Electromagnetic Foundations of Solar Radiation Collection

A Technology for Sustainability

  • Alan J.¬†Sangster

Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 263-277

About this book


This text seeks to illuminate, mainly for the electrical power engineers of the future, the topic of large scale solar flux gathering schemes, which arguably represent the major source of renewable power available. The aim of the content is to impart, from an electromagnetic perspective, a deep and sound understanding of the topic of solar flux collection, ranging from the characteristics of light to the properties of antennas. To do this five chapters are employed to provide a thorough grounding in relevant aspects of electromagnetism and electromagnetic waves including optics, electromagnetic radiation and reception, aperture antennas and array antennas, and the quantum electrodynamics aspects of optical absorption, as it relates to photovoltaic techniques. The principles developed in these chapters are then used to underpin and elucidate the main chapters on photovoltaic collectors, concentrated solar power collectors, satellite based collection systems and optical nantennas. To establish the novel and transformative renewable technologies, which civilisation will soon require, in order to achieve sustainability quickly and effectively, the availability of professional engineers and scientists with a thorough and commanding grasp of the fundamental science is an absolutely essential prerequisite. This book provides this for solar power generating systems.


Photovoltaic Collectors Solar Array Antennas Solar Cells Solar Electricity Systems Solar Flux Collection Solar Photovoltaic Systems Solar Power System

Authors and affiliations

  • Alan J.¬†Sangster
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Engineering & Physical ScienceHeriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-08511-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-08512-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1865-3529
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-3537
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