- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: CRC Press; 3rd edition (February 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439802920
- ISBN-13: 978-1439802922
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Roger Messenger is professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a Registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Electrical Contractor, and a NABCEP Certified PV Installer, who enjoys working on a field installation as much as he enjoys teaching a class or working on the design of a system or contemplating the theory of operation of a system. His research work has ranged from electrical noise in gas discharge tubes to deep impurities in silicon to energy conservation. He worked on the development and promulgation of the original Code for Energy Efficiency in Building Construction in Florida and has conducted extensive field studies of energy consumption and conservation in buildings and swimming pools. Since his retirement from Florida Atlantic University in 2005, he has worked as vice president for engineering at VB Engineering, Inc., in Boca Raton. The VB Engineering team has completed several hundred PV designs to date, including the design of the 5808-module, 4-acre, 1 MW system on the roof of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. He has also been active in the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association and the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy, has served as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Energy, and has sat on the Florida Solar Energy Center Policy Advisory Board. He has conducted numerous seminars on designing, installing, and inspecting PV systems.
Jerry Ventre is a consultant in photovoltaic systems engineering, specializing in system design, product certification, and workforce development. For 25 years, he led the photovoltaic and distributed power programs at the Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central Florida. During that time, he also managed the Photovoltaic Southeast Regional Experimentation Station for the U.S. Department of Energy. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and has more than 35 years of experience in research, development, design, and systems analysis. He served on the aerospace engineering faculties of both the University of Cincinnati and the University of Central Florida, is a Registered Professional Engineer, and, among many courses, taught photovoltaic systems at the graduate level. He has designed solid rocket motors and jet engines for the Advanced Engine Technology Department of the General Electric Company, and has performed research for numerous agencies, including NASA, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Navy, the FAA, and the U.S. Department of Energy. He has over 150 technical publications, has been active in technical societies, and has been the recipient of a number of awards for contributions to engineering and engineering education.
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First off, it is written for professional engineers and/or graduate students. It assumes you already know/remember a lot of trigonometry and the basics of electricity and physics. If you're looking for an introduction or how-to manual for installing PV, this is NOT it. As stated in the description, this book goes into great depth of the WHY and HOW everything works, down to the chemistry of how a battery charges/discharges. It is very thorough. Also, nothing is dumbed down. They do not try to make it easy to read. Which is not a bad thing in my mind, just letting everyone know.
I don't have an engineering background, but I'm still working through it, with LOTS of help from the web. When I'm done, I'll definitely have a good understanding of everything (if I make it) covered in the book.
Lastly, you can't preview the book or see the table of contents, so I thought I'd quickly add them here at the bottom, just so people know what is covered.
Ch 1 - Background
Ch 2 - The Sun
Ch 3 - Introduction to PV Systems
Ch 4 - Grid-Connected Utility-Interactive PV Systems
Ch 5 - Mechanical Considerations
Ch 6 - Battery-Backup Grid-Connected PV Systems
Ch 7 - Stand-Alone PV Systems
Ch 8 - Economic Considerations
Ch 9 -Externalities and Photovoltaics
Ch 10 - The Physics of PV Cells
Ch 11 - Present and Proposed PV Cells and Systems
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2. Messy equations
3. He kinda tell you about the projects he did, sometimes it's not necessary