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Practical Photovoltaics: Electricity from Solar Cells

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Practical Photovoltaics, the now-classic reference on solar electricity, offers a unique combination of technical discussion and practical advice. Physicist, lecturer, and solar-home dweller Richard Komp explains the "how" and the "how-to" of PV, while providing valuable information on the industry, new developments, and the future. The book is a comprehensive guide to the ...more
Paperback, 197 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Aatec Publications (first published September 1984)
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Pjbhaumik
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Richard J. Komp’s Practical Photovoltaics became a comprehensive look inside the fundamentals of solar panel technology. Topics in this treatise included the history of photovoltaics, manufacturing processes, components, and applications. Discussions within each subject describe the standards, variations, and future direction of this technology. Komp had a productive and respectable career with some the solar panel industry’s most influential players. First hand accounts of experiments as well a ...more
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Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
well, for what it is, you really couldn't ask for more. i am very glad i put my highly abstract and equation-intensive solar book (Physics of Solar Cells) on hold to read this. chapter one lays out the underlying physics with almost no equations but with lots of good graphs and diagrams and no skimping on concepts. the rest of the book has tons of good stuff about the different candidate materials and their properties, as well as manufacturing methods and very practical info on how an actual, re ...more
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May 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Only for those really interested in photovoltaic cells. Since I'm not an engineer or scientist, the first chapter was a bit too technical. But the rest of the book was easier to comprehend. The book gives you insight into how PV cells work, the applications as well as the limitations. This 3rd revision is a few years old, so there have been other advances since then. However, it does lay a good foundation into understanding PV cells. One big revelation I came away with is the fact that hydrogen, ...more
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This is a technical book that gives Photovoltaic manufacturing concepts and then moves into practical uses and applications. You need to push through the technical to get to the practical.

Content is a bit dated but mostly relevant.
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