Photovoltaic Systems Engineering

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by: Roger A. Messenger, Jerry Ventre

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Thoroughly updated, the second edition of this best-seller presents a comprehensive engineering basis for photovoltaic (PV) system design and presents the 'what, why, and how' associated with electrical, mechanical, economic, and aesthetic aspects of PV system design. Using a modified top-down approach, the authors offer a presentation that provides a quick exposure to all of the building blocks of the PV system. They then provide detailed design examples from practical systems, explaining why certain PV designs are done in certain ways, including economic and environmental issues, and how to implement the design. Mastering the contents of this book gives readers the judgement needed to make intelligent decisions.

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Text presents an engineering basis for PV system and design. Provides exposure to all system building blocks; examines the hows and whys of the electrical, mechanical, economic, and aesthetic aspects of PV system design; why certain designs are done in certain ways; and how the design process is implemented. Previous ed: c2000. DLC: Photovoltaic power systems.


As with the first edition, this update by Messenger and Ventre is very well suited for a one-semester upper division course in EE or Engineering Technology, or for self study if one knows basic electric (mainly DC) circuit theory. As the title suggests, it's an applications-oriented book, with semiconductor physics (appropriately) relegated to the last two chapters. There are very few derivatives or integrals in the text, and basic algebra is sufficient for the end-of-chapter exercises. Reading 20 pages per day and answering a dozen or so questions from the exercises will get the self-study student through the text in less than a month. PSE is also one of the few books recommended by the NABCEP for the Solar PV Installer Certification Exam. There are a number of excellent PV physics books available today, but this is the only complete and up-to-date systems engineering text I know of.

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