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Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes

Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes

Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes
By John A. Duffie, William A. Beckman

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Book Description

The updated fourth edition of the "bible" of solar energy theory and applications

Over several editions, Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes has become a classic solar engineering text and reference. This revised Fourth Edition offers current coverage of solar energy theory, systems design, and applications in different market sectors along with an emphasis on solar system design and analysis using simulations to help readers translate theory into practice.

An important resource for students of solar engineering, solar energy, and alternative energy as well as professionals working in the power and energy industry or related fields, Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, Fourth Edition features:

  • Increased coverage of leading-edge topics such as photovoltaics and the design of solar cells and heaters
  • A brand-new chapter on applying CombiSys (a readymade TRNSYS simulation program available for free download) to simulate a solar heated house with solar- heated domestic hot water
  • Additional simulation problems available through a companion website
  • An extensive array of homework problems and exercises

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #697971 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: Wiley
  • Published on: 2013-04-15
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.50" h x 1.30" w x 7.60" l, 3.15 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 936 pages


  • Used Book in Good Condition

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

JOHN A. DUFFIE (deceased) was Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering and past Director of the Solar Energy Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

WILLIAM A. BECKMAN is the Ouweneel-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and Director Emeritus of the Solar Energy Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Customer Reviews

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5The Bible of Solar Engineering
By Kristi
Purchased this as required materials for a class, and I am now obsessed with solar engineering.
Firstly, I want to say how hilarious I found it that the back says it is the "Bible of Solar Engineering". But upon having read 75% of it thus far, I think that is the best way to describe it. Anything you need is in there, and then some.
As for the reading level, the portions with equations are obviously a bit more of a technical read, and you won't get the most out of this book that you can unless you plug some of these equations in MATLAB, or some other form of computing software, but the material itself is very attainable.
Highly recommend.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5Excellent book - Renewable Energy Master Degree student
By A. Panchorie
Bought this book as part of my reading for an introductory solar energy course. Being quite new to the physics behind solar energy, I was extremely satisfied with the explanations and worked examples that are included in the first few chapters of the book. It is actually referred to as the "bible" of solar energy engineering by my lecturer.

Will update my rating next year when I use the book for an advanced solar energy course.

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful.
4An excellent solar energy textbook
By A Customer
The second edition of "Solar Engineering..." is a much expanded and updated version of the original, which was already a decent textbook. It covers almost everything there is to know about engineering of solar energy systems, and the presentation is clear and well organized. The division into "basics" and "applications" sections is a very sensible way to get oriented before plunging into the depth of a specific technology, especially since solar thermal applications tend to cover a wide variety of technologies. The gradual and systematic approach makes this book a very good textbook for beginners. The wide scope makes it also a pretty good reference source for practitioners who are looking for a specific bit of information.
The new chapter on photovoltaic cells is a nice touch. While this is not a "thermal process," it is still important for any practitioner of solar thermal to know what's happening in the other corner of the field. A presentation of PV at the level that can be understood by non-physicists is a very welcome addition.
My only complaint is that recent significant developments are not well represented (I guess much of this developed after the book was written, so this complaint is not really aimed at the authors). Topics such as non-imaging concentrators, high-temperature thermal receivers for Brayton cycle, and solar chemistry are either briefly mentioned or absent altogether. The more traditional applications such DHW are of course presented in detail, but their significance to the energy market remains negligible. I would prefer to see more on applications that have the potential to make a major impact. Hopefully this will be included in the next edition...

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