Photovoltaics: Synthesis, Applications and Emerging Technologies


Monique A. Gill (Editor)

Series: Energy Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: TEC031010

Increasing demands on energy has necessitated the development of large-scale, low-cost, renewable energy. Solar energy is highly attractive and extremely promising as the energy reaching the earth from the sun is orders of magnitude larger than today’s global energy consumption and is quiet, requires low maintenance, has no restrictions on size, can be located close to the point on consumption, and is a clean, direct and efficient mode of energy conversion.

The challenge lies in making solar power economically competitive while working with the materials readily available in abundance along with all their inherent constraints, also using those materials as economically as possible. Novel materials and structures are constantly being investigated for possible application in the area of photovoltaics (PVs). This book begins by discussing nanostructure-based PVs. It then continues to provide information on several topics that include the environmental impacts from end-of-life disposal of PVs; photocured polymer electrolyte membranes for dye-sensitized solar cells; economic analysis of support policies in PV systems; indoor PVs; effect of urban density on PV performance; and PV effects in nanoscale ferroelectrics. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Nanostructure-Based Photovoltaics (pp. 1-36)
Latha Nataraj (U. S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, USA)

Chapter 2 – Evaluation of Potential Health and Environmental Impacts from End-of-Life Disposal of Photovoltaics (pp. 37-52)
Parikhit Sinha, V. Lyle Trumbull, Swiatoslav W. Kaczmar and Keith A. Johnson (First Solar, Tempe, AZ, USA, and others)

Chapter 3 – Photocured Polymer Electrolyte Membranes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (pp. 53-72)
A. Sacco, F. Bella, S. Bianco and R. Bongiovanni (Center for Space Human Robotics@PoliTO, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Torino, Italy, and others)

Chapter 4 – Economic Analysis of Support Policies in Photovoltaic Systems: A Comparison between the Two Main European Markets (pp. 73-90)
L. Dusonchet and E. Telaretti (DEIM: Department of Energy, Information Technology and Mathematical Models of the University of Palermo, Italy)

Chapter 5 – Modeling of Photovoltaic Generator as a Random Variable (pp. 91-120)
F. J. Ruiz-Rodriguez and F. Jurado (University of Jaén, Department of Electrical Engineering EPS Linares, Jaén, Spain)

Chapter 6 – The Empirical Analysis of Promotion Schemes for Solar PV: Towards a Comprehensive Framework on Interactions between Assessment Criteria (pp. 121-138)
Pablo del Río, Cristina Peñasco and Gustav Resch (CSIC, Madrid, Spain, and others)

Chapter 7 – Indoor Photovoltaics: Basic Principles, Current Status and Future Development (pp. 139-156)
Monika Freunek (Müller), Ph.D. (TCF Engineering, Germany)

Chapter 8 – Iron Pyrite As a Sustainable Material in Thin Film Solar Cells (pp. 157-172)
Redhouane Henda (School of Engineering, Laurentian University, Sudbury Ontario, Canada)

Chapter 9 – Effect of Urban Density on PV Performance (pp. 173-196)
V. S. Y. Cheng and J. C. K. Tong (Arup, Building Sustainability Group, Hong Kong SAR, China)

Chapter 10 – Photovoltaic Effects in Nanoscale Ferroelectrics (pp. 197-210)
Jan Seidel (School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)


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