Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, Third Edition

Edited by Roger A Messenger and Gerard G Ventre 
CRC Press  2010  

Hardcover  480 pp  ISBN 9781439802922      £42.00
The U.S. Department of Energy now estimates a factor of 14 increase in grid-connected systems between 2009 and 2017, depending upon various factors such as incentives for renewables and availability and price of conventional fuels.

With this fact in mind, Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, Third Edition presents a comprehensive engineering basis for photovoltaic (PV) system design, so engineers can understand the what, why, and how associated with the electrical, mechanical, economic, and aesthetic aspects of PV system design. Building on the popularity of the first two editions, esteemed authors Roger Messenger and Jerry Ventre explore the significant growth and new ideas in the PV industry. They integrate their experience in system design and installation gained since publication of the last edition.

Intellectual tools to help engineers and students to understand new technologies and ideas in this rapidly evolving field

The book educates about the design of PV systems so that when engineering judgment is needed, the engineer can make intelligent decisions based on a clear understanding of the parameters involved. This goal differentiates this textbook from the many design and installation manuals that train the reader how to make design decisions, but not why. The authors explain why a PV design is executed a certain way, and how the design process is actually implemented.

In exploring these ideas, this cutting-edge book presents:

  • An updated background of energy production and consumption
  • Mathematical background for understanding energy supply and demand
  • A summary of the solar spectrum, how to locate the sun, and how to optimize the capture of its energy
  • Analysis of the components used in PV systems

Also useful for students, the text is full of additional practical considerations added to the theoretical background associated with mechanical and structural design. A modified top-down approach organizes the material to quickly cover the building blocks of the PV system. The focus is on adjusting the parameters of PV systems to optimize performance. The last two chapters present the physical basis of PV cell operation and optimization.

Presenting new problems based upon contemporary technology, this book covers a wide range of topics - including chemistry, circuit analysis, electronics, solid state device theory, and economics - this book will become a relied upon addition to any engineer€s library.


Population and Energy Demand Energy Units Current World Energy Use Patterns Exponential Growth Hubbert€s Gaussian Model Net Energy, Btu Economics, and the Test for Sustainability Direct Conversion of Sunlight to Electricity with Photovoltaics The Sun The Solar Spectrum The Effect of Atmosphere on Sunlight Sunlight Specifics Capturing Sunlight

Introduction to PV Systems
The PV Cell The PV Module The PV Array Energy Storage PV System Loads PV System Availability Associated System Electronic Components Generators Balance of System (BOS) Components

Grid-Connected Utility-Interactive PV Systems
Applicable Codes and Standards Design Considerations for Straight Grid-Connected PV Systems Design of a System Based on Desired Annual System Performance Design of a System Based on Available Roof Space Design of a Microinverter-Based System Design of a Nominal 21 kW System that Feeds a Three-Phase Distribution Panel Design of a Nominal 250 kW System System Performance Monitoring

Mechanical Considerations
Important Properties of Materials Establishing Mechanical System Requirements Design and Installation Guidelines Forces Acting on PV Arrays Array Mounting System Design Computing Mechanical Loads and Stresses Stand-off, Roof Mount Examples

Battery-Backup Grid-Connected PV Systems
Battery-Backup Design Basics A Single-Inverter 120 V Battery-Backup System Based on Standby Loads A 120/240 V Battery-Backup System Based on Available Roof Space An 18 kW Battery-Backup System Using Inverters in Tandem AC-Coupled Battery-Backup Systems Battery Connections

Stand-Alone PV Systems
The Simplest Configuration: Module and Fan A PV-Powered Water-Pumping System A PV-Powered Parking Lot Lighting System A Cathodic Protection System A Portable Highway Advisory Sign A Critical-Need Refrigeration System A PV-Powered Mountain Cabin A Hybrid-Powered, Off-Grid Residence Summary of Design Procedures

Economic Considerations
Life-Cycle Costing Borrowing Money Payback Analysis Externalities

Externalities and Photovoltaics
Externalities Environmental Effects of Energy Sources Externalities Associated with PV Systems

The Physics of Photovoltaic Cells
Optical Absorption Extrinsic Semiconductors and the pn Junction Maximizing PV Cell Performance Exotic Junctions

Present and Proposed PV Cells and Systems
Silicon PV Cells Gallium Arsenide Cells Copper Indium (Gallium) Diselenide Cells Cadmium Telluride Cells Emerging Technologies New Developments in System Design


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