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Principles of Solar Engineering, Third Edition

By D. Yogi Goswami

CRC Press – 2015 – 820 pages

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An Engineering-Based Survey of Modern Solar Energy Concepts and Practical Applications

Reflecting major developments in solar energy since the publication of the last edition, Principles of Solar Engineering, Third Edition follows the changes in energy policies that have led to the rapid growth of solar energy systems. This latest edition focuses on the fundamentals and the design of systems for various applications including building, heating and cooling, industrial process heat, electric power plants (including PV and CSP), and environmental systems.

What’s New in the Third Edition:

The third edition introduces new topics that include organic and dye sensitized solar cells in the photovoltaics chapter, advanced thermodynamic power cycles such as supercritical CO2 cycle and information on design software packages. The chapters on solar radiation and solar thermal collectors have been completely changed. Because of its increased importance, solar thermal power is covered in much more depth than in the previous edition.

The book contains increased coverage of high temperature thermal storage for CSP in the chapter for energy storage and transport. It changes many end-of-chapter problems, provides examples and problems for both northern and southern hemispheres and countries around the world, includes a solutions manual, and revises the retained material. A significant change in the new edition is the addition of economic analysis in the first chapter, which includes a number of solved examples, and allows the students to analyze the applications in the later chapters from an economic stand point.

Designed to be both a textbook and a reference, this work:

  • Introduces the global energy situation and addresses changes taking place in the distribution of available energy resources
  • Covers concentrating and nonconcentrating solar thermal collectors in much more depth than before
  • Highlights the latest developments in collector materials as well as new correlations for heat transfer and thermal performance analysis
  • Explores thermal energy storage, new developments, including materials, analysis, and design
  • Examines CSP and PV power, and outlines what students need to learn for future upcoming developments in these areas
  • Provides in detail solar central receiver systems, commonly known as power towers, including the design of a solar heliostat field, receiver/absorber, and higher temperature thermodynamic power cycles
  • Details the latest developments in thin film solar cells
  • Presents environmental applications of solar energy

Principles of Solar Engineering, Third Edition addresses the need for solar resource assessment, and highlights improvements and advancements involving photovoltaics and solar thermal technologies, grid power, and energy storage.


"The book is an excellent source of high quality information on current and advanced technological topics on solar energy. I intend to upgrade the textbook for my solar energy classes, by replacing the current 2nd edition with the 3rd edition of this book."

—Charles Cohn, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

"This is a book written by one of the prominent experts in solar engineering. The treatment of the design and analysis of solar thermal heating and power generating systems is thorough and unparalleled."

—Dr. Teshome Jiru, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, USA

"The authors have done a nice job updating this edition of their classic textbook by enhancing the chapter on photovolaics and by including more recent advances in solar thermal power technologies such as the supercritical Rankine cycle and the supercritical C02 power cycle."

—Dr. Kevin Anderson, Cal Poly Pomona, Mechanical Engineering, California, USA

"The organization of the book seems much better than the second edition… The present chapter eight is a great piece of work, which provides many details in solar thermal power design. To my best knowledge, no other textbook on solar engineering can compete with this book regarding this topic."

—Yuan Zheng, University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA


Introduction to Solar Energy Conversion

Global Energy Needs and Resources

Solar Energy

Energy Storage

Economics of Solar Systems

Summary of RE Resources

Forecast of Future Energy Mix


Fundamentals of Solar Radiation

The Physics of the Sun and Its Energy Transport

Thermal Radiation Fundamentals

Sun–Earth Geometric Relationship

Solar Radiation

Estimation of Terrestrial Solar Radiation

Models Based on Long-Term Measured Horizontal Solar Radiation

Measurement of Solar Radiation

Solar Radiation Mapping Using Satellite Data


Suggested Readings

Solar Thermal Collectors

Radiative Properties and Characteristics of Materials

Flat-Plate Collectors

Tubular Solar Energy Collectors

Experimental Testing of Collectors

Concentrating Solar Collectors

Parabolic Trough Concentrator

Compound-Curvature Solar Concentrators

Central Receiver Collector

Fresnel Reflectors and Lenses

Solar Concentrator Summary


Suggested Reading

Thermal Energy Storage and Transport

Thermal Energy Storage

Types of TES

Design of Storage System

Energy Transport Subsystems


Suggested Readings

Solar Heating Systems

Calculations of Heating and Hot-Water Loads in Buildings

Solar Water-Heating Systems

Liquid-Based Solar Heating Systems for Buildings

Solar Air-Heating Systems

Methods of Modeling and Design of Solar Heating Systems

Long-Term Performance of Solar Heating Systems

TRNSYS Computer Simulation Program

Solar Industrial Process Heat

Examples of SIPH Systems


Suggested Readings

Solar Cooling and Dehumidification

Solar Space Cooling and Refrigeration

Solar Desiccant Dehumidification



Suggested Readings

Passive Solar Heating, Cooling, and Daylighting


Passive Space Heating Systems

Passive Space Cooling Systems

Daylighting Design Fundamentals


Suggested Readings

Solar Thermal Power

Historical Perspective

Thermodynamic Power Cycles

Design of Parabolic Trough–Based Power Plants

Examples of PTC Solar Thermal Power Plants

Parabolic Dish Systems

Stirling Cycle

Central Receiver Tower Systems

CRS Design

Recent Developments in Solar Thermal Power Cycles

Solar Distillation of Saline Water

Nonconvecting Solar Ponds




Analysis of PV Cells

Manufacture of Solar Cells and Panels

Design for Remote PV Applications


Suggested Readings

Solar Photochemical Applications

Photocatalytic Reactions

Solar Photocatalytic Detoxification

Solar Reactors

Kinetic Models

Useful Insolation

Catalyst Development

System Design Methodology

Gas-Phase Photocatalytic Detoxification

Commercial/Industrial Applications

Solar Disinfection of Water and Air



Suggested Readings



Author Bio

Dr. D. Yogi Goswami is a distinguished university professor and director of the Clean Energy Research Center at the University of South Florida. He conducts fundamental and applied research on solar thermal power and cooling, photocatalytic detoxification and disinfection, thermodynamics, third-generation photovoltaics, and hydrogen production and storage. Professor Goswami is the editor in chief of Solar Energy and Progress in Solar Energy. He has published as an author or editor 17 books and more than 350 refereed technical papers. He also holds 16 patents, some of which have been successfully commercialized.

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