Contemporary World Issues: Solar Energy: A Reference Handbook

Editor/Author Newton, David E.
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Single-User Purchase Price: $60.00
Unlimited-User Purchase Price: $90.00
ISBN: 978-1-61-069695-1
Category: Social Sciences - Contemporary Issues & Controversies
Image Count: 7
Book Status: Available
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This book provides an in-depth description of the ways solar power has been used for at least 2,000 years. It outlines how humankind has utilized various forms of energy from the sun by way of photovoltaic cells, concentrating or focusing solar power, active and passive solar heating, and other mechanisms; and provides perspectives on today's solar energy issues from a variety of subject experts.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • 1 Background and History
  • Solar Energy: The Early History
  • Sun Worship
  • Passive Solar Heating Systems
  • Other Uses of Solar Energy
  • A Solar Renaissance?
  • An Age of Solar Power?
  • The Development of Photovoltaic Power
  • Solar Energy in the Twentieth Century
  • Technical Progress
  • Solar Energy on the Upswing
  • Solar Energy: The Bottom Falls Out
  • Implementing Solar Power
  • An Introduction to Solar Technology
  • Space Heating and Cooling (SHC)
  • Photovoltaic Cells (PVC)
  • Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)
  • Thin-Film and Hybrid Systems
  • Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP)
  • Solar Energy Uses
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • 2 Problems, Controversies, and Solutions
  • Solar Energy Worldwide
  • Problems Facing the Solar Industry
  • Storage of Solar Energy
  • Residential PV Solar
  • Commercial Solar Storage
  • Environmental Issues
  • Solar Cell Manufacture
  • Solar Cell End-of-Life
  • Land Use
  • Mitigation Technologies
  • Water Use
  • Other Environmental Effects
  • Net Environmental Effects
  • Economic Issues
  • Federal Subsidies
  • Tax Credits for Solar: A Different View
  • State Programs
  • The Role of Big Business
  • The Pros and Cons of Solar Energy
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • Public Opinion about Solar Energy
  • Solar Power Today
  • The Future of Solar Power
  • References
  • 3 Perspectives
  • Introduction
  • Distributed and Utility-Scale Solar Power: Brian Angliss
  • The Value of Solar-Powered Cars: Steven Antalics
  • Solar Energy—Thermal versus PV: Jim Conca
  • The SolaRoad Project: Gina Hagler
  • Solar Financing: Adam Johnston
  • Current Limitations in Solar Energy and Solutions for the Future: Yoo Jung Kim
  • Artificial Photosynthesis: David Latchman
  • Mimicking Photosynthesis
  • Water Oxidation
  • Reducing Carbon Dioxide to Create Fuels
  • The Future of Artificial Photosynthesis
  • Solar Energy for Remote and Rural Areas: Abhishek Rao
  • References
  • 4 Profiles
  • Introduction
  • William Grylls Adams (1836–1915)
  • Archimedes of Syracuse (ca. 287 BCE–ca. 212 BCE)
  • American Council on Renewable Energy
  • American Solar Energy Society
  • Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel (1820–1891)
  • Jimmy Carter (1924–)
  • Jan Czochralski (1885–1953)
  • HoraceBénédict de Saussure (1740–1799)
  • Peter Glaser (1923–2014)
  • International Energy Agency
  • International Solar Energy Society
  • Augustin Mouchot (1825–1912)
  • Elon Musk (1971–)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Russell S. Ohl (1898–1987)
  • Stanford R. Ovshinsky (1922–2012)
  • Frank Shuman (1862–1918)
  • Willoughby Smith (1828–1891)
  • Solar Electric Power Association
  • Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Robert Stirling (1790–1878)
  • U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
  • Women in Solar Energy
  • Hans K. Ziegler (1911–1999)
  • 5 Data and Documents
  • Introduction
  • Data
  • Table 5.1. Production of Solar Power in the United States, 1989–2011
  • Table 5.2. Solar Energy Consumption, Residential, 1989–2011
  • Table 5.3. Electric Power Consumption, 1989–2011
  • Table 5.4. Total Solar Energy Production in the United States, 1989–2011
  • Table 5.5. End Use for Solar Thermal Collector Shipments, 2001–2009
  • Table 5.6. Average Price of Photovoltaic Cells and Modules, 2003–2012
  • Table 5.7. Future Scenario for Solar Power as Total of World Electrical Consumption
  • Table 5.8. Funding Opportunities for Solar Energy from the Federal Government
  • Table 5.9. Commercial CSP Plants Installed Worldwide, as of December 2010
  • Documents
  • The Heliocaminus and Solar Rights (529–534)
  • Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-617)
  • Energy Tax Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-618)
  • California Solar Power Law (1978)
  • New Hampshire Solar Easement Law (1985)
  • Sher v. Leiderman (1986)
  • Palos Verdes Homes Association v. Rodman, 182 Cal. App. 3d 324, 324–329 (1986)
  • Energy Policy Act of 1992 (P.L. 102-486)
  • American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (P.L. 108–357)
  • Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-58) (2005)
  • Solar Energy Farm Use and Potential in the U.S. (2011)
  • SZ Enterprises, LLC d/b/a Eagle Point Solar v. Iowa Utilities Board, et al. (2014)
  • Occupations in Solar Power (2015)
  • 6 Resources for Further Research
  • Introduction
  • Books
  • Articles
  • Reports
  • Internet Sources
  • 7 Chronology
  • Glossary
  • About the Author