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Solar Energy Engineering

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As perhaps the most promising of all the renewable energy sources available today, solar energy is becoming increasingly important in the drive to achieve energy independence and climate balance. This new book is the masterwork from world-renowned expert Dr. Soteris Kalogirou, who has championed solar energy for decades. The book includes all areas of solar energy engineering, from the fundamentals to the highest level of current research. The author includes pivotal subjects such as solar collectors, solar water heating, solar space heating and cooling, industrial process heat, solar desalination, photovoltaics, solar thermal power systems, and modeling of solar systems, including the use of artificial intelligence systems in solar energy systems, modeling and performance prediction.

*Written by one of the world's most renowned experts in solar energy

*Covers the hottest new developments in solar technology, such as solar cooling and desalination

*Packed with quick look up tables and schematic diagrams for the most commonly used systems today'

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Image
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Preface
  6. Chapter one. Introduction
    1. 1.1 General Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies
    2. 1.2 Energy Demand and Renewable Energy
    3. 1.3 Energy-related Environmental Problems
    4. 1.4 State of the Climate in 2005
    5. 1.5 A Brief History of Solar Energy
    6. 1.6 Other Renewable Energy Systems
    7. Exercise
  7. Chapter two. Environmental Characteristics
    1. 2.1 Reckoning of Time
    2. 2.2 Solar Angles
    3. 2.3 Solar Radiation
    4. 2.4 The Solar Resource
    5. Exercises
  8. Chapter three. Solar Energy Collectors
    1. 3.1 Stationary Collectors
    2. 3.2 Sun-Tracking Concentrating Collectors
    3. 3.3 Thermal Analysis of Flat-Plate Collectors
    4. 3.4 Thermal Analysis of Air Collectors
    5. 3.5 Practical Considerations for Flat-Plate Collectors
    6. 3.6 Concentrating Collectors
    7. 3.7 Second-Law Analysis
    8. Exercises
  9. Chapter four. Performance of Solar Collectors
    1. 4.1 Collector Thermal Efficiency
    2. 4.2 Collector Incidence Angle Modifier
    3. 4.3 Concentrating Collector Acceptance Angle
    4. 4.4 Collector Time Constant
    5. 4.5 Dynamic System Test Method
    6. 4.6 Collector Test Results and Preliminary Collector Selection
    7. 4.7 Quality Test Methods
    8. 4.8 European Standards
    9. 4.9 Data Acquisition Systems
    10. Exercises
  10. Chapter five. Solar Water Heating Systems
    1. 5.1 Passive Systems
    2. 5.2 Active Systems
    3. 5.3 Heat Storage Systems
    4. 5.4 Module and Array Design
    5. 5.5 Differential Temperature Controller
    6. 5.6 Hot Water Demand
    7. 5.7 Solar Water Heater Performance Evaluation
    8. 5.8 Simple System Models
    9. 5.9 Practical Considerations
    10. Exercises
  11. Chapter six. Solar Space Heating and Cooling
    1. 6.1 Thermal Load Estimation
    2. 6.2 Passive Space Heating Design
    3. 6.3 Solar Space Heating and Cooling
    4. 6.4 Solar Cooling
    5. 6.5 Solar Cooling with Absorption Refrigeration
    6. Exercises
  12. Chapter seven. Industrial Process Heat, Chemistry Applications, and Solar Dryers
    1. 7.1 Industrial Process Heat: General Design Considerations
    2. 7.2 Solar Steam Generation Systems
    3. 7.3 Solar Chemistry Applications
    4. 7.4 Solar Dryers
    5. 7.5 Greenhouses
    6. Exercises
  13. Chapter eight. Solar Desalination Systems
    1. 8.1 Introduction
    2. 8.2 Desalination Processes
    3. 8.3 Direct Collection Systems
    4. 8.4 Indirect Collection Systems
    5. 8.5 Review of Renewable Energy Desalination Systems
    6. Exercises
  14. Chapter nine. Photovoltaic Systems
    1. 9.1 Semiconductors
    2. 9.2 Photovoltaic Panels
    3. 9.3 Related Equipment
    4. 9.4 Applications
    5. 9.5 Design of PV Systems
    6. 9.6 Concentrating PV
    7. 9.7 Hybrid PV/T Systems
    8. Exercises
  15. Chapter ten. Solar Thermal Power Systems
    1. 10.1 Introduction
    2. 10.2 Parabolic Trough Collector Systems
    3. 10.3 Power Tower Systems
    4. 10.4 Dish Systems
    5. 10.5 Thermal Analysis of Solar Power Plants
    6. 10.6 Solar Ponds
    7. Exercises
  16. Chapter eleven. Designing and Modeling Solar Energy Systems
    1. 11.1 f-chart Method and Program
    2. 11.2 Utilizability Method
    3. 11.3 The , f-Chart Method
    4. 11.4 Unutilizability Method
    5. 11.5 Modeling and Simulation of Solar Energy Systems
    6. 11.6 Artificial Intelligence in Solar Energy Systems
    7. 11.7 Limitations of Simulations
    8. Exercises
  17. Chapter twelve. Solar Economic Analysis
    1. 12.1 Life Cycle Analysis
    2. 12.2 Time Value of Money
    3. 12.3 Description of the Life Cycle Analysis Method
    4. 12.4 The P1, P2 Method
    5. 12.5 Uncertainties in Economic Analysis
    6. Assignment
    7. Exercises
  18. APPENDIX 1. Nomenclature
    1. Radiation Nomenclature
    2. Subscripts
    3. Symbols
    4. Greek
    5. Abbreviations
  19. APPENDIX 2. Definitions
  20. APPENDIX 3. Sun Diagrams
  21. APPENDIX 4. Terrestrial Spectral Irradiance
  22. APPENDIX 5. Thermophysical Properties of Materials
  23. APPENDIX 6. Equations for the Curves of Figures 3.34 to 3.36
  24. APPENDIX 7. Meteorological Data
    1. United States
    2. Europe
    3. Rest of the World
  25. APPENDIX 8. Present Worth Factors
  26. Index