Handbook of Research on Solar Energy Systems and Technologies
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Handbook of Research on Solar Energy Systems and Technologies

Sohail Anwar (The Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College, USA), Harry Efstathiadis (University at Albany- SUNY, USA) and Salahuddin Qazi (SUNY Institute of Technology, USA)
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Release Date: August, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 614
ISBN13: 9781466619968|ISBN10: 1466619961|EISBN13: 9781466619975|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1996-8


The last ten years have seen rapid advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology, allowing unprecedented manipulation of nanoscale structures controlling solar capture, conversion, and storage.

Filled with cutting-edge solar energy research and reference materials, the Handbook of Research on Solar Energy Systems and Technologies serves as a one-stop resource for the latest information regarding different topical areas within solar energy. This handbook will emphasize the application of nanotechnology innovations to solar energy technologies, explore current and future developments in third generation solar cells, and provide a detailed economic analysis of solar energy applications.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Economics
  • Hybrid Thermo – Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
  • Nanostructures for Solar Energy Conversion
  • Photovoltaic Devices
  • Photovoltaic Modules and Systems
  • Reliability and Testing Standards
  • Solar Cells
  • Solar Energy Conversion Materials
  • Solar Energy Storage
  • Solar Thermal Systems

Reviews and Testimonials

The 20 papers in this volume present recent research on converting sunlight into electricity and survey the state of the art in thin film silicon solar cells. The contributors review material characterization techniques for solar cell devices, mechatronics technology for tracking solar panels, computer simulations of solar energy systems, image processing for solar cell analysis, and artificial intelligence techniques for solar energy and photovoltaic applications. Methods of forecasting solar radiation are compared and a solar-powered electrical generation plant is proposed for the hot Saudi Arabian desert. B&w images are provided.

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR

This book is devoted to very hot and important topics for humankind: practical use of solar energy – the most plentiful resource of clean, natural energy for planet Earth. [...] The book is a collection of versatile views on modern solar energy and is very useful for teachers on any level – university, high school, and of course for researchers who need to look at problems from the other side. Highly Recommended. The information available here is collected and analyzed from different points of view.

– Dr. Igor I. Tyukhov, Associate Professor, Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering, Russia, and Deputy Chair Holder of the UNESCO Chair

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr. Sohail Anwar is an Associate Professor of Engineering at the Altoona College of The Pennsylvania State University. In addition, he is a Professional Associate of the Management Development Programs and Services at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Dr. Anwar has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Engineering Technology. He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Modern Engineering, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of The Pennsylvania Academy of Science. In addition, he is serving as the Series Editor of the Nanotechnology and Energy Series, Taylor and Francis Group/CRC Press.
Harry Efstathiadis Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) at the University at Albany – State University of New York (SUNY). Over the past 15+ years Dr. Efstathiadis’ research has focused on science and technology of photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, thin film development, nanostructures, and devices. He is experienced in characterization of thin film surfaces, interfaces, and optical, electrical, and chemical properties of materials by optical-, electron-, ion-, and x-ray spectroscopies and electrical measurements. The last 10+ years, he has worked and interacted with several industrial partners. His work objectives were to enable technology and commercialization acceleration through research, development, integration, deployment of emerging nanoscale innovations in renewable energy related applications. Dr Efstathiadis worked with the industrial partners funded this work to scale up the developed research activities and to transfer part of these R&D activities to from university laboratories into the market place through the development of commercial products by the industrial partners. Dr. Efstathiadis research is focused in thin film process development of nc-Si, a-Si:H, poly-Si, and Cu(In, Ga)Se2 using vacuum and non-vacuum deposition methods, vacuum deposition system design, chemical bath deposition of ZnS and CdS, and deposition of metal contacts, multilayer structures, antireflective and barrier layers such as oxides and nitrides on glass and flexible metal substrates. His expertise includes CIGS- and Si-based PV device fabrication and testing.
Salahuddin Qazi received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Technology, Loughborough, England, and his BS in electronic engineering from the University College of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom. He is currently a full professor in the School of Information Systems and Engineering Technology at the State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica, New York. Dr. Qazi has been a chair and coordinator of several programs including electrical engineering technology, photonics, and graduate programs in advanced technology, which he helped to develop. He has worked, conducted research, and taught in the United Kingdom and theMiddle East before coming to the United States. Dr. Qazi won several research awards and grants to conduct research and has published several articles and book chapters in the area of fiber-doped amplifiers, wireless security, optical wireless communications, and microelectromechanial system (MEMS)-based wireless and optical communications.