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Photovoltaic Solar Energy Generation

  • H.K.V. Lotsch
  • Adolf Goetzberger
  • Volker U.Hoffmann
  • William T. Rhodes
  • Toshimitsu Asakura
  • Karl-Heinz Brenner
  • Theodor W. Hänsch
  • Takeshi Kamiya
  • Ferenc Krausz
  • Bo Monemar
  • Herbert Venghaus
  • Horst Weber
  • Harald Weinfurter

Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 112)

About this book

Introduction

This comprehensive description and discussion of photovoltaics (PV) is presented at a level that makes it accessible to the interested academic. Starting with an historical overview, the text outlines the relevance of photovoltaics today and in the future. Then follows an introduction to the physical background of solar cells and the most important materials and technologies, with particular emphasis placed on future developments and prospects. The book goes beyond technology by also describing the path from the cell to the module to the system, proceeding to important applications, such as grid-connected and stand-alone systems. The composition and development of the markets and the role of PV in future energy systems are also considered. Finally, the discussion turns to the future structure of energy supplies, expected to comprise more distributed generation, and addresses synergies and competition from other carbon-free energy sources.

Keywords

Applications of photovoltaics Markets of PV PV in distributed energy systems Photovoltaic technology and materials Photovoltaics Solar energy solar cell

Authors and affiliations

  • H.K.V. Lotsch
  • Adolf Goetzberger
    • 1
  • Volker U.Hoffmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer ISEFreiburg

Editors and affiliations

  • William T. Rhodes
    • 1
  • Toshimitsu Asakura
    • 2
  • Karl-Heinz Brenner
    • 3
  • Theodor W. Hänsch
    • 4
  • Takeshi Kamiya
    • 5
  • Ferenc Krausz
    • 6
    • 7
  • Bo Monemar
    • 8
  • Herbert Venghaus
    • 9
  • Horst Weber
    • 10
  • Harald Weinfurter
    • 11
  1. 1.School of Electrical and Computer EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of EngineeringHokkai-Gakuen UniversitySapporo HokkaidoJapan
  3. 3.Institute of Computer EngineeringUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany
  4. 4.Max-Planck-Institut für QuantenoptikGarchingGermany
  5. 5.Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and TechnologyNational Institution for Academic DegreesTokyoJapan
  6. 6.Photonics InstituteVienna University of TechnologyWienAustria
  7. 7.Max-Planck-Institut für QuantenoptikGarchingGermany
  8. 8.Department of Physics and Measurement TechnologyMaterials Science Division, Linköping UniversityLinköpingSweden
  9. 9.Heinrich-Hertz-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik Berlin GmbHBerlinGermany
  10. 10.Optisches InstitutTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  11. 11.Sektion PhysikLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMünchenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b137803
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-23676-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-26628-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0342-4111
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