INTEGRATED SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS FOR BUILDINGS Corkish, Richard Paul en_US Prasad, Deo en_US 2021-11-25T14:26:55Z 2021-11-25T14:26:55Z 2006 en_US
dc.description.abstract INTRODUCTION Photovoltaic (solar) cells (Corkish, 2004) are semiconductor devices that directly create electric current and voltage from the collection of photons (quanta of light). They convert sunlight to electricity silently and without moving parts, require little maintenance, are reliable, being sold with warranties of up to twenty-five years, generate no greenhouse gases in operation and are modular, rapidly deployable and particularly suited to urban rooftops, façades and similar applications. Hence, they are easily located close to where electricity is consumed. Solar cells of 15% efficiency covering an area equivalent to just 0.25% of the global area under crops and permanent pasture could meet all the world's primary energy requirements today (Archer and Hill, 2001), yet most or all of that area could be otherwise alienated land, such as on buildings, for example. "On any given day, the solar energy falling on a typical oilfield in the Middle East is far greater than the energy contained in the oil extracted from it." (CarbonFree, 2006). However, solar cells remain an expensive option for most power generation requirements relative to fossil and nuclear sources, especially if the natural environment is attributed little or no value, and to some other sustainable options such as the enhancement energy efficiency, solar thermal (eg. solar water heating) or wind energy. Photovoltaics are synergistic with efficiency enhancement and solar thermal use and are usually more easily applied in urban situations than are wind turbines. Here, we aim to acquaint practising architects, builders and engineers with the fundamentals of solar photovoltaic energy production and devices and building-related applications (Green, 1995, Wenham et al., 2006, Prasad & Snow, 2005, Strong et al., 2005, Sick, 1996). en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1552-6100 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other solar energy en_US
dc.subject.other building integrated photovoltaics en_US
dc.subject.other renewable energy en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.description.notePublic Original inactive link: - DOI does not resolve (9/11/2009): en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Engineering
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 2 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Journal of Green Building en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 63-76 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 1 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Corkish, Richard Paul, Photovoltaics & Renewable Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Prasad, Deo, Built Environment, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW en_US School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering * School of Built Environment *
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