Sun Above the Horizon
Jenny Stanford Series on Renewable Energy

Sun Above the Horizon

by Peter F. Varadi

548 pages, 153.00 x 229.00 mm, 98 B/W

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814463805
  • Published: May 2014

The meteoric rise of the photovoltaic (PV) industry is an incredible story. In 2013, Google’s investments in PV systems totaled about half a billion dollars, and Warren Buffet, one of the famous investors, invested US$ 2.5 billion in the world’s largest PV system in California. These gigantic investments by major financial players were made only 40 years after the first two terrestrial PV companies, Solarex and Solar Power Corporation, were formed in the USA. Back in 1973, the two companies employed 20 people and produced only 500 w of PV power. Now, just 40 years later, over a million people work in the PV industry. The worldwide capacity of operating PV electric generators equals the capacity of about 25 nuclear power plants. The PV industry is growing at an annual rate of 30%, equivalent to about five new nuclear power plants per year. Today, solar electricity is a significant supplier of electricity needs, to the extent that PV is forcing the restructuring of 100-year-old electric power utilities. This book describes how this happened and what lies ahead for PV power generation.

The audience for this book will include the rapidly increasing number of people in the PV industry around the globe, and the growing number of people, all over, who are committed to cleaner energy systems and will enter the field.  This includes technically oriented as well as business-oriented people also high school as well as college students and their teachers.

Key Features:

  • Presents what is missing from other books on solar energy, i.e., the 40-year history of the terrestrial during which an expensive technical curiosity without any market at that time was converted into a mass-manufactured product
  • An interesting narrative of the history and development of solar energy, which became a significant supplier of the World’s electricity needs, to the extent that it has forced the restructuring of 100-year-old electric power utilities
  • Describes how 40 years ago the terrestrial PV industry was started and how it developed the needed technology and market to be able to compete today with conventional electricity-generating systems
  • Written for the newbie as well as the expert in the field