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Research and Markets: Nanophysics of Solar and Renewable Energy

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets (

has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd’s new book

“Nanophysics of Solar and Renewable Energy” to their offering.

This easy accessible textbook provides an overview of solar to electric

energy conversion, followed by a detailed look at one aspect, namely

photovoltaics, including the underlying principles and fabrication

methods. The author, an experienced author and teacher, reviews such

green technologies as solar-heated-steam power, hydrogen, and

thermoelectric generation, as well as nuclear fusion.

Throughout the book, carefully chosen, up-to-date examples are used to

illustrate important concepts and research tools. The opening chapters

give a broad and exhaustive survey of long term energy resources,

reviewing current and potential types of solar driven energy sources.

The core part of the text on solar energy conversion discusses different

concepts for generating electric power, followed by a profound

presentation of the underlying semiconductor physics and rounded off by

a look at efficiency and third-generation concepts. The concluding

section offers a rough analysis of the economics relevant to the

large-scale adoption of photovoltaic conversion with a discussion of

such issues as durability, manufacturability and cost, as well as the

importance of storage.

The book is self-contained so as to be suitable for students with

introductory calculus-based courses in physics, chemistry, or

engineering. It introduces concepts in quantum mechanics, atomic and

molecular physics, plus the solid state and semiconductor junction

physics needed to attain a quantitative understanding of the current

status of this field. With its comments on economic aspects, it is also

a useful tool for those readers interested in a career in alternative


Key Topics Covered:

1 A survey of long term energy resources

2 Physics of nuclear fusion: the source of all solar-related energy

3 Terrestrial approaches to fusion energy

4 Introduction to solar energy conversion

5 Semiconductors and junction devices

6 Solar cells based on single pn junctions

7 Multi-junction and energy concentrating solar cells

8 Survey of efficiency, third generation concepts

9 Cells for hydrogen generation – aspects of hydrogen storage

10 Fabrication methods, learning curves, economic aspects

11 Prospects for solar power

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Source: John Wiley and Sons Ltd

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