1. Introduction

  1. C. Julian Chen

Published Online: 11 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118172841.ch1

Physics of Solar Energy

Physics of Solar Energy

How to Cite

Chen, C. J. (2011) Introduction, in Physics of Solar Energy, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118172841.ch1

Author Information

  1. Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 6 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470647806

Online ISBN: 9781118172841



  • solar energy, average power density of solar radiation outside of Earth - 1366 W/m2, the solar constant;
  • annual solar energy arriving - at the surface of Earth;
  • renewable energy utilization - small percentage of total energy consumption;
  • solar photovoltaics primer - fossil fuel getting depleted, not able to support energy demands;
  • solar energy utilization, benefiting mankind - and Himin model of solar energy business, three loops


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Solar Energy

  • Go beyond Petroleum

  • Other Renewable Energy Resources

  • Solar Photovoltaics Primer

  • Above Physics

  • Problems