Photovoltaics, the direct conversion of light from the sun into
electricity, is an increasingly important means of distributed
power generation. The SPICE modelling tool is typically used in the
development of electrical and electronic circuits. When applied to
the modelling of PV systems it provides a means of understanding
and evaluating the performance of solar cells and systems.
The majority of books currently on the market are based around
discussion of the solar cell as semiconductor devices rather than
as a system to be modelled and applied to real-world problems.
Castaner and Silvestre provide a comprehensive treatment of PV
system technology analysis. Using SPICE, the tool of choice for
circuits and electronics designers, this book highlights the
increasing importance of modelling techniques in the quantitative
analysis of PV systems. This unique treatment presents both
students and professional engineers, with the means to understand,
evaluate and develop their own PV modules and systems.
* Provides a unique, self-contained, guide to the modelling and
design of PV systems
* Presents a practical, application oriented approach to PV
technology, something that is missing from the current
* Uses the widely known SPICE circuit-modelling tool to analyse and
simulate the performance of PV modules for the first time
* Written by respected and well-known academics in the field