From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity

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Harvard University Press, 1999 - Nature - 224 pages
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From Space to Earth tracks the evolution of the technology of photovoltaics, the use of solar cells to convert the sun's energy into electricity. John Perlin's painstaking research results in a fascinating account of the development of this technology, from its shaky nineteenth-century beginnings mired in scientific controversy to its high-visibility success in the space program, to its current position as a versatile and promising power source.

 

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From space to Earth: the story of solar electricity

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Perlin (A Forest Journey) accessibly recounts the history of photovoltaics (the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity by solar cells) from the early 19th century to the present. In the 19th ... Read full review

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An Interesting account of the development of photovoltaic cells from thiir origin in Bell labs in 1950s. Photovoltaic cells were first used commercially in 1970s to provide power for remote sites associated with the oil industry, communications (microwave towers , and railroads. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

John Perlin has also authored A Golden Thread: Twenty-Five Hundred Years of Solar Architecture and Technology (with Ken Butti) and From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity. He researched and wrote the narrative for the film Power from the Sun with Nobel Laureates Drs. Walter Kohn and Alan Heeger. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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