Best Reference Books – Solar Photovoltaic, Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications

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We have compiled a list of Best Reference Books on Solar Photovoltaic, Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications Subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges.

Here is the full list of best reference books on Solar Photovoltaic, Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications.

We have put a lot of effort into researching the best books for reference on this subject and came out with a recommended list of best books. The table below contains a review of these books and links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

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1. “Semiconductors for Solar Cells” by H J Moller

“Semiconductors for Solar Cells” Book Review: The textbook covers fundamentals of solar cells including its physics, material science and technology. It contains problems for a better understanding of the relationship between the various aspects of solar cells technology. Various chapters covered in the book include Recombination at Surfaces and Dislocations, Absorption of Light in Semiconductors, Fundamental Material Parameters, Structural and Electrical Properties of Lattice Defects, Atomic Structure and Electronic States etc. This textbook can cater to students as well as scientists and engineers in the field of semiconductor physics, materials science and solar technology.

2. “Solid State Electronic Devices” by Ben G Streetman

“Solid State Electronic Devices” Book Review: This textbook caters to the students in the field of electronic engineering and related fields right from first year. The book aims at developing the basic semiconductor physics concepts and strengthens the understanding of current technology and its applications to various electronics devices. The book spans over a wide variety of topics such as Crystal Properties and Growth of Semiconductors, Atoms and Electrons, Energy Bands and Charge Carriers in Semiconductors, Excess Carriers in Semiconductors, Junctions, Field-Effect Transistors, Bipolar Junction Transistors, Optoelectronic Devices, Integrated Circuits, High-Frequency and High-Power Devices etc. The appendices of the book provides further reading on Properties of Semiconductor Materials, Derivation of the Density of States in the Conduction Band, Diffusivities of Dopants in Si and SiO2 etc. The book also contains problem exercises with solutions.

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

“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.

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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.

5. “Clean Electricity from Photovoltaics” by M D Archer and R Hill

“Clean Electricity from Photovoltaics” Book Review: The textbook focuses on underlying science, technology and market prospects for photovoltaics. The book is updated with the current market and technological trends such as advances in multi-crystalline silicon cell efficiencies, large scale power production of organic photovoltaics etc. The book spans over topics such as Thin-Film Solar Cells Based on Amorphous and Microcrystalline Silicon, Photovoltaic Modules, Systems and Applications, Polycrystalline Cadmium Telluride Photovoltaic Devices, Dye- and Perovskite-Sensitised Mesoscopic Solar Cells, The Photovoltaic Business: Manufacturers and Markets etc. The book can cater to physicists, chemists, material scientists, engineers as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students.

6. “Solar Photovoltaics – Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications” by Solanki C S

“Solar Photovoltaics – Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications” Book Review: This book focuses on the growing technology of solar photovoltaics, covering its fundamentals, technologies as well as applications. The textbook is divided into three elaborate parts namely, Solar Cell Fundamentals, Solar cell Technologies and Photovoltaic Applications. These three parts cover all the concepts surrounding solar photovoltaics, from basics to advance. Each part contains several chapters, review questions, solutions and references for further reading. The book provides a comprehensive view of solar photovoltaics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

7. “Photovoltaic Solar Energy: From Fundamentals to Applications” by Angèle Reinders and Pierre Verlinden

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“Photovoltaic Solar Energy: From Fundamentals to Applications” Book Review: This book covers A to Z of photovoltaic solar energy, from fundamentals to applications. The book is a culmination of various concepts discussed elaborately through a total of thirteen parts namely, Introduction to Photovoltaics, Basic Functional Principles of Photovoltaics, Crystalline Silicon Technologies, Chalcogenide Thin Film Solar Cells, Thin Film Silicon Based PV Technologies, Organic Photovoltaics, Characterization and Measurement Methods, PV Concentrator Technologies, Space Technologies, PV Modules and Manufacturing, PV Systems and Applications, PV Deployments in Distribution Grids and Supporting Methods and Tools. The book will be beneficial to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Photovoltaic Solar Energy: From Fundamentals to Applications
8. “Practical Handbook of Photovoltaics: Fundamentals and Applications” by Augustin McEvoy and Tom Markvart

“Practical Handbook of Photovoltaics: Fundamentals and Applications” Book Review: This detailed informative textbook is a culmination of contributions by various top scientists from across the world. The book is divided into four major parts namely, Solar Cells, Photovoltaic Systems, Testing, Monitoring and Calibration and Environment and Health. Each part is further divided into various subparts making it a total of thirty seven chapters covering a wide variety of topics, from fundamentals of solar cells to industrial processes, from molecular photovoltaics to system modelling and from installation guidelines to environment and architecture. The book is of immense benefits to both engineering students and practicing engineers alike.

9. “Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications” by Solar Energy International

“Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications” Book Review: This textbook serves as a ready reference or rather a handbook on core concepts of Photovoltaic Fundamentals with in depth explanations on design and installation of photovoltaic systems. The textbook covers topics such as Overview of Photovoltaics and the Solar Industry, Series and Parallel Connections with Modules, Safe Procedures for Installation and Commissioning, Safely Installing and Commissioning Grid-Direct Systems, accurate estimation of energy production to meet customer expectations for grid-direct systems etc. The book offers a practical take on various industrial practices and processes with the help of extensive examples, interviews with industry experts and pictures of real world installations.

10. “Photovoltaics: Fundamentals, Technology and Practice” by Konrad Mertens

“Photovoltaics: Fundamentals, Technology and Practice” Book Review: This textbook gives a comprehensive overview of photovoltaic technology, from its fundamentals to its applications and industrial practices. The book features worldwide data and information in the form of figures, tables and solar radiation maps. It aims at international readership and keeps up with the fast developing photovoltaic market and technology. The book also has a supporting website where free downloads are available for supporting software and problems and solutions provided in the book. Several topics such as storage of solar power, future developments, cell technologies and basics of semiconductor physics have been covered in the book.

People who are searching for Free downloads of books and free pdf copies of these books – “Semiconductors for Solar Cells” by H J Moller, “Solid State Electronic Devices” by Ben G Streetman, “The Physics of Solar Cells” by J Nelson, “Thin-film Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells: Physics and Technology” by R Brendel, “Clean Electricity from Photovoltaics” by M D Archer and R Hill, “Solar Photovoltaics – Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications” by Solanki C S, “Photovoltaic Solar Energy: From Fundamentals to Applications” by Angèle Reinders and Pierre Verlinden, “Practical Handbook of Photovoltaics: Fundamentals and Applications” by Augustin McEvoy and Tom Markvart, “Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications” by Solar Energy International, “Photovoltaics: Fundamentals, Technology and Practice” by Konrad Mertens – we would like to mention that we don’t have free downloadable pdf copies of these good books and one should look for free pdf copies from these Authors only if they have explicitly made it free to download and read them.

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