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Meeting Archive Section Launched

Our new meeting archive section will provide you with presentations, white papers and other related materials presented at one of our monthly events.

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Just Released: Quality Lighting for High Performance Buildings

In the United States, buildings account for 40% of primary energy use, 72% of electricity consumption, and 39% of CO2 emissions. Indoor lighting accounts for a large portion of our energy use, and we sorely need to develop better, more efficient systems to illuminate our institutions and places of commerce as well as our homes. But as we push for greater efficiencies and reduced life-cycle impacts, and as new green construction codes and standards are adopted, it is imperative that we avoid sacrificing good lighting design that enhances our productivity, our comfort, and our health. With this in mind, this book provides an overview of the basic concepts of quality, indoor lighting, and explains concepts like visual comfort, visual interest, and integrated design as they relate to the practice of lighting design. Energy efficient lighting technologies, including LED lighting and digital control systems, and design strategies that increase visual comfort and productivity are discussed in plain language, and examined in a straightforward way to give the reader, whether an architect, interior designer, engineer, building trades professional, or student a broad understanding of the art and science of energy efficient quality lighting.

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PHOTOVOLTAICS FOR COMMERCIAL AND UTILITIES POWER GENERATION

This book provides an in-depth review of the solar industry development, and present-day state of the art, emphasizing current and future applications of photovoltaic equipment in the commercial and utility energy sectors, and highlighting its use in large scale power generating plants operating in the U.S. deserts. All key aspects of photovoltaic technologies are examined from a theoretical point of view, looking closely at their design parameters, materials, manufacturing, quality and performance. Practical applications are also covered, focusing on large scale photovoltaics as a major alternative energy source. The author examines the advantages and disadvantages of each of today’s solar technologies, and projects them into the future in search of optimized niche markets and maximum utilization.

Key technical issues related to manufacturing and test procedures, product quality and safety, field performance, environmental impact, and other critical issues are thoroughly analyzed. Lack of standardized manufacturing processes and operating procedures, fluctuating political and regulatory policies, and the different financing, legal and marketing aspects of the solar industry are among the topics discussed in detail as well. Photovoltaics for Commercial and Utilities Power Generation provides a 360 degree view of today’s solar energy products and the related manufacturing and operating procedures. It exposes the issues plaguing the solar industry, with the ultimate goal of finding the best solutions needed to bring photovoltaic technologies to an acceptable level of efficient, reliable and cost-effective operation in large scale power generation plants.

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