Mechanical Engineering

Solar Energy
Application, Economics, and Public Perception

Editor: Muyiwa Adaramola, PhD

Solar Energy

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: November 2014
Hardback Price: $149.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771880909
E-Book ISBN: 978-1-4987-1096-1
Pages: 408 pp with index
Binding Type: hardbound

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

Due to climate change, the rise in energy demand, and issues of energy security, more and more countries are being forced to reexamine their energy policies and looking toward more renewable sources of energy. Solar power is expected to play a significant role in the changing face of energy economies, due in a large part to the recent technological advances in the field and the significant decrease in cost.

The current volume serves as an overview to these advances and examines the current state of solar power from a variety of angles. The various sections of the book cover the following topics:
  • an overview of hybrid solar energy systems,
  • solar energy and conservation,
  • current solar energy technologies,
  • the economics of solar power, and
  • public perceptions of solar energy
This easily accessible reference volume offers a comprehensive guide to this rapidly expanding field. Edited by Muyiwa Adaramola, a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology whose research focuses both on wind and solar energy, Solar Energy: Application, Economics, and Public Perception is an authoritative and easy-to-use reference, ideal for both researchers in the field and students who wish to gain an overview of this important and wide-ranging topic.

Part I: Overview
1. Hybrid Solar: A Review on Photovoltaic and Thermal Power Integration
T. T. Chow, G. N. Tiwari, and C. Menezo

Part II: Solar Energy and Conservation
2. An Approach to Enhance the Conservation-Compatibility of Solar Energy Development
D. Richard Cameron, Brian S. Cohen, and Scott A. Morrison

Part III: Solar Technology
3. Carbon Nanotube Solar Cells
Colin Klinger, Yogeshwari Patel, and Henk W. Ch. Postma
4. Enabling Greater Penetration of Solar Power via the Use of CSP with Thermal Energy Storage
Paul Denholm and Mark Mehos
5. Viability of Grid-Connected Solar PV Energy System in Jos, Nigeria
Muyiwa S. Adaramola
6. Passive Cooling Technology for Photovoltaic Panels for Domestic Houses
Shenyi Wu and Chenguang Xiong

Part IV: Solar Energy Economics
7. A Review of Solar Energy Markets, Economics and Policies
Govinda R. Timilsina, Lado Kurdgelashvili, and Patrick A. Narbel
8. Economical Evaluation of Large-Scale Photovoltaic Systems Using Universal Generating Function Techniques
Yi Ding , Weixiang Shen, Gregory Levitin, Peng Wang, Lalit Goel, and Qiuwei Wu
9. Simulating the Value of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage in a Production Cost Model
Paul Denholm and Marissa Hummon
10. The Place of Solar Power: An Economic Analysis of Concentrated and Distributed Solar Power
Vanessa Arellano Banoni, Aldo Arnone, Maria Fondeur, Annabel Hodge, J. Patrick Offner, and Jordan K. Phillips

Part V: Public Perceptions of Solar Energy
11. Excerpt from: Community Response to Concentrating Solar Power in the San Luis Valley
B.C. Farhar, L.M. Hunter, T.M. Kirkland, and K.J. Tierney
12. The Promotion of Domestic Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Electricity Production Through Social Learning
Greg Hampton and Simon Eckermann

About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Muyiwa Adaramola, PhD
Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway

Dr. Muyiwa S. Adaramola earned his BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, respectively. He received his PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Canada. He has worked as a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, focusing on wind energy, wind turbine performance and wind turbine wake. Currently, Dr. Adaramola is an Associate Professor in Renewable Energy at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway.

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