Best Reference Books – Advanced Concepts in Solar Cell Technologies

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Advanced Concepts In Solar Cell Technologies subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Advanced Concepts In Solar Cell Technologies along with reviews.

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1. “Silicon Solar Cells: Advanced Principles and Practice” by M Green
2. “Third Generation Photovoltaics” by M Green

“Third Generation Photovoltaics” Book Review: The book focuses on the potential third generation photovoltaic technology and the advanced energy conversion approaches for improving photovoltaic performance. It discusses all important concepts and derivations. The topics covered in the book include Energy, Efficiency and Entropy, Single Junction Cells, Tandem Cells, Hot Carrier Cells, Multiple Electron hole pair per proton, Impurity Photovoltaic and Multiband Cells etc. It includes summary after every chapter and appropriate reference for further reading. The book will be beneficial to undergraduate students studying photovoltaics and solar energy conversion as well as for researchers.

3. “The Physics of Solar Cells” by J Nelson

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“The Physics of Solar Cells” Book Review: This textbook covers the physics and technical aspects of solar cells and the science behind its applications. It starts with the basic concepts before taking on the advanced aspects. The topics covered in the book include Basic principles of PV, Electrons and Holes in Semiconductors, Generation and Recombination, Analysis of the p-n junction, microcrystalline solar cells, Thin Film Solar Cells, Managing Light, etc. There is a common exercise included at the end of the book for checking the understanding of various concepts learnt in various chapters of the book along with its solutions.

4. “Thin-film Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells: Physics and Technology” by R Brendel

“Thin-film Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells: Physics and Technology” Book Review: This textbook concentrates on the science behind thin film crystalline silicon solar cells and the technology involved in its applications. It starts with an introduction describing various kinds of crystalline solar cells and problems associated with these cells. This introduction is followed by elaborate discussions on various limitations imposed by photogeneration, radiative recombination, non-radiative recombination etc. The book also discusses advanced concepts such as quantum efficiency analysis, technological approaches to thin film cells, waffle cells from the porous Si process etc. Various conclusions are drawn in the end for summarizing the various concepts learnt and applying them to judge several significances, limitations and applications surrounding thin film solar cells.

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5. “Solar Cells: Operating Principles, Technology and System Applications” by Martin A Green

“Solar Cells: Operating Principles, Technology and System Applications” Book Review: The book primarily discusses Solar cell theory, materials, fabrication, design, modules, and systems. The focus is on single junction silicon devices, but some of the III-V semiconductors are also described. It covers the physics involved in solar cells and semiconductor properties and the generation, recombination. The book lays healthy discussions on Si solar cell technology and its application in the production of solar-quality crystals and wafers. Other concepts covered in the book include design, improvements, and device structures, alternate semiconductor materials and applications in concentrating systems, storage, and the design and construction of standalone systems and systems for residential and centralized power generation. A good background in calculus would be helpful in solving problems and understanding the examples.

6. “Transfer of the Metal Wrap Through Solar Cell Concept” by Elmar Lohmuller
7. “Physics of Solar Cells: From Basic Principles to Advanced Concepts (Physics Textbook)” by Peter Würfel

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“Physics of Solar Cells: From Basic Principles to Advanced Concepts (Physics Textbook)” Book Review: The book provides the fundamental understanding of the functioning of solar cells. It covers the basic principles and provides an understanding of the present technology and also sheds lights on possible future developments. The various topics covered in the book are, Problems of Energy Economy, Photons, Semiconductors, Conversion of thermal Radiation into Chemical Energy, Basic Structure of Solar Cells, Concepts of Improving the Efficiency of Solar Cells etc. It includes problems, solutions, references for further reading as well as a number of illustrations and examples.

8. “Materials Concepts for Solar Cells (Energy Futures)” by Dittrich

“Materials Concepts for Solar Cells (Energy Futures)” Book Review: The book provides a comprehensive introduction to materials concepts for solar cells. It focuses on both physics behind the solar cells as well as advanced concepts surrounding photovoltaic solar energy conversion. The book is divided into two parts. The first part discusses the general principles of solar cells and materials demands. The second part discusses the four classes of materials concepts for solar cells: solar cells based on crystals of silicon, epitaxial layer systems of III-V semiconductors, thin-film absorbers on foreign substrates, and nano-composite absorbers. It covers all important concepts and derivations. The book will be highly beneficial for engineering students as well as students with a background in materials science, chemistry or physics.

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9. “Solar Manufacturing: Environmental Design Concepts for Solar Modules” by Michelle Poliskie

“Solar Manufacturing: Environmental Design Concepts for Solar Modules” Book Review: The book focuses on the sustainable development concepts and provides an insight on the practical methods used by the photovoltaic companies. It starts with an introduction to various photovoltaic technologies and sustainable development. The subsequent chapter discusses the application of sustainable development metrics to photovoltaic modules and the current trends in product development to meet environment standards. The topics covered in the book include Environment Sustainability Metrics Used by the Photovoltaic Companies, Environment Regulations as Trade Barriers, Current Trends to Increase the Environment Sustainability of Photovoltaic Modules etc.

10. “Advanced Nanostructured Concepts in Solar Cells Using III-V and Silicon-Based Materials” by Som Nath Dahal

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“Advanced Nanostructured Concepts in Solar Cells Using III-V and Silicon-Based Materials” Book Review: The book focuses on the new concepts of solar cell technologies that increase the current efficiency levels. It explores the domains of advanced nanostructure concepts with existing materials such as III-V alloys, silicon and/or silicon/germanium and associated alloys, fundamental aspects of using these materials in advanced concept nanostructured solar cells, determination and prediction of optimum electronic band structures, including effects such as strain on the band structure, and the material’s opto-electronic properties etc. Various other concepts covered in the book also include advanced concept solar cells that use the QD nanostructures as absorbing medium, the band structure calculations, the prediction of optimum material combinations etc.

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