New Reserve Books in Engglib2 – as of December 2011


Solar cells : operating principles, technology, and system applications

Author Martin A. Green
Place of Publication Kensington, N.S.W.
Date of Publication c1998
Publisher University of New South Wales


Explains the operating principles and design of solar cells, the technology used to produce them, improved future technology, and provides a good introduction to the design of systems based on these cells.

Applied photovoltaics, 2nd ed.

Authors S.R. Wenham … [et al.]
Place of Publication London Sterling, VA
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Earthscan


A reliable, accessible and comprehensive guide for students of photovoltaic applications and renewable energy engineering. This thoroughly considered textbook from a group of leading influential and award-winning authors is brimming with information and is carefully designed to meet the needs of its readers. Along with exercises and references at the end of each chapter, the book features a set of detailed technical appendices that provide essential equations, data sources and standards. Starting from basics with ‘The Characteristics of Sunlight’ the reader is guided step-by-step through semiconductors and p-n junctions; the behaviour of solar cells; cell properties ad design; and PV cell interconnection and module fabrication. The book covers stand-alone photovoltaic systems; specific purpose photovoltaic systems; remote are power supply systems; and grid-connected photovoltaic systems. There is also a section on photovoltaic water pumping system components and design. Applied Photovolatics is well illustrated and readable with an abundance of diagrams and illustrations, and will provide the reader with all the information needed to start working with photovoltaics.

First course on power electronics

Author Ned Mohan
Place of Publication Minneapolis, Minn.
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher MPERE


An integrated Electric Energy Systems curriculum consists of three segments: Power Electronics, Power Systems and Electric Drives. This textbook follows a top-down systems-level approach to Power Electronics to highlight interrelationships between these sub-fields. This textbook is intended to teach students both the fundamentals and practical design in a single-semester course. A building-block approach to power electronics allows an in-depth discussion of several important topics that are left out in conventional courses, for example, designing feedback control, power-factor-correction circuits, soft-switching, and SV-PWM which is a PWM technique far superior to Sine-PWM, to name a few. The topics in this book are carefully sequenced to maintain continuity and student interest throughout the course. In a fast pace course with proper student background, this book can be covered from front-to-back in one semester. However, the material is arranged in such a way that an instructor, to accommodate the students background, can either omit an entire topic or cover it quickly to provide just an overview using the PowerPoint-based slides on the accompanying CD, without interrupting the flow.

Low power design essentials

Author Jan Rabaey
Place of Publication New York; London
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Springer


This book contains all the topics of importance to the low power designer. It first lays the foundation and then goes on to detail the design process. The book also discusses such special topics as power management and modal design, ultra low power, and low power design methodology and flows. In addition, coverage includes projections of the future and case studies.

Switching and linear power supply, power converter design

Author Abraham I. Pressman
Place of Publication Rochelle Park, N.J.
Date of Publication c1977
Publisher Hayden Book Co.


This “how-to-design” book written from a power supply designer’s point of view deals with all aspects of power supply design from the initial block diagram systems alternatives to the detailed circuit design of all the electronics within the blocks.

Recommended By Prof. Louis Alarcon, Prof. Raymund Roque
The gm/ID design methodology, a sizing tool for low-voltage analog CMOS circuits : the semi-empirical and compact model approaches
(CoE 143)

Author Paul G.A. Vespers
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2010
Publisher Springer


IC designers appraise currently MOS transistor geometries and currents to compromise objectives like gain-bandwidth, slew-rate, dynamic range, noise, non-linear distortion, etc. Making optimal choices is a difficult task. How to minimize for instance the power consumption of an operational amplifier without too much penalty regarding area while keeping the gain-bandwidth unaffected in the same time? Moderate inversion yields high gains, but the concomitant area increase adds parasitics that restrict bandwidth. Which methodology to use in order to come across the best compromise(s)? Is synthesis a mixture of design experience combined with cut and tries or is it a constrained multivariate optimization problem, or a mixture? Optimization algorithms are attractive from a system perspective of course, but what about low-voltage low-power circuits, requiring a more physical approach? The connections amid transistor physics and circuits are intricate and their interactions not always easy to describe in terms of existing software packages. The gm/ID synthesis methodology is adapted to CMOS analog circuits for the transconductance over drain current ratio combines most of the ingredients needed in order to determine transistors sizes and DC currents.

Geographic information systems & science, 3rd ed.

Authors Paul A. Longley… [et al.]
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Wiley


The Third Edition of this bestselling textbook has been fully revised and updated to include the latest developments in the field and still retains its accessible format to appeal to a broad range of students. Now divided into five clear sections the book investigates the unique, complex and difficult problems that are posed by geographic information and together they build into a holistic understanding of the key principles of GIS.

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