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Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes Hardcover – August 25, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0471698678 ISBN-10: 0471698679 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (August 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471698679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471698678
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The updated, cornerstone engineering resource of solar energy theory and applicationsSolar technologies already provide energy for heat, light, hot water, electricity, and cooling for homes, businesses, and industry. Because solar energy only accounts for one-tenth of a percent of primary energy demand, relatively small increases in market penetration can lead to very rapid growth rates in the industry—which is exactly what has been projected for coming years as the world moves away from carbon-based energy production. Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, Third Edition provides the latest thinking and practices for engineering solar technologies and using them in various markets.

This Third Edition of the acknowledged leading book on solar engineering features:

  • Complete coverage of basic theory, systems design, and applications
  • Updated material on such cutting-edge topics as photovoltaics and wind power systems
  • New homework problems and exercises

About the Author

John A. Duffie (deceased) was Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering and past Director of the Solar Energy Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

William A. Beckman is the Ouweneel-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Solar Energy Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The second edition of "Solar Engineering..." is a much expanded and updated version of the original, which was already a decent textbook. It covers almost everything there is to know about engineering of solar energy systems, and the presentation is clear and well organized. The division into "basics" and "applications" sections is a very sensible way to get oriented before plunging into the depth of a specific technology, especially since solar thermal applications tend to cover a wide variety of technologies. The gradual and systematic approach makes this book a very good textbook for beginners. The wide scope makes it also a pretty good reference source for practitioners who are looking for a specific bit of information.
The new chapter on photovoltaic cells is a nice touch. While this is not a "thermal process," it is still important for any practitioner of solar thermal to know what's happening in the other corner of the field. A presentation of PV at the level that can be understood by non-physicists is a very welcome addition.
My only complaint is that recent significant developments are not well represented (I guess much of this developed after the book was written, so this complaint is not really aimed at the authors). Topics such as non-imaging concentrators, high-temperature thermal receivers for Brayton cycle, and solar chemistry are either briefly mentioned or absent altogether. The more traditional applications such DHW are of course presented in detail, but their significance to the energy market remains negligible. I would prefer to see more on applications that have the potential to make a major impact. Hopefully this will be included in the next edition...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Goode on January 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sure, its technical. But anyone with a college level understanding of physics and science should be fine. Thanks to this book, I was able to deal with the engineers that 'energized' my barns. Maybe bit pricey, but this was an excellent investment for me and turned out to be a useful resource for the contractor I hired. Wiley books are rarely inexpensive, but always top value. I just bought some of their stock - which is one way to take some of the sting out of the price.
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By Daniel Brodmerkle on February 13, 2014
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Bought this as a required textbook for my solar engineering class. There is a lot of informative information in this textbook and explains solar concepts pretty well.
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This book is extremely useful for beginners in solar thermal technology. It covers from design of a solar thermal systems to analysis. Amazon's service was great. I received the book as described and I'm happy to have got this book through amazon.
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By jigaib on September 25, 2013
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Book was received in pretty good condition. Had some wear on it, but that is to be expected from a used book. Didn't end up using this book very much for the class, however it served as a good reference and will likely serve as a reference to me in industry.
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By Devil Dawger on July 29, 2013
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I knew nothing about solar panels prior to this and this book helped me learn a great deal. However, one thing I disagree with a little in the book is how detailed it gets on some parts, mainly when it starts talking about the make up of the coatings on solar panels in such chemistry language. With that in mind though, you can easily just skip that chapter and no harm no foul
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By Bingagain24 on January 30, 2013
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As far as textbooks go the reading is dry as usual but there are several options presented for modeling solar radiation of varying difficulty. Info ranges from graphs to give intuition about changes in solar collector tilt to numerical models that would take 10 minutes just to punch in all the numbers. Quite information intensive as it should be.
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A very well written book that covers the entire field of solar thermal applications.
From the very basic concepts on the position of the sun, to the more applicative research on modeling and characterization of different solar collectors and concentrators.
Thanks to the experience of the authors, a very large section is dedicated to the study of PTC (parabolic through concentrators).

It is a must for people who address the field for the first time.
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