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Solar Energy: Theory, Standards & Practice, 1st Edition

  • Rodney Wiltshire
  • Chris Conto
  • Kevin Barnes
  • ISBN-10: 0840021801
  • ISBN-13: 9780840021809
  • 464 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2023 Available January 2022
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Overview

About the Product

SOLAR ENERGY: THEORY, STANDARDS & PRACTICE, First Edition provides a thorough introduction to the theory, design, installation, and maintenance of solar electric and solar thermal systems. The text opens with an overview of renewable energy systems, including key concepts, essential components, and the functionality of photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) systems. The authors then explore specific design strategies to help students apply these concepts and integrate components to engineer stable PV and CSP systems. The text also provides an up-to-date overview of current solar technology being deployed in the mainstream market, as well as evolving technology and next-generation innovations students are likely to encounter as their careers progress. References to relevant industry standards found throughout the text help students become familiar with guidelines they will need to know and follow as working professionals, including NAHB green standards, federal ETA guidelines, NABCEP exam objectives, and the 2011 National Electrical Code® (NEC®). Suitable for courses on green building, alternative energy, electrical engineering, and more, SOLAR ENERGY: THEORY, STANDARDS & PRACTICE, First Edition, is an ideal resource to prepare students for success in this dynamic, rapidly expanding field.

Features

  • Chapter material is related to real-world practices by including abundant references to relevant industry standards such as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) green standards, federal Employment and Training Administration (ETA) guidelines, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) exam objectives, and the 2011 National Electrical Code® (NEC®).

  • Provides a solid foundation for students of varied backgrounds and career interests, offering a detailed guide to the theory, technology, design, installation, and maintenance of solar energy systems, including both electric / photovoltaic (PV) and thermal / concentrating solar power (CSP) systems.

  • Ample coverage of solar technology available in today's mainstream market, as well as cutting-edge developments and future innovations, equip students for success in this rapidly evolving field.

  • Engaging, practical examples are included to provide context for key concepts, calculations, and equations, as well as numerous full-color photographs and illustrations to clarify meaning and bring chapter material to life.

  • A full suite of useful teaching and learning tools is available, including an instructor resource with lecture slides, test bank, image library, and exercise solutions; a lab manual with engaging hands-on projects to help students apply their knowledge; and online resources such as interactive activities, self-quizzes, flash cards, media clips, data sets, and applications.

About the Author

Rodney Wiltshire

Rodney Wiltshire is the founder of Wiltshire Renewable Energy Systems, LLC, a firm focused on research and development in the fields of renewable energy and sustainable engineering design. He is also the owner of Empire Solar Store, a retail business specializing in renewable and alternate energy systems and conservation appliances. Wiltshire has extensive experience designing and installing renewable energy systems and is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) to design, install, and maintain solar electric systems. In addition to his industry activity, he is an adjunct professor of photovoltaics at Hudson Valley Community College and an adjunct professor of environmental studies at Skidmore College. He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

Chris Conto

During nearly 30 years of writing for television and print, Christopher Conto has earned dozens of industry accolades, including multiple "Telly" awards and the prestigious Chancellor's Award of Excellence of the State University of New York. In addition to recognizing his clear, engaging writing style, most of his awards have been presented for outstanding work in educational applications. Conto has written and produced nearly 500 educational videos covering topics as diverse as residential construction, automotive repair, early childhood education, and skills development for the fashion industry. He has also written curriculum guides for numerous courses, presents regularly at educational training conferences, and is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Kevin Barnes

Kevin Barnes has been involved with the electrical industry for his entire adult working life, becoming a State of Michigan Master Electrician in 1987. He began his instructional career in 1997 as an adjunct instructor for Kellogg Community College and became a full time Industrial Electricity/Electronics instructor in 2006. He remains committed to helping others explore the electrical trade with his involvement in student organizations and other activities.

Table of Contents

Introduction.
1. Energy.
2. The Photo Electric Effect.
3. Batteries.
4. Safety.
5. The Solar Collector.
6. Astronomy and Angles.
7. Inverters.
8. Charge Controllers.
9. System Analysis.
10. System Design.
11. Electrical Design.
12. Mechanical Design.
13. Electrical Construction.
14. Mechanical Construction.
15. Commissioning and Maintenance.
16. Finances.
17. The Future.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 084002181X | ISBN-13: 9780840021816)

The Instructor Resources include PowerPoint presentations for each core textbook chapter, computerized test bank, Instructor's Manual, and other text-specific resources on CD.

Instructor's Companion Web Site  (ISBN-10: 1133596932 | ISBN-13: 9781133596936)

The instructor Companion Website serves as an instructional resource and provides teaching tips or guidelines, essay questions, answers to review and test questions, key objectives, glossary, appendices and exercises for content reinforcement.

Smart Grid Home  (ISBN-10: 1111318514 | ISBN-13: 9781111318512)

Practical and reader-friendly, the SMART GRID HOME explains how the average homeowner can adapt and retrofit an existing residence to take advantage of the energy and cost saving technology now available as part of the development of the Smart Grid. Topics covered include reducing home energy consumption by eliminating heat loss and heat transfer, reducing the power-on time of electronics and other power equipment without loss of convenience, automating home electrical systems to maximize energy conservation, evaluating electrical devices for energy efficiency, developing energy conservation strategies for replacing inefficient appliances, and timing the use of electricity in the home to save both energy and money. Throughout each chapter, the reader is provided with the information needed to take advantage of utility and government incentive programs to offset some or all of the cost. Coverage also includes the selection and installation of renewable energy source electrical generating systems such as photovoltaic solar generating systems, solar water heating systems, and wind turbine generating systems. In addition, the book describes how these home-based renewable energy systems can be connected to the smart grid so that the homeowner will be paid by the public utility.

Student Supplements

Smart Grid Home  (ISBN-10: 1111318514 | ISBN-13: 9781111318512)

Practical and reader-friendly, the SMART GRID HOME explains how you can adapt and retrofit an existing residence to take advantage of the energy and cost saving technology now available as part of the development of the Smart Grid. Topics covered include reducing home energy consumption by eliminating heat loss and heat transfer, reducing the power-on time of electronics and other power equipment without loss of convenience, automating home electrical systems to maximize energy conservation, evaluating electrical devices for energy efficiency, developing energy conservation strategies for replacing inefficient appliances, and timing the use of electricity in the home to save both energy and money. Throughout each chapter the information needed to take advantage of utility and government incentive programs to offset some or all of the cost is provided. Coverage also includes the selection and installation of renewable energy source electrical generating systems such as photovoltaic solar generating systems, solar water heating systems, and wind turbine generating systems. In addition, the book describes how these home-based renewable energy systems can be connected to the smart grid so that as a homeowner, you will be paid by the public utility.