Power
From The Sun
by
William B.
Stine and Michael Geyer
copyright
© 2001 by William B. Stine and Michael
Geyer
News
Flash! The Solar Angle
Calculator, the Solar Time Calculator
and the System Performance Model
are now up and running...try them!
NOTE
TO READER: Click on an
equation and it will double in size
for
better readability!
Contents
Chapter
1. Solar
Energy Conversion Systems
Chapter
2. The
Sun's Energy
Chapter
3. The Sun's
Position
Chapter
4. Collecting
Solar Energy
Chapter
5. Solar
Collectors
Chapter
6. Flat Plate
Thermal Collectors
Chapter
7.
Photovoltaic Panels
Chapter
8.
Concentrator Optics
Chapter
9.
Concentrating Collectors
Chapter
10. Central
Receiver Systems
Chapter
11. Energy
Storage
Chapter
12. Power
Cycles for Electricity Generation
Chapter
13. Economic &
Environmental Considerations
Chapter
14. Modeling
System Performance
Chapter
15. System
Design
Chapter
16. System
Design Examples
Appendix
A.
Symbols and Sign Conventions
Appendix
B.
Units Conversion Factors
Appendix
C.
Sun Angle Geometry Notes
Appendix
D.
Useful Properties of Materials, Fluids
and Gases
Appendix
E.
Description and Use of TMY Data
Appendix
F.
Local Solar Irradiation Data for the
United States
Appendix
G. Analytical
Approximation of the Normal Integral
Appendix
H.
Computer Code Listings
Update
News: We are
constantly working to add material and
make our site more useful.
To this
end, we have recently done the
following:
 Corrected
sign in Equation 419 and in the
Solar Angle Calculator so that the
tracking axis tilt azimuth angle
has the same sign convention as
the sun azimuth angle (CW is
positive with North being
zero). Thanks to Michael
Hashmi (3/4/14).
 Corrected
typo
in Eqn. (418) by placing
parentheses around the final cos
argument (Aalpha) in the last
term in the denominator.
Thanks
Niel van der Merwe (2/2014).

Corrected
error in
Chapter 10. Ref. to Eqn. (355)
should have been to Eqn.(849)
Thanks
Thomas Telsnig (10/2012)

Corrected
error in
Chapter 2. Ref. to Eqn. (319)
should have been to Eqn.(322)
Thanks
Jeff Chen (10/2012)

Corrected
error in
Figure 8.3. Thanks Mohamed Elagamawi
and Prof. Henry Louie (4/12)

Corrected
typo,
Chapter 10.1.2  98^{o}C

Thanks Patrick Griffin (5/11)

Added
Chapter 14 Modeling System
Performance (5/08)

Corrected
error
in Equation 4.13. Thanks Scott
McCreary (4/08)

Corrected
error
in Equation 9.3 / SB constant 
Thanks Patrick Griffin (11/07)

Added
Chapter 15 System Design
(5/07)

Added
Chapter 16 System Design
Examples (5/07)

Added
Solar Time Calculator (5/07)

Corrected
error
in Equation 10.7. Thanks
Patrick Vielle, Switzerland
(4/07)

Added
Solar Angle Calculator (2/07)

Added
Appendix G (4/06)

Completed
Chapter
11 Energy Storage (5/05)

Completed
Chapter
12 Power Cycles for Electricity
Generation (10/04)

Added
Chapter 9 Concentrating
Collectors and Chapter 10 Central
Receiver
Systems (10/04) and corrected
minor errors in Ch. 3
examples, in section 3.2 (thanks Sam
Sankaran).

Corrected
error
in Equation 3.10 (6/04)  Thanks
Boudewijn van Leeuwen, The
Netherlands

Added
Chapter 8 Concentrating Optics
(10/03)

We
just added Chapter 6 describing
flatplate collectors (11/02)

We
have added Chapter 5 describing the
performance and performance models
of solar thermal and photovoltaic
collectors (10/02).

We
have now added Chapters 3 and 4
covering all of the suncollector
angles necessary for solar
calculations (8/02).

Added
Chapter 2  The Sun's Energy
This is an entirely updated
version of Chapter 4 from Solar
Energy Fundamentals and Design.

Started
(with
Chapter 2 right now) incorporating
MathType's new webbased
equation technology which is browser
independent. It has the
special features that you can
doubleclick on an equation and it
will
increase in size, making the super
and subscripts more legible.
Also equation references in the text
are hyperlinked to the equation
and show in blue.
