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Solar Technologies for the 21st Century

1st Edition

By Anco S. Blazev

Fairmont Press

450 pages

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Hardback: 9781466582910
pub: 2013-04-09
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This book examines solar technologies, describes their properties, and evaluates the technological potential of each. It also reviews the logistics of deploying solar energy as a viable and sustainable way to solve urgent energy, environmental, and socio-economic problems. Topics discussed include solar power generation, today’s solar technologies, solar thermal, silicon PV, thin PV, 3-D solar cells, nano-PV, organic solar cells, solar successes and failures, solar power fields, finance and regulations, solar markets and solar energy and the environment.

Table of Contents

Solar Energy

Solar power generation basics

Sunlight basics and key concepts

Solar energy availability and use

Solar cells and modules

Today's Solar Technologies

Solar thermal and thermoelectric power

Today's PV technologies

Silicon based solar materials, cells and modules


Solar cells

c-Si PV modules

Thin film technologies

The major thin film technologies

Concentrating PV technology

Hybrid technologies

New and developing solar technologies

Most Promising Solar Technologies

Solar thermal technologies

Photovoltaic technologies

Silicon PV technologies

Thin film PV technologies

Promising technologies

CPV and HCPV technologies

Achievements of PV technologies

Most promising materials

Hydrogen generation

Energy Storage

Exotic Solar Technologies

CPV technologies

Excitonic PV technology

Hybrid solar cells

Nano-PV technology

Quantum particles PV technology

Plasmonic PV technology

Organic technology

Hybrid solar technologies

New PV materials

New PV technologies

Solar Successes and Failures

The U.S. solar energy (r)evolution

Great business successes

Successful solar companies

Successful solar projects

Other energy projects

Successful initiatives

Failed renewable energy companies, 2007-2012

Failed renewable energy projects, 2007-2012

Failed thin film solar companies

Performance characteristics

Safety issues

Field operation issues

Field test results

Case study


Solar Power Fields

Solar thermal technologies

PV technologies

PV modules certification

Lab tests of PV modules

c-Si modules detailed failure analysis

CPV and HCPV technologies

Test results


Equipment and process standardization

PV installations, setup and performance

Large-scale solar power fields

The planning phase

The design phase

The installation phase

Operation and maintenance phase

Operational considerations, tasks & issues

Power field performance

Solar power fields in the 21st century

Solar's Importance, Finance, and Regulations

Financial considerations

Economic evaluation of renewable

energy technologies

Practical examples

Operational risks

Performance insurance

Long-term field tests

Solar industry standardization

External impact and cost

Lifetime energy balance

Investment and finance

The U.S. investment and finance

World investment and finance

Political considerations

Regulatory procedures

The Solar Markets in the 21st century

Renewable energy in the U.S.

the U.S. solar market, 2010-2011

The state (solar country) of California

The U.S. PV industry

U.S. PV markets

Addressing trade issues

Political evolution

LCOE or not LCOE?

The world

Technologies of the 21st century

PV manufacturers' future

Niche and specialty energy markets in the 21st century

The 21st century direction


Energy Generation and the Environment In the 21st Century

Environmental considerations

A brief overview of U.S. environmental legislation

Present-day environmental status report

Energy generation and the environment

Conventional energy generators

Renewable, green and safe?

Environmental impact of solar installations

Environmental challenges



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Energy
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable