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Physics of Solar Cells: From Basic Principles to Advanced Concepts [Paperback]

Peter Würfel
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March 23, 2009 3527408576 978-3527408573 1
Based on the highly regarded and extremely successful first edition, this thoroughly revised, updated and expanded edition contains the latest knowledge on the mechanisms of solar energy conversion.
The textbook describes in detail all aspects of solar cell function, the physics behind every single step, as well as all the issues to be considered when improving solar cells and their efficiency.
Requiring no more than standard physics knowledge, the book enables both students and researchers to understand the factors driving conversion efficiency and to apply this knowledge to their own solar cell development.
New exercises after each chapter help students to consolidate their freshly acquired knowledge, while the book also serves as a reference for researchers already working in this exciting and challenging field.

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"…a fresh perspective on the physics and theory of converting solar energy into electricity." (MRS Bulletin, February 2007)

"Anybody interested in learning the fundamentals of solar cells will benefit greatly from reading this book. The book also serves as a reference for researchers working already in this exciting and challenging field." (Advanced Materials) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Based on the highly regarded first edition, this thoroughly revised, updated and expanded edition contains the latest knowledge on the mechanisms of solar energy conversion.
The textbook describes in detail all aspects of solar cell function, the physics behind every single step, as well as all the issues to be considered when improving solar cells and their efficiency.
Requiring no more than standard physics knowledge, the book enables both students and researchers to understand the factors driving conversion efficiency and to apply this knowledge to their own solar cell development.
New exercises after each chapter help students to consolidate their freshly acquired knowledge, while the book also serves as a reference for researchers already working in this exciting and challenging field.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH; 1 edition (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3527408576
  • ISBN-13: 978-3527408573
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book on photovoltaics June 13, 2012
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Writing a comprehensive book on existing photovoltaic (PV) systems is almost impossible due to the large literature present nowadays. However the basic physics underlying PV conversion relies on a limited number of concepts and physical processes, most of which are very subtle and often misunderstood in the PV literature. The Author does a fantastic job at presenting the physical processes involved in PV, with great care and conciseness, physical insight, and convincing thermodynamic and kinetic models. I've read this book cover to cover and absolutely enjoyed and learned a great deal from it.

The main topics treated in the book are:
- blackbody physics and solar radiation
- thermodynamic limits for sunlight conversion
- absorption in semiconductors and carrier transport
- overview of current PV technologies
- strategies to circumvent the Schockley-Quisser (SQ) limit

The book is not entirely up to date for what concerns recent efficiency records and types of excitonic and non-excitonic solar cells, but this knowledge can be gained by reading recent reviews and is not the focus of this text, which really aims at presenting the basic concepts in an accurate way. The only remarks I have is that the SQ limit could be presented in a clearer way, the chapter on transport could be made a bit shorter, and that more material could be presented on excitonic solar cells.
Device architectures and materials will change, but most of the relevant fundamental concepts are contained in this book, which prepares well the reader to understand the literature and perform research in this fascinating field.

*Overall this book is a real gem anyone interested in photovoltaics should own!*
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best PV Cell Textbook June 17, 2011
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This book explains the most important concepts in an elegant way and derives all important equations step by step that is very easy to follow. Very practical and useful for both students and engineers in PV field. This is an excellent and well written classical textbook as well as reference book for anyone who is interested in PV cells. A must have book for PV engineers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good February 23, 2014
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I have Japanese translation of this text . I want to check some misprints or inaccurate parts in the Japanese text.
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