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Physics of Solar Cells

For those interested in understanding the basic physical principles of solar cells as well as new concepts in the area, Peter Würfel thoroughly explains the key knowledge in such a way, that with a high school understanding of physics, its all clear and concise.

Photovoltaic energy is one of the biggest, most booming trends in renewable energy at the moment, but also seems to be one of the most technologically complicated for the average consumer to understand in depth, and understanding the why or how something works, is just as much a part of self-reliance as the technology itself is.

Solar energy conversion relies basically on the same basic principles no matter what tech is in play, and usually those consist of some kind of absorber, embedded between layers, with a unique ability to transport electrons from semi permeable membranes on one end to holes on the other.

In more experimental technologies, such as photosynthetic solar panels for example, the absorption is performed, by simply baking one side of a pane of glass or plastic with a colored die, then smashing a protein chlorophyll-like substance between that plane and a clear one, sealing the ends with conductive materials.

In either case be they photovoltaics or photosynthetics, the solar panel will agitate electrons that consequently migrate to where there is a need for them, creating in this way, a current of energy.

This 198-page hardcover, written by Peter Würfel, first published by Wiley-VCH in March of 2005, measuring 9.6 x 6.8 x 0.6 and shipping at 1.2 pounds.

    What makes a solar cell work?
    What are the basic concepts like absorption and the transport properties of materials?

Physics of Solar Cells goes from principles to new concepts in an easy to grasp language that makes sense.

Online Media:
The Physics of Photovoltaic Cells – By Professor Robert H. B. Exell




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Posted in Books by admin on March 21, 2008.

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