Solar Energy Fundamentals

  • Eduardo F. CamachoEmail author
  • Manuel Berenguel
  • Francisco R. Rubio
  • Diego Martínez
Part of the Advances in Industrial Control book series (AIC)


The use of renewable energy, such as solar energy, experienced a great impulse during the second half of the 1970s just after the first big oil crisis. At that time, economic issues were the most important factor and so interest in these types of processes decreased when oil prices fell. There is renewed interest in the use of renewable energies nowadays, driven by the need of reducing the high environmental impact produced by the use of fossil energy systems.

The chapter briefly describes solar radiation fundamentals, the main ways of collecting solar energy and related technologies and a description of the solar plants of the Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA, South-East Spain), which are used as test-bed plants in the text.


Solar Irradiance Heat Transfer Fluid Thermal Storage Concentrate Solar Power Solar Furnace 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduardo F. Camacho
    • 1
    Email author
  • Manuel Berenguel
    • 2
  • Francisco R. Rubio
    • 1
  • Diego Martínez
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática, Escuela Superior de IngenierosUniversidad de SevillaSevilleSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Lenguajes y Computación, Escuela Superior de IngenieríaUniversidad de AlmeríaAlmeríaSpain
  3. 3.Plataforma Solar de Almería, Centro Europeo de Ensayos de Energía SolarCIEMATTabernasSpain

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