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From Sunlight to Electricity : A practical handbook on solar photovoltaic applications (Third Edition)

  • Author(s): Suneel Deambi
  • Size:140 mm x 220 mm
  • Pages: 172
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9788179935736
  • Cover Price:

    Rs.250.00 / US $18.00

  • Special Price: Rs. 225.00 / US $16.00

Book Details

The third edition of From Sunlight to Electricity: a practical handbook on solar photovoltaic application brings in the latest information about photovoltaic sector in India, designs and applications of specific devices and related benefits, finance, and policies. This edition of the book gives readers an understanding of the photovoltaic technology programme in India, the issues therein, and its future directions.

The information has been presented in a format that is easy to understand and apply. In this third edition, the author has included topics such as “global development in PV system”, “installation and maintenance of PV systems”, and “application of PV systems for other households”.

Key Features

    Stakeholders in the PV (photovoltaic) sector—policy-makers, government officials, non-governmental organizations, and academic and research organizations.

Target Audience

    Stakeholders in the PV (photovoltaic) sector—policy-makers, government officials, non-governmental organizations, and academic and research organizations

Table of Contents

    Preface

    Acknowledgements

    1. Overview of solar photovoltaic programme worldwide 

    • Introduction 
    • The onset of new generation technologies 
    • The bigger renewable energy statement 
    • Growing photovoltaics installed capacities 
    • Off-grid photovoltaics application 
    • Photovoltaics: country perspective 
    • Other photovoltaics markets 
    • Policy support 
    • The sunny march

     

    2. Components of photovoltaic systems 

    • Introduction
    • Silicon wafer 
    • Solar cells 
    • Solar module 
    • Thin film cells 
    • Concentrator cells 
    • Other technologies 
    • Comparative evaluation of crystalline and thin films 
    • Expected market share of PV module technology in 2014 
    • Balance of system 
    • Blocking diode 
    • Other components

     

    3. Applications of photovoltaic systems

    • Introduction
    • Lighting systems 
    • Solar water pumping application 
    • Solar power for refrigeration 
    • Photovoltaics for telecommunications 
    • Large industrial facilities for captive use 
    • Large commercial facilities 
    • Solar power for warning signs 
    • Off-grid and captive power plants 
    • Underlying operation 
    • PV grid system with battery backup 
    • PV grid system (without battery storage) 
    • PV–diesel hybrid power system 
    • PV–wind hybrid systems

     

    4. Designing a solar PV system 

    • Introduction 
    • Factors influencing performance
    • Solar radiation in India 
    • Key considerations for system design 
    • Guidelines on life expectancy of key solar components 
    • Criteria for a good quality PV system 
    • Designing a PV system with battery backup
    • PV system designing 
    • Determining the battery bank
    • Assumptive key battery determinants for an energy storage battery 
    • Case studies—sampled system sizing calculations 
    • Designing a water pumping system 
    • Overall system design for water pumping supply 
    • System sizing procedure for a grid-connected PV system 
    • Case-specific examples
    • PV syst
    • Ret screen
    • PV-watts
    • Homer
    • Conclusion
    • Determining the battery bank
    • Assumptive key battery determinants for an energy storage battery 
    • Case studies—sampled system sizing calculations 
    • Designing a water pumping system 
    • Overall system design for water pumping supply 
    • System sizing procedure for a grid-connected PV system 
    • Case-specific examples
    • PV syst
    • Ret screen
    • PV-watts
    • Homer
    • Conclusion

     

    5. Costing of solar photovoltaic systems

    • Introduction 
    • Segmented cost approach
    • Visible challenges 
    • Solar module pricing in India 
    • Cost estimates of a selective few PV systems 
    • Component-wise cost of PV rooftop systems 
    • Financial and fiscal incentives for rooftop systems 
    • Point-specific analysis of PV pricing differences 
    • Cost estimates of MW-scale PV power plants 
    • Cercbenchmark for 1 MW PV power plant 
    • Financial aspects of projects

     

    6. Installation and maintenance of photovoltaic systems 

    • Introduction 
    • Understanding the solar energy measurement  
    • Working principle of a solar cell
    • Idea of a solar cell grouping 
    • Key components of a solar power system 
    • Commonly used categories of PV systems 
    • System installation 
    • Selection of the component location
    • System component interconnections 
    • Maintenance requirements
    • Routine care of the electronic components 

     

    7. Overview of solar photovoltaic programme in India

    • Introduction
    • Historical perspective
    • Key achievements of PV programme
    • Production pattern of solar cells and modules in India 104
    • PV installed system base
    • Proposed cost goal for PV
    • PV market development programme in India
    • Key PV market segments
    • PV marketing models
    • Successfully adopted PV marketing mechanisms
    • Recent PV programme initiatives
    • State solar policies and achievements
    • Commulative grid-connected solar PV installation
    • State-wise distribution of PV installations
    • Scheme for development of solar parks and ultra-mega power projects
    • Solar powered agricultural pump sets programme
    • Development of canal projects
    • The road ahead
    • Databank of potential sites from climatic data perspective
    • Quality control
    • Building-centric focus of PV installations 

     

    8. International photovoltaic programme

    • Global PV programme
    • PV country programmes

    Annexure I

    Annexure II

    Annexure III

    Annexure IV

    Index

     About the Authors 

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