Advances in Solar Energy

An Annual Review of Research and Development, Volume 1 · 1982

  • Karl W. Böer
  • John A. Duffie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Raymond J. Bahm
    Pages 1-18
  3. H. W. Stokes, S. K. Picataggio, D. E. Eveleigh
    Pages 113-132
  4. James I. Lerner, Horst Selzer
    Pages 175-188
  5. C. Byron Winn
    Pages 209-240
  6. John I. Yellott
    Pages 241-263
  7. J. Douglas Balcomb
    Pages 265-304
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 305-311

About this book


The field of solar energy conversion has become an important discipline with a recognized potential to significantly contribute to the world supply of energy. It is diversified and encompasses a wide variety of disciplines - from mechanical engineering to physics, from biology to architecture, from ocean science to agriculture, from chemistry to atmospheric science, to name some of the major fields. It involves fields which have matured to the engineering aspects, such as the conversion of solar energy into heat or of wind into shaft work. It includes other fields in which more basic science research is necessary to unravel the micro-structures of nature, as, for example, for photovoltaic conversion or for certain bioengineering tasks. Several of these fields have elements which have been common knowledge for centuries but sometimes forgotten at times of cheap energy supplies, while others have barely started with first studies. Most of the fields have seen during the last decade a substantial advance in sophistication, in theoretical understanding, in demonstrated feasibility, in developing hardware, in field testing, with some moving into a phase of initial commercialization.


agriculture architecture bioengineering chemistry energy conversion engine mechanical engineering nature ocean science solar cell solar energy structure structures wind

Editors and affiliations

  • Karl W. Böer
    • 1
  • John A. Duffie
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Delaware and SES, Inc.NewarkUSA
  2. 2.University of Wisconsin at MadisonMadisonUSA

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