Milestones of Solar Conversion and Photovoltaics

  • V. Petrova-KochEmail author
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 140)


  • Seventh century BC: In ancient Egypt the houses were built so that the solar radiation could be collected during the day and used during the night.

  • Fifth century BC: The Greeks oriented their houses so that they could receive solar energy in the wintertime to heat the buildings.

  • Third century BC: Archimedes used mirrors to reflect direct sun radiation and to defend Syracuse from invasion by the Romans.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Gate-EastGarchingGermany

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