Solar Electric Power Generation [electronic resource] : Photovoltaic Energy Systems / by Stefan C. W. Krauter.Material type: TextLanguage: English Publisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2006Description: XXI, 271 p. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783540313465Subject(s): Engineering | Engineering economy | Environmental protection | Engineering | Renewable Energy Sources | Energy Economics | Electrical Power Generation and Transmission | Atmospheric Protection/Air Quality Control/Air PollutionAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 621.042 LOC classification: TJ807-830Online resources: Click here to access online
Photovoltaics -- Inverters -- Storage -- PV-Systems in the Tropics -- Energy Consumption for the Set-up of a PV Power Plant -- Energy Yield -- Energy Input by Dumping and Recycling -- Total Energy Balance -- Optimization -- Summary.
Solar electricity is an economically viable, environmentally sustainable alternative to the world’s energy supplies. In support, Dr. Krauter thoroughly examines the various technical parameters of photovoltaic systems. Study of performance and yield (including optical, thermal, and electrical parameters and interfaces) are analyzed. The net energy balance of photovoltaic systems – from production, operation and maintenance, to recycling – is explored. Professor Krauter demonstrates how the importance of accurate yield calculations, optimal system performance, and new prototypes aid in cost reductions. The potential of solar electric power generation as a means to significantly reduce CO2 emissions is also detailed. In addition, various locations for the production and installation of photovoltaic power plants are considered – with surprising results. Examples, tables and figures are included.