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Solar Power Generation

Technology, New Concepts & Policy, 1st Edition

By P. Jayarama Reddy

CRC Press

264 pages

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This book offers a global perspective of the current state of affairs in the field of solar power engineering. In four parts, this well-researched volume informs about:

  • Established solar PV (photovoltaic) technologies
  • Third-generation PV technologies based on new materials with potential for low-cost large-scale production
  • Solar cell technology based on new (third-generation) concepts, such as quantum dot solar cells and nano wire solar cells using silicon and compound semiconductors
  • Economic implications and effects, as well as policies and incentives in various countries of the world involved with solar energy implementation

In addition to discussing manufacturing facts and implementation issues, this book emphasizes the implications of policy measures in countries with good PV activity, such as Japan, China, India, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the United States, and Canada. This volume is intended as a reference for a global audience of advanced students and R&D and industry professionals, as well as investors and policy-makers with fundamental knowledge of photovoltaic technology.


Professor Jayarama Reddy is one of the best known, accomplished and inspiring scientists and teachers of PV in India. This exciting book includes the wisdom and knowledge of a master scientist and teacher who has devoted his life to developing PV for use not just in India but throughout the world. Both young scientists, new to the field, and experienced scientists will find its insights useful and inspiring as we move forward to provide the world with the energy it needs.

R. W. Miles


Northumbria Photovoltaics Applications Centre,

Northumbria University,

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Table of Contents


Silicon solar cells


Features of standard c-silicon cells

Progress in cell efficiency

Mono-crystalline Si solar cells

Multi (poly)-crystalline silicon solar cells

Materials and processing

Future for crystalline silicon solar cells

Amorphous silicon solar cells

Improving efficiency of Si TF solar cells

Polycrystalline CIGS and CdTe thin film solar cells


Highlights of CIGS and CdTe technologies

CIGS thin film solar cells

CdTe thin film solar cells

Challenges to be addressed

Polycrystalline TF multi junction solar cells

Manufacturing cost of thin film modules

Organic and dye sensitized solar cells


Configuration & principle of organic solar cell

Types of organic solar cells

Dye-sensitized nanostructured solar cells

Lifetimes of polymer cells

Manufacturing status of DSC and OPV cells

Improving efficiencies

Nano-TiO2 dye/CIGS tandem solar cells

High-efficiency solar devices


III-V multi junction solar cells

High concentration PV technology (HCPV)

New concepts based solar cells

Quantum dot solar cells

Nanowire (NW) solar cells

NW-polymer hybrid solar cells

Third-generation concepts under development

Crystalline silicon on glass (CSG) solar cells

Policies and Incentives


Incentive mechanisms

Policies in selected countries

About the Author

Dr. P. Jayarama Reddy is an energy consultant to the solar photovoltaic industry and serves as a board member of several international renewable energy companies related to solar module fabrication, power generation from biomass and municipal solid waste. He is a retired professor of Physics (Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi, India) and has worked in various big research laboratories at Cornell University (US), Imperial College London (UK), Charles University (Czech Republic), and Stuttgart University (Germany). Dr. Reddy is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) and has published a number of papers on polycrystalline thin fi lm solar materials and cells, as well as the book Science and Technology of Photovoltaics, published by BS Publications / CRC Press/Balkema.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Chemical & Biochemical
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Fossil Fuels