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01.A Solar Car Primer
02.Recent Developments in Solar Energy Research
03.Texturization and Light Trapping in Silicon Solar Cells
04.Solar Energy Resource Management for Electricity Generation from Local Level to Global Scale
05.Solar Cell Research Progress
06.Solar Collectors: Energy Conservation, Design and Applications
07.Trends in Solar Energy Research
08.Solar Energy: Research, Technology and Applications
09.Thin Film Optical Coatings for Effective Solar Energy Utilization
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Editors: Joseph A. Carson
Book Description:
A solar cell or photovoltaic cell is a device that converts light energy into electrical energy. Sometimes the term solar cell is reserved for devices intended specifically to capture energy from sunlight, while the term photovoltaic cell is used when the light source is unspecified.

Fundamentally, the device needs to fulfill only two functions: photogeneration of charge carriers (electrons and holes) in a light-absorbing material, and separation of the charge carriers to a conductive contact that will transmit the electricity (simply put, carrying electrons off through a metal contact into a wire or other circuit). This conversion is called the photovoltaic effect, and the field of research related to solar cells is known as photovoltaics.

Solar cells have many applications. They have long been used in situations where electrical power from the grid is unavailable, such as in remote area power systems, Earth-orbiting satellites and space probes, consumer systems, e.g. handheld calculators or wrist watches, remote radiotelephones and water pumping applications. More recently, they are starting to be used in assemblies of solar modules (photovoltaic arrays) connected to the electricity grid through an inverter, often in combination with a net metering arrangement.

This new book presents the lastest research in the field from around the globe.

Table of Contents:

Expert Commentary -

From Randomly Distributed to Vertically Aligned Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells: A New Route to Low Cost Photovoltaics?; pp. 1-4
(Nadia Camaioni, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per la Sintesi Organica e la Fotoreattivita, Bologna, Italy)

Short Communications

Short Communication A - Evaluation on Coating Shape of Space Solar Cell Based on Automatic Optical Inspection; pp. 5-22
(Z. Fu, H. Zhao, W.X. Yan, Robotics Research Institute, Shanghai Jiaotong Univ., Shanghai, P.R. China)

Short Communication B - On Determination of Series, Shunt and Dynamic Resistances of Mono-Crystalline, Polycrystalline and Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells from Single I-V Curve Measurement;
pp. 23-39
(J. Thongpron, A. Namin, Clean Energy Systems Group (CES), Rajamankgala Univ. of Technology Lanna(RMUTL), Chaingmai, Thailand, K. Kirtikara, Clean Energy Systems Group (CES), King Mongkut's Univ. of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Bangkok, Thailand)

Short Communication C - Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Based on Metal Substrates; pp. 41-52
(Yongseok Jun, Hogyeong Yun, Man Gu Kang, Ionics Devices Team, IT Convergence & Components Laboratory, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Daejeon, Republic of Korea)

Research and Review Studies

Chapter 1 - Recent Research Trends in Texturization and Light Trapping in Silicon Solar Cells; pp. 53-129
(U. Gangopadhyay, IC Design & Fabrication Centre, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Dept., Jadavpur Univ., Kolkata, India, S.K. Dutta, Dept. of Physics, City College, Kolkata, India, H. Saha, IC Design & Fabrication Centre, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Dept., Jadavpur Univ., Kolkata, India)

Chapter 2 - Solar and Heat Engines: Thermodynamic Distinguish As a Key to the High Efficiency Solar Cells.; pp. 131-179
(V.I. Laptev, Institute of Physical Electronics (ipe), Univ. of Stuttgart, Germany)

Chapter 3 - High-Effective Solar Energy Conversion: Thermodynamics, Crystallography and Clusters; pp. 181-204
(V. Laptev, H. Khlyap, Institute of Physical Electronics, Univ. of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany)

Chapter 4 - Present and Future of High Efficiency CdTe Thin Films Solar Cells; pp. 205-229
(Osvaldo Vigil-Galan, Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico D.F., Mexico)

Chapter 5 - Contribution of Surface Phototovoltage Method to Diagnostics of Materials for Solar Cells; pp. 231-257
(J. Tousek, J. Touskova, I. Krivka, Dept. of Macromolecular Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles Univ. Prague, Prague, Czech Republic)

Chapter 6 - A Candidate for Very Low Cost Solar Cells: Solar Cells Based on Low-Purity Silicon Materials; pp. 259-275
(Jianming Li, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P.R. China)

Chapter 7 - Black Cu-Ni Alloy Coatings for Solar Selective Applications: A Hull Cell Approach; pp. 277-296
(G.R. Vasanthakumar, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany, Dept. of Post-Graduate Studies and Research in Chemistry, Central College, Bangalore Univ., Bangalore, India, C.N. Tharamani, Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, Dept. of Post-Graduate Studies and Research in Chemistry, Central College, Bangalore Univ., Bangalore, India)

Chapter 8 - New Method of Preparation of Composites Promising for the Development of Plastic Solar Cells; pp. 297-317
(Ya. Vertsimakha, A. Verbitsky, Institute of Physics NAS, Kyiv, Ukraine)


   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2008
   Pages: 7 x 10, 329pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60456-030-5
   Status: AV
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