Solar Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment

Solar Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment

Robert Foster,

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The twenty-first century is rapidly becoming the “perfect energy storm”; modern society is faced with volatile energy prices and growing environmental concerns, as well as energy supply and security issues. Today’s society was founded on hydrocarbon fuel—a finite resource that already is one of the main catalysts for international conflicts, which is likely to intensify in the future. The global energy appetite is enormous, representing over $6 trillion per year, or about 13% of global gross domestic product (GDP). Unfortunately, the vast majority of this energy is not efficiently utilized for buildings, vehicles, or industry. This is especially true in the United States, which has about double the per-capita and GDP energy usage rates as compared to the European Union and Japan. The inefficient use of energy strongly exacerbates the global energy crisis. It is time to shed the outdated “burn, baby, burn” hydrocarbon energy thinking with a new energy vision; the time for clean energy solutions is here. Only through energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies can modern civilization extricate itself from the gathering perfect energy storm.

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Content :
  • Introduction to Solar Energy
  • Solar Resource
  • Fundamentals of Engineering: Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Solar Thermal Systems and Applications
  • Photovoltaic Cells
  • Photovoltaic Conversion Systems
  • Photovoltaic System Sizing and Design
  • Photovoltaic (PV) Applications
  • Economics
  • Institutional Issues
  • Energy Storage
  • Solar Energy Glossary


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