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Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes

The fourth edition of the acknowledged leading book on solar engineering, this volume presents the basics of solar energy, then goes on to cover the technologies used to harvest this solar energy, store it, and deliver it, including photovoltaics, solar heaters, and cells. The new edition features an added chapter discussing a simulation problem, allowing students to apply the theory to real world systems. Other simulation problems are offered via a student website and include a solar domestic hot water system, a commercial solar heating application, and a photovoltaic system for a house.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi Preface to the Third Edition xiii Preface to the Second Edition xv Preface to the First Edition xvii Introduction xxi PART I FUNDAMENTALS 1 1 Solar Radiation 3 2 Available Solar Radiation 43 3 Selected Heat Transfer Topics 138 4 Radiation Characteristics of Opaque Materials 173 5 Radiation Transmission through Glazing: Absorbed Radiation 202 6 Flat-Plate Collectors 236 7 Concentrating Collectors 322 8 Energy Storage 373 9 Solar Process Loads 409 10 System Thermal Calculations 422 11 Solar Process Economics 447 PART II APPLICATIONS 477 12 Solar Water Heating: Active and Passive 479 13 Building Heating: Active 505 14 Building Heating: Passive and Hybrid Methods 544 15 Solar Cooling 575 16 Solar Industrial Process Heat 604 17 Solar Thermal Power Systems 621 18 Solar Ponds: Evaporative Processes 635 PART III DESIGN METHODS 651 19 Simulations in Solar Process Design 653 20 Design of Active Systems: f-Chart 668 21 Design of Active Systems by Utilizability Methods 692 22 Design of Passive and Hybrid Heating Systems 711 23 Design of Photovoltaic Systems 745 24 Wind Energy 774 APPENDIXES 797 A Problems 797 B Nomenclature 856 C International System of Units 861 D Meteorological Data 863 E Average Shading Factors for Overhangs 870 Index 887

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 Emeritus of the Solar Energy Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

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