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From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity


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From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity tracks the evolution of photovoltaics--the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity via solar cells--from its nineteenth-century beginnings through its success in the space program to its current position as an indispensable, versatile, and largely unrecognized power generator. Perlin details PV's early adoption by the telecommunications, transportation, and oil industries. He examines the spread of solar electricity in both the developed and developing world--from Mali to Manhattan, the South Pacific to Switzerland, the American countryside to the Australian outback. And he tells these stories through the individuals who made them happen, the people who started us down the path to our photovoltaic future.
After years of painstaking research, John Perlin has written "the solar success story."

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Tells the success story of photovoltaics, the direct conversion of the sun's energy into electricity by solar cells. Tracks the evolution of photovoltaics from its 19th-century beginnings to its high-visibility success in the space program, and to its current position as a versatile power source that is improving our daily lives. Looks at the work of major figures in the field, and explains how solar cells are used for satellite communication systems, to power navigation systems, and to bring water, electricity, and telephones to remote areas around the world. Includes b&w photos of projects. Perlin is the author of , and co-author of .
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About the Author

John Perlin lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Margaret November, M.D., and son, Pesach.

Table of Contents

1. Photovoltaics: The Great Solar Hope
2. Photoelectric Dreams
3. The Dream Becomes Real
4. Searching for Applications
5. Saved by the Space Race
6. Bringing Solar Cells Down to Earth
7. The First Mass Earth Market
8. Captain Lomer's Saga
9. Working on the Railroad
10. Long Distance for Everyone
11. Father Verspieren Preaches the Solar Gospel
12. Electrifying the Unelectrified
13. Solarizing the Electrified
14. Better Cells, Cheaper Cells
15. The Silent Revolution Continues
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Perlin, John
Aatec Publications
Perlin, John
Photovoltaic power systems
Solar power plants
Solar power plants - History
Photovoltaic power systems - History
Electricity-General Electricity
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