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Electricity from Sunlight: An Introduction to Photovoltaics [Hardcover]

Paul A. Lynn
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9 April 2010 9780470745601 978-0470745601 1
A lively and authoritative account of today’s photovoltaic (PV) technology and its practical applications This book covers areas including: a brief history of PV, and the current international scene; the scientific principles of solar cells including silicon and new thin–film varieties; PV modules and arrays; grid–connected PV, from home systems up to large power plants; the wide diversity of stand–alone PV systems, and; the economic and environmental aspects of solar electricity. Key equations and numerical examples are fully discussed, providing essential theoretical background. The text is supported by copious illustrations and more than eighty inspiring full colour photographs from around the world to demonstrate PV’s huge range of practical applications. This book is aimed at a wide readership including professionals working in related areas, and students taking introductory courses in PV and renewable energy. Its style and level will also appeal to energy planners and decision makers, members of environmental organisations, and the increasing number of people interested in generating their own electricity from sunlight.

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  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (9 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780470745601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470745601
  • ASIN: 0470745606
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,531,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paul A. Lynn obtained his BSc(Eng) and PhD degrees from Imperial College London. After several years in the electrical/electronics industry he lectured at Imperial College and the University of Bristol. In the 1980's he became fascinated by renewable energy and in 1993 was asked by publishers John Wiley & Sons to start a new international journal "Progress in Photovoltaics", which he edited for 15 years. In 2003 Paul designed and built a 6.2 metre solar-powered catamaran "Solar Flair I" in which he and his wife Ulrike made the first-ever solar voyage along the entire River Thames from Gloucestershire to London - 200 km and more than 40 locks. Two further catamarans followed: "Solar Flair II" designed for children; and in 2008 "Solar Flair III" which won first prize in the Sustainable Transport section at the Royal Bath & West Show. At home Paul uses PV modules to power a fan in his office, a fountain in his pond, and an electric fence to keep sheep in a meadow! He hopes his book "Electricity from Sunlight", first published by Wiley in 2010, will introduce a wide range of readers to the history, scientific principles, applications, and current international status of Photovoltaics.

Paul wrote a second book on renewable energy entitled "Onshore and Offshore Wind Energy: an Introduction", published by Wiley in 2011. He has had a long interest in wind energy and in the late 1980's and 1990's visited a number of the UK's earliest wind farms, talking to their engineers and getting a feel for the exciting progress of large modern wind turbines. More recently he has become enthusiastic about offshore wind, currently enjoying a boom in western Europe and set for a great future. The book is written very much in the style of "Electricity from Sunlight" with copious colour photos and illustrations, at a mathematical level that will appeal to a wide audience including students, professionals, and the many thoughtful people who wish to know more about modern wind engineering and the contribution it is already making to electricity generation in the 21st century.

Last but by no means least, Paul completed his trilogy on renewable energy with a book on Marine Energy in 2013. Publishers Wiley asked him to write a book in the same style as the previous two, introducing modern wave and tidal stream devices. Entitled "Electricity from Wave and Tide: an Introduction", it covers the history, theory, and present status of marine renewable energy, together with a series of case studies describing devices that have reached advanced prototype stage. Paul has contacted the various device developers for up-to-date information about their machines, and also the internationally famous European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland, where many of the devices are tested. The book is illustrated with about 80 inspiring colour photos and Paul hopes it will appeal to a wide audience of professionals, students, and individuals who wish to know more about this exciting field.

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"Electricity from sunlight is a very useful primer for beginning students of photovoltaic technology.  Lynn, an expert in the field with a broad background in industry and academia, has the ability to explain complex ideas in clear language and with minimal mathematics." ( CHOICE , January 2011) "Is a must read for any housebuilder wanting to wanting to know more about this ′hot topic′." ( Professional Housebuilder & Property Developer , 1 November 2010)

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A lively and authoritative account of today′s photovoltaic (PV) technology and its practical applications This book covers areas including: a brief history of PV, and the current international scene; the scientific principles of solar cells including silicon and new thin–film varieties; PV modules and arrays; grid–connected PV, from home systems up to large power plants; the wide diversity of stand–alone PV systems, and; the economic and environmental aspects of solar electricity. Key equations and numerical examples are fully discussed, providing essential theoretical background. The text is supported by copious illustrations and more than eighty inspiring full colour photographs from around the world to demonstrate PV′s huge range of practical applications. This book is aimed at a wide readership including professionals working in related areas, and students taking introductory courses in PV and renewable energy. Its style and level will also appeal to energy planners and decision makers, members of environmental organisations, and the increasing number of people interested in generating their own electricity from sunlight.

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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the finest introductions to PV 24 Feb 2012
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Format:Hardcover
This book is in my opinion the best introductory approach to photovoltaics I have read so far. It reads well, the contents are well balanced, covering the full spectrum of PV technology, and on top of that the color plots, figures and pictures are clear and well presented. The collection of photographs is very illustrative and encouraged me to keep reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for the non-expert 15 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
I consider myself passionate about sustainable energy but don't have much scientific background, so I thought this book was perfect for the non-expert.

The basic science is certainly in there (I'd feel short-changed if it wasn't), but it was extremely readable and I never felt like I was being left behind by technical stuff. The author has a knack of explaining PV without getting immersed in maths, and gives an excellent overview of current solar cells, PV technology, and the international scene. And what I thought was most useful was that it explored all sides of the issue. In my limited experience, books on this topic can be evangelical, ignoring the cons and inflating the pros, but this was far more considered. I felt like I was getting the whole picture, rather than a personally biased viewpoint.

Yes, the hardback is expensive, but you get what you pay for, and it's beautifully produced with full-colour photographs and illustrations, a gem of a book. If you are thinking of putting PV on your own roof, I reckon this is essential reading. Thoroughly recommended.
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