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:: Power for the World: The Emergence of Electricity from the Sun

+ 02.08.2010 + The book concentrates on Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Power, its scientific, technological, industrial, political, environmental and social implications.

The book concentrates on Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Power, its scientific, technological, industrial, political, environmental and social implications. Modern PV was invented in 1954 in association with the transistor; only since 2005 the PV markets have seen an exponential growth: this year global business stands at $30 billion. It involves hundreds of companies around the world with 100,000 jobs newly created and tens of thousands of experts.


The last specialised PV Conference in 2009 in Hamburg, Germany, had 5000 delegates; the associated exhibition was visited by 50,000 people from 100 nations, more than the 'America Cup'. The book comes in 3 parts: 'The Rising Sun in a Developing World', 'Solar Power for the World', and 'PV Today and Forever'. It provides a historical summary and gives a comprehensive overview of the present situation worldwide and future strategies for development and implementation.


The author is a world leader in PV and all Renewable Energies (CV enclosed). The book will be about 250 pages long; 100 pages come from the lead author W. Palz, the rest is being contributed by some 40 VIPs in the sector from all over the world, and in particular from the US, Europe, China, and Japan. Some are PV specialists, others are from administrations such as the World Bank, some represent associations such as ISES, the oldest of them all, or ACORE from Washington, and last not least the politicians who introduced the supporting legislation. The book will be illustrated by some 100 pictures.



Wolfgang Palz is currently Chairman of the World Council Renewable Energy. He is bearer of an Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande), has been recognised a wind energy pioneer in Britain, and received the European Prizes for biomass, wind energy and photovoltaics respectively.



Key Features:

  1. It provides an up-to-date information on PV in a simple style that is approachable to the general readers.
  2. It gives a comprehensive global view from the major key players in the field.
  3. The only book in the market that captures the knowledge and experience of experts from the academia, industry, government, financial institutions and other organizations.

List of Contributors:

Hermann Scheer, MP, Germany, Preface

Franz Alt, Germany

Yves Bamberger, France

Stefan Behling, UK

Joachim Benemann, Germany

Karl Wolfgang Böer, USA

Dieter Bonnet, Germany

Anil Cabraal , World Bank

Gallus Cadonau, Switzerland

Dominique Campana, France

Denis Curtin, USA

Michael Eckhart, USA

Hans-Josef Fell, MP, Germany

Americo Forestieri, USA

Gao Hu, China

Biswajit Ghosh, India

Adolf Götzberger, Germany

Giuliano Grassi, Italy

Michael Grätzel, Switzerland

Wolfgang Hein, Austria

Ikki/Kaizuka, Japan

Helmut Kiess, Switzerland

Stefan Krauter, Germany

Harry Lehmann, Germany

Alain Liebard & Yves-Bruno Civel, France

Daniel Lincot, France

Antonio Luque, Spain

Bernard McNelis, UK

Bernd Melchior, Germany

Ricardo Melchior Navarro & Manuel Cendagorta, Spain

Thomas Nordmann, Switzerland

Monica Oliphant, Australia

Morton Prince, USA

Haiyan Qin, China

Bunker Roy, India

Walter Sandtner, Germany

Fred Schmid, USA

Richard Swanson, USA

Peter Varadi, USA

Philippe Verburgh, Switzerland

Neville Williams, USA

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