific papers. He also holds 31 patents and has been inducted in the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Dr. Goswami’s invention of Photo-electrochemical oxidation (PECO) technology for air purification, which is commercially available as Molekule, was picked as one of the 25 best inventions by Time magazine. Dr. Goswami is a Fellow of AAAS, ASME, ASHRAE, ASES, ISES and the National Academy of Inventors. He is an Honorary Member of ASME. He has served as President of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), a Governor and Senior Vice President of ASME-International, and President of the International Association for Solar Energy Education (IASEE).