Drawing on the experience of some of the foremost experts in the field, this easy-to-use and affordable pocket reference includes a wealth of information relating to solar energy and solar energy technologies. Topics covered range from solar angles, sun path diagrams, solar radiation and radiative properties of materials through to thermal collectors, thermal energy storage, photovoltaics and daylighting. The book also includes conversion factors and constants and is peppered throughout with helpful illustrations, equations and explanations. Anyone with an interest in solar energy, including professional architects and engineers, home builders, academic researchers, students and energy consultants will find a host of answers in this book – a practical assimilation of data, fundamentals and guidelines for application.
Sun/earth Geometric Relationship * Solar Angles * Solar Time * Declination Angle * Equation of Time * World Standard Time Meridians * Sun Path Diagrams * Shading * Solar Radiation * Radiative Properties of Materials * Transparent Materials * Thermal Collector Overview * Non-Concentrating Thermal Collectors * Concentrating Thermal Collectors * Thermal Energy Storage * Photovoltaics * Water Heating * Space Heating * Solar Heating System Evaluation * Daylighting * Solar Drying * Life Cycle Costing * References * Conversion Factors * ISES *