Solar Power: Technologies, Environmental Impacts and Future Prospects


Stephen Bailey (Editor)

Series: Energy Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: TEC031010

Solar and other renewable power can play an important role in future electricity systems, as shown by numerous energy and electricity system model studies. Many of these studies have in common that they focus on cost as the central issue, either by optimizing it or using it as a key variable in simulation. This book examines the renewable energy policies in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in order to identify the policy motivations and constraints for expanding renewables in these countries.

It also discusses safety hazards associated with the use of solar panels; rotating prism array for solar tracking; fabrication, electronic properties and microstructure of TiO2-based dye-sensitized solar cells; solar tower power plants performance and reliability analysis; liquid crystal devices for photovoltaic systems; and mechanisms for solar technologies. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Material Energy Nexus: The Impacts of Metals Supply and Demand on the Future Solar Power Technologies (pp. 1-22)
Ayman Elshkaki (Center for Industrial Ecology, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA)

Chapter 2 – More than Costs: On the Fit Between Solar and Renewable Electricity Policy Motivations and Energy System Models (pp. 23-56)
Johan Lilliestam, Yann Blumer, Anna Geddes, Mercè Labordena, Leonhard Späth and Oscar van Vliet (Federal Swiss Institute for Technology (ETH), Institute for Environmental Decision-Making, Human-Environment Systems, Zürich, Switzerland)

Chapter 3 – Fabrication, Electronic Properties and Microstructures of TiO2-Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (pp. 57-68)
Takeo Oku, Nariaki Kakuta, Kengo Kobayashi and Atsushi Suzuki (Department of Materials Science, The University of Shiga Prefecture, Shiga, Japan)

Chapter 4 – Solar Tower Power Plants Performance and Reliability Analysis (pp. 69-128)
S. Benammar, A. Khellaf and K. Mohammedi (Laboratoire Energétique Mécanique et Ingénieries (LEMI), M’hamed Bougara, University – Boumerdes, Boumerdes, Algeria, and others)

Chapter 5 – Liquid Crystal Devices for Photovoltaic Systems (pp. 129-168)
Yi-Hsin Lin and Yu-Shih Tsou (Department of Photonics, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

Chapter 6 – Modelling of Advanced Promotion Mechanisms for Solar Technologies: Net-Metering and Capacity Auctioning Schemes (pp. 169-202)
Andreas Poullikkas (Department of Electrical Engineering, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus)


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