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Solar Energy: An Introduction

Michael E. Mackay


This book provides an introduction to all aspects of solar energy, from photovoltaic devices to active and passive solar thermal energy conversion is presented, giving both a detailed and a broad perspective of the field. At the start, a chapter considering solar radiation, basic principles applied to solar energy, semiconductor physics and light absorption brings the reader to an equal footing with the technologies of either solar generated electrical current or useful heat. Details of how a solar cell works and then production of current from a photovoltaic device are subsequently discussed. ... More

Keywords: solar energy, solar cell, photovoltaics, solar thermal, active, passive, solar chimney, solar tower, solar thermal generated electricity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199652105
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652105.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael E. Mackay, author
Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware