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Solar Energy Conversion: The Solar Cell

By: RC Neville


Hardback | Dec 1995 | Edition: 2 | #43489 | ISBN: 0444898182
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A large number of solar cell systems are described in this volume, including the theory of their operation, their design and the levels of their performance.


Part 1 Energy needs - energy sources: consumption; conventional sources of energy; alternative energy sources; nuclear fusion; solar energy; temperature differences; thermodynamics; ocean temperature-difference generators; solar-thermal; solar-electric; references. Part 2 The sun and sunlight: sunlight; geometrical effects; weather; light collection; lens systems; mirrors; optical materials; maximum optical concentration; references. Part 3 Semiconductors: crystal structure; quantum mechanics and energy bands; electrons and holes; currents; recombination and carrier lifetime; junctions; references. Part 4 Light-semiconductor interaction: reflection; light interaction; preliminary material selection; absorption; reflection and absorption; references. Part 5 Basic theoretical performance: local electric fields; PN junction electrical characteristics; heterojunction electrical characteristics; electrical characteristics of schottky junctions; open circuit voltage and short circuit current; optimum power conditions; references. Part 6 Solar cell configuration and performance: optical orientation; device design - minority carrier collection; device design - saturation current; device design - series resistance; solar cell performance - discussion; references. Part 7 Advanced approaches: temperature effects; heat flow within a solar cell; optical concentration - photocurrent; performance under concentration; references. Part 8 Advanced approaches - II: second stage solar power systems; third generation solar cell systems; miscellaneous approaches; references. Part 9 Polycrystalline and amorphous solar cells: polycrystalline solar cells; cadmium sulfide/copper sulfide; copper indium selenide (CIS); polycrystalline silicon; thin film cadmium telluride; other possibilities for polycrystalline solar cells; final comments on polycrystalline solar cells; amorphous material based solar cells; amorphous silicon; concluding remarks; references. Part 10 Concluding thoughts: economics; electrical energy storage; the system; final words; references.

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