From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity

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Earthscan, 1999 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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From Space to earth tracks the evolution of photovoltaics from its shaky nineteenth-century beginnings mired in scientific controversy, to its high visibility success in the space program, to its current position as an indispensable and versatile power source that is improving our daily lives.
 

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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

Contents

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries many researchers attempted
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Chapter Three The Dream Becomes Real
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Chapter Five Saved by the Space Race
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Chapter Seven The First Mass Earth Market
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Chapter Eight Captain Lomers Saga
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Chapter Ten Long Distance for Everyone
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Chapter Eleven Father Verspieren Preaches the Solar Gospel
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Chapter Twelve Electrifying the Unelectrifled
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Chapter Thirteen Solarizing the Electrified
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During the 1970s and 1980s most governmentfunded photovoltaics research
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Chapter Fourteen Better Cells Cheaper Cells
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Chapter Fifteen The Silent Revolution Continues
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Index
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Illustration Credits
223
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About the author (1999)

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

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