A collection of eighteen chapters on solar energy systems (including an introductory chapter summarizing the others), this book appears to be a follow-up to the Third International Conference on “Sustainable Energy and Environmental Challenges” (III-SEEC), held in December 2018 at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. The editors are a team of faculty from four different locations of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Contributors are faculty from various IIT locations and other universities in India.
The five parts of the book contain chapters under the headings General, Heating, Cooling, Energy Storage, and Solar Cells. The chapter topics are diverse, ranging from policy issues at one end, to materials, devices and systems at the other end of the spectrum, with particular relevance and applicability to India. The diversity of topics makes for interesting reading, but it is difficult to identify a particular audience that would have such a wide range of interests.
The book is packed with references as recent as 2019, and includes numerous charts (some in color) and equations. There is no index, as searching is easy in an e-book. Potentially a good reference for professionals in the field, the book would need a supplementary problem set to be used as a textbook.
Review by Bogdan Hoanca, a professor of management information systems at the University of Alaska Anchorage, USA.
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