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Solar Energy Engineering Processes and Systems (Free PDF)

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The origin and continuation of humankind is based on solar energy. The most basic processes supporting life on earth, such as photosynthesis and the rain cycle, are driven by solar energy. From the very beginning of its history humankind realized that a good use of solar energy is in humankind’s benefit. Despite this, only recently, during the last 40 years, has solar energy been harnessed with specialized equipment and used as an alternative source of energy, mainly because it is free and does not harm the environment.

The original idea for writing this book came after a number of my review papers were published in the journal Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. The purpose of this book is to give undergraduate and postgraduate students and engineers a resource on the basic principles and applications of solar energy systems and processes. The book can be used as part of a complete two-semester junior or senior engineering course on solar thermal systems. In the first semester, the general chapters can be taught in courses such as introduction to solar energy or introduction to renewable sources of energy. This can be done by selecting only the descriptive parts of the various chapters and omitting most of the mathematical details, which can be included in the course for more advanced students. The prerequisites for the second part are, at least, introductory courses in thermodynamics and heat transfer. The book can also be used as a reference guide to practicing engineers who want to understand how solar systems operate and how to design the systems. Because the book includes a number of solved examples, it can also be used for self-study. The international system of units (SI) is used exclusively in the book.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Environmental Characteristics
Chapter 3: Solar Energy Collectors
Chapter 4: Performance of Solar Collectors
Chapter 5: Solar Water Heating Systems
Chapter 6: Solar Space Heating and Cooling
Chapter 7: Industrial Process Heat, Chemistry Applications, and Solar Dryers
Chapter 8: Solar Desalination Systems
Chapter 9: Photovoltaic Systems
Chapter 10: Solar Thermal Power Systems
Chapter 11: Designing and Modeling Solar Energy Systems
Chapter 12: Solar Economic Analysis
Appendix 1: Nomenclature
Appendix 2: Definitions
Appendix 3: Sun Diagrams
Appendix 4: Terrestrial Spectral Irradiance
Appendix 5: Thermophysical Properties of Materials
Appendix 6: Equations for the Curves of Figures 3.34 to 3.36
Appendix 7: Meteorological Data
Appendix 8: Present Worth Factors

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"Soteris A. Kalogirou"

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