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Photo: man holding a clear candy bar-sized object up to the sun.
A solar cell test prototype with an array of glitter-sized lenses fastened to it.. This type of photovoltaic unit could be integrated with flexible materials, such as clothing. From the Sandia National Laboratories Website. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

Graphic depiction of a huge tower made of solar discs, stretching from earth into the atmosphere.
"Imagine providing the Earth or a moon base with harnessed solar power, or traveling in space without returning to Earth for fuel. That's the idea behind space-based solar power generators such as this SunTower." From the NASA Website. Photo credit: NASA.

For more about space-based solar power and possible applications, visit the site of the National Space Society at


This compilation, an update of TB 06-5, provides a review of new resources on solar energy available in the collections of the Library of Congress. While the emphasis is on four topics–solar heating and cooling; photovoltaics and solar cells; solar thermal engineering; and solar building design, many of the sources listed in the Abstracting and Indexing Services section also include references to literature on other aspects of solar energy and their applications. Not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography, this guide is designed--as the name of the series implies--to put the reader “on target.”



Perlin, John. Solar energy, history of. In Encyclopedia of energy. v. 5. Amsterdam, Boston, Elsevier Academic Press, c2004. p. 607-694.
   TJ163.28.E53 2004 <SciRR>

Parks, Peggy J. Solar power. San Diego, CA, ReferencePoint Press, Inc., c2010. 96 p.
   Bibliography: p. 87-89.
   TJ810.P38 2010



Subject headings used by the Library of Congress, under which books on solar energy can be located in most card, book, and online catalogs include the following:

Highly Relevant








Ewing, Rex A., and Doug Pratt. Got sun? go solar: harness nature's free energy to heat and power your grid-tied home. Expanded 2nd ed. Masonville, CO, PixyJack Press, c2009. 191 p.
   TK1087.E95 2009

Foster, Robert, Majid Ghassemi, and Alma Cota. Solar energy: renewable energy and the environment. Boca Raton, CRC Press, c2010. 352 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.S4897 2010 <SciRR>

Kalogirou, Soteris. Solar energy engineering: processes and systems. Burlington, MA, Elsevier/Academic Press, c2009. 760 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.K258 2009 <SciRR>

Khaligh, Alireza, and Omer C. Onar. Energy harvesting: solar, wind, and ocean energy conversion systems. Boca Raton, CRC Press, c2010. 350 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ808.K515 2010 <SciRR>

Leading edge research in solar energy. Patrick N. Rivers, editor. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2007. 283 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.L43 2007

Şen, Zekâi. Solar energy fundamentals and modeling techniques: atmosphere, environment, climate change, and renewable energy. London, Springer, c2008. 276 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.S454 2008

Solar America: how, what and when? Nash M. Perales, editor. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2010. 262 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ809.95.S563 2010 <SciRR>

The Solar century: the past, present, and world-changing future of solar energy. Edited by Jeremy Leggett. London, GreenProfile, 2009. 174 p.
    Bibliography: p. 157-162.
   TJ810.S48155 2009

Solar energy: research, technology and applications. William L. Olofsson and Viktor I. Bengtsson, editors. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2008. 500 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.7.S64 2008

Tiwari, G. N. Solar energy: fundamentals, design, modelling and applications. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2006. 525 p.
   Bibliography: p. 129-133.
   TJ810.T59 2006



Solar Heating and Cooling

Advances in passive cooling. Edited by Mat Santamouris. London, Sterling, VA, Earthscan, 2007. 303 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH7687.9.A38 2007

Chiras, Daniel D., Robert Aram, and Kurt Nelson. Power from the sun: achieving energy independence. Gabriola Island, BC, New Society Publishers, c2009. 255 p.
   Bibliography: p. 237-248.
   TK1087.C45 2009

Clive, Kenneth. Build your own solar heating system. Minneapolis, MN, Lucerna Pub., c2007. 123 p.
   TH7413.C59 2007

Harper, Gavin D. J. Domestic solar energy: a guide for the home owner. Ramsbury, Crowood, 2009. 144 p.    Bibliography: p. 133-135.
   TJ163.5.D86H375 2009

Laughton, Chris. Solar domestic water heating: the Earthscan expert handbook for planning, design, and installation. London, Washington, Earthscan, 2010. 245 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH6561.7.L38 2010 <SciRR>

Ramlow, Bob, and Benjamin Nusz. Solar water heating: a comprehensive guide to solar water and space heating systems. Rev. and expanded ed. Gabriola Island, BC, New Society Publishers, c2010. 245 p.
   TH7413.R364 2010 <SciRR>

Solar-assisted air conditioning in buildings: a handbook for planners. Edited by Hans-Martin Henning. 2nd rev. ed. Wien, London, Springer, 2007. 136 p.
   TH7687.9.S633 2007

Photovoltaics and Solar Cells

Chiras, Daniel D., Robert Aram, and Kurt Nelson. Solar electricity basics: a green energy guide. Gabriola Island, BC, New Society Publishers, c2010. 185 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1087.C453 2010

Davidson, Joel, and Fran Orner. The new solar electric home: the complete guide to photovoltaics for your home. 3rd ed. Ann Arbor, MI, Aatec Publications; distributed by Chelsea Green, c2008. 471 p.
   Bibliography: p. 427-429.
   TK1087.D36 2008

Dunlop, James P. Photovoltaic systems. 2nd ed. Orland Park, IL, American Technical Publishers, Inc., c2010. 469 p. + 1 CD-ROM
   TK1087.D86 2010 <MRC>

Fonash, S. J. Solar cell device physics. 2nd ed. Burlington, MA, Academic Press/Elsevier, c2010. 353 p
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK2960.F66 2010

Gangopadhyay, U., S. K. Dutta, and H. Saha. Texturization and light trapping in silicon solar cells. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2009. 100 p.
   TK2960.G35 2009

High-efficient low-cost photovoltaics: recent developments. Vesselinka Petrova-Koch, Rudolf Hezel, and Adolf Goetzberger, editors. Berlin, Springer, c2009. 225 p. (Springer series in optical sciences, v. 140)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK2960.H54 2009

Jha, A. R. Solar cell technology and applications. Boca Raton, Taylor & Francis, c2010. 280 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK2960.J58 2010

Messenger, Roger A., and Jerry Ventre. Photovoltaic systems engineering. 3rd ed. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2010. 503p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1087.M47 2010 <SciRR>

Organic photovoltaics: materials, device physics, and manufacturing technologies.. Edited by Christoph Brabec, Vladimir Dyakonov, and Ullrich Scherf. Weinheim, Wiley-VCH, 2008. 575 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK8322.O76 2008

Pagliaro, Mario, Giovanni Palmisano, and Rosaria Ciriminna. Flexible solar cells. Weinheim, Wiley-VCH, c2008. 190 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK2960.P34 2008

Solar cell research progress. Joseph A. Carson, editor. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2008. 329 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK2960.S6537 2008

Würfel, Peter, Dr. Physics of solar cells: from basic principles to advanced concepts. 2nd, updated and expanded ed. Weinheim, Wiley-VCH, c2009. 244 p.
   Bibliography: p. 239-240.
   TK2960.W87 2009

Solar Thermal Systems

Duffie, John A., and William A. Beckman. Solar engineering of thermal processes. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, c2006. 908 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.D82 2006

Lorenzini, G., C. Biserni, and G. Flacco. Solar thermal and biomass energy. Southampton, Eng.; Boston, WIT, c2010. 211 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.L68 2010

Petela, Ryszard. Engineering thermodynamics of thermal radiation for solar power utilization. New York, McGraw Hill, c2010. 399 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1056.P48 2010

Planning and installing solar thermal systems: a guide for installers, architects, and engineers. 2nd ed. London, Washington, Earthscan, 2010. 355 p.
   Bibliography: p. 341-342
   TH7413.P534 2010 <SciRR>

Solar collectors: energy conservation, design, and applications. Arthur V. Killian, editor. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2009. 349 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ812.S62 2009

Tabak, John. Solar and geothermal energy. New York, Facts On File, c2009. 206 p.
   Bibliography: p. 188-192.
   TJ808.2.T32 2009 <SciRR>

Vos, Alexis de. Thermodynamics of solar energy conversion. Weinheim, Wiley-VCH, c2008. 192 p.
   Includes bibliographical references
   TJ810.V68 2008

Solar Building Design

Bonta, Dave, and Stephen Snyder. The new solar home. Layton, UT, Gibbs Smith, c2009. 160 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   NA7117.S65B66 2009

Crume, Richard V., and Yoko Crume. The simply solar house: green building on a budget. Duvall, WA, Counterbalance Books, c2007. 55 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH7414.C786 2007

Findley, David S. Solar power for your home. New York, McGraw-Hill, c2010. 198 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH7414.F56 2010

Gevorkian, Peter. Solar power in building design: the engineer's complete design resource. New York, McGraw-Hill, c2008. 476 p.
   TH7413.G48 2008 <SciRR>

North house: Team North, entry to the Solar Decathlon 2009 = Maison du nord: Équipe nordique, participant au Décathlon solaire 2009. Edited by Geoffrey Thün and others. Surrey, BC, Canadian Design Research Network, c2008. 92 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Text in English and French.
   TH7414.N67 2008

Rivers, Collyn. Solar success: getting it right every time: the complete guide to home & property systems. Broome, WA, Successful Solar Books, 2008. 112 p.
   Bibliography: p. 107.
   TJ810.R55 2008

Sustainable solar housing. Edited by Robert Hastings and Maria Wall. London, Earthscan, 2009. 2 v.
   TH7414.S87 2009 <SciRR>
   Contents: v. 1. Strategies and solutions. -- v. 2. Exemplary buildings and technologies.

Toepfer, Craig. The hybrid electric home: clean, efficient, profitable. Atglen, PA, Schiffer Pub., c2010. 143 p.
   Bibliography: p. 139-141.
   TH7414.T64 2010

Zaretsky, Michael. Precedents in zero-energy design: architecture and passive design in the 2007 Solar Decathlon. New York, Routledge, 2010. 228 p.
   Bibliography: p. 20.
   NA2542.35.Z36 2010

Other Applications

Anderson, Lorraine, and Rick Palkovic. Cooking with sunshine: the complete guide to solar cuisine with 150 easy sun-cooked recipes. Rev. and expanded ed. New York, Marlowe, c2006. 202 p.
   TX835.5.A64 2006

Fodor, Eben. The solar food dryer: how to make and use your own high-performance, sun-powered food dehydrator. Gabriola Island, BC, New Society Publishers, c2005. 121 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TX609.F635 2005

Kodis, Michelle. Turn me on: 100 easy ways to use solar energy. Layton, UT, Gibbs Smith, 2009. 157 p.
   Bibliography: p. 144.
   TJ810.K58 2009 <SciRR>

Nansen, Ralph. Energy crisis: solution from space. Burlington, ON, Apogee Books, c2009. 203 p.
   TK1545.N36 2009

Rivers, Collyn. Solar that really works! 2nd ed. Broome, WA, Collyn Rivers, c2006. 82 p.
   “Motorhomes, fifth wheelers, campervans, cabins.”
   TJ809.97.A8R58 2006

Solar hydrogen generation: toward a renewable energy future. Edited by Krishnan Rajeshwar, Robert McConnell, and Stuart Licht. New York, Springer, c2008. 318 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.S653 2008

Tiwari, G. N., and A. K. Tiwari. Solar distillation practice for water desalination systems. Tunbridge Wells, Eng., Anshan; New Delhi, Anamaya Publishers, c2008. 270 p.
   Bibliography: p. 255-266.
   TP159.D5T59 2008

Yaffe, Linda Frederick. Solar cooking for home and camp. Mechanicsburg, PA, Stackpole Books, c2007. 120 p.
   Bibliography: p. 114.
   TX835.5.Y34 2007

Titles for Young Readers

Bearce, Stephanie. How to harness solar power for your home. Hockessin, DE, Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2010. 47 p.
   Bibliography: p. 44-45.
   TJ810.3.B43 2010

Friend, Robyn C., and Judith Love Cohen. A clean planet: the solar energy story. Marina del Rey, CA, Cascade Press, c2009. 39 p.
   TJ810.3.F75 2009

Gardner, Robert. Energy: green science projects about solar, wind, and water power. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2011. 128 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ163.95.G365 2011

Hansen, Amy. Solar energy: running on sunshine. New York, PowerKids Press, 2010. 24 p.
   TJ810.3.H355 2010

Hantula, Richard. How do solar panels work? Science and curriculum consultant, Debra Voege. New York, Chelsea Clubhouse, c2010. 32 p
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   TJ810.3.H36 2010

Solar power. Clay Farris Naff, book editor. Detroit, Greenhaven Press, c2007. 128 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.S715 2007

Solway, Andrew. Harnessing the Sun's energy. Chicago, Heinemann Library, c2009. 56 p.
   Bibliography: p. 52.
   TJ810.3.S63 2009

Taylor-Butler, Christine. Super cool science experiments: solar energy. Ann Arbor, MI, Cherry Lake Pub., c2010. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   TJ810.3.T39 2010<



Bullen, Linda M. Solar power: law and economics. General editor, Bradley M. Marten. New Providence, NJ, LexisNexis, 2010. 28 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   KF2140.S65B85 2010 <Law>

Nanostructured and photoelectrochemical systems for solar photon conversion. Editors, Mary D. Archer, Arthur J. Nozik. London, Imperial College Press; Singapore, Hackensack, NJ, World Scientific Pub. Co., c2008. 760 p. (Series on photoconversion of solar energy, v. 3)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK2960.N34 2008

Nanotechnology for photovoltaics. Edited by Loucas Tsakalakos. Boca Raton, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, c2010. 436 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1087.N36 2010

On solar hydrogen & nanotechnology. Editor, Lionel Vayssieres. Singapore, Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons (Asia), c2009. 680 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.O52 2009

Renewable energy grid integration. Building and assessment. Thomas Georgiadis, editor. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2010. 265 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1087.R464 2010

Renewable energy grid integration: the business of photovoltaics. Marco H. Balderas, editor. New York, Nova Science, 2009. 257 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1087.R47 2009



Daniek, Michel. Do it yourself 12 volt solar power. East Meon, Hampshire, Eng., Permanent Publications, 2007. 122 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.5.D36 2007

Handbook of photovoltaic science and engineering. Edited by Antonio Luque and Steven Hegedus. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, c2003. 1138 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK8322.H33 2003 <SciRR>

Hankins, Mark. Stand-alone solar electric systems: the Earthscan expert handbook for planning, design, and installation. London, Washington, Earthscan, 2010. 232 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1087.H36 2010 <SciRR>

Practical handbook of photovoltaics: fundamentals and applications. Edited by Tom Markvart and Luis Castaner. New York, Elsevier Advanced Technology, c2003. 984 p.
   Bibliography: p. 941-945.
   TK8322.P73 2003 <SciRR>

Solar heating systems for houses: a design handbook for solar combisystems. Edited by Werner Weiss. London, James & James, c2003. 313 p.
   Bibliography: p. 289-295.
   TH7414.S6625 2003

Vita-Finzi, Claudio. The sun: a user's manual. New York, Springer, c2008. 156 p.    Bibliography: p. 143-150.
   QB521.V58 2008



High and low concentrator systems for solar electric applications IV: 3-5 August 2009, San Diego, California, United States. Lori E. Greene, editor. Bellingham, WA, SPIE, c2009. 1 v. (various pagings) (Proceedings of SPIE, v. 7407)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.H528 2009

Nanoscale photonic and cell technologies for photovoltaics II: 2-4 August 2009, San Diego, California, United States. Loucas Tsakalakos, editor. Bellingham, WA, SPIE, c2009. 1 v. (various pagings) (Proceedings of SPIE, v. 7411)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK8322.N342 2009

Optical modeling and measurements for solar energy systems III: 2 and 4 August 2009, San Diego, California, United States. Benjamin K. Tsai, editor. Bellingham, WA, SPIE, c2009. 1 v. (various pagings) (Proceedings of SPIE, v. 7410)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ809.2.O68 2009

Organic photovoltaics X: 3-6 August, 2009, San Diego, California, USA. Zakya H. Kafafi, Paul A. Lane, editors. Bellingham, WA, SPIE, c2009. 1 v. (various pagings) (Proceedings of SPIE, v. 7416)
v. 4108)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK8322.O74 2009

Proceedings of the ASME 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability: presented at 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability, July 19-23, 2009, San Francisco, California USA. Sponsored by Advanced Energy Systems Division, ASME, Solar Energy Division, ASME. New York, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, c2009. 2 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ807.2.A84 2009

Solar hydrogen and nanotechnology IV: 3-6 August 2009, San Diego, California, United States. Frank E. Osterloh, editor. Bellingham, WA, SPIE, c2009. 1 v. (various pagings) (Proceedings of SPIE, v. 7408)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.S4974 2009

Thin film solar technology: 2-4 August 2009, San Diego, California, United States. Alan E. Delahoy, Louay A. Eldada, editors. Bellingham, WA, SPIE, c2009. 1 v. (various pagings) (Proceedings of SPIE, v. 7409)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TA418.9.T45T445 2009



Technical Reports, government documents and other types of literature are indexed in the following sources:

DTIC's Technical Reports Collection (1974- )
   Electronic format

Government Reports Announcements & Index (1946- )
   Z7916.G78 <SciRR A&I> and and Electronic Format

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications (1895-)
   Z1223.A18 and Electronic Format
   URL: (1976- )



Some of the reports listed below are available in the microform collection of the Science, Technology & Business Division ( Others may be purchased online or by mail from National Technical Information Service (NTIS): 5301 Shawnee Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312. Telephone (703) 605-6585.

Denholm P., and others. Break-even cost for residential photovoltaics in the United States: key drivers and sensitivities. Washington, U.S. Dept. of Energy, 2010. 33 p. (NREL/TP-6A2-46909)

Dominguez, A., and others. Effects of solar photovoltaic panels on roof heat transfer. Huntsville, AL, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, 2010. 16 p.

Lisell, L., T. Tetreault, and A. Watson. Solar ready buildings planning guide. Washington, U.S. Dept. of Energy, 2009. 33 p. (NREL/TP-7A2-46078)

Sioshansi, R., and P. Denholm. Value of concentrating solar power and thermal energy storage. Washington, U.S. Dept. of Energy, 2010. 32 p. (NREL/TP-6A2-45833)

Solar thermal collector manufacturing activities, 2009. Washington, U.S. Energy Information Administration, Office of Electricity, Renewables, and Uranium Statistics, Dec. 2010. 31 p.



Government actions and innovation in clean energy technologies: the cases of photovoltaic cells, solar thermal electric power, and solar water heating: PIER project report. Prepared for California Energy Commission, Public Interest Energy Research Program, prepared by Margaret Taylor and others. Sacramento, California Energy Commission, 2007. 1 v. (various pagings) (California Climate Change Center report series, number 2007-004)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HD9502.5.C542G68 2007

Solar powering your community: a guide for local governments. U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. Golden, CO, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2009. 141 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ809.95.S69 2009

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science and Technology (2007). Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. New roadmaps for wind and solar research and development: hearing before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, Committee on Science and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, first session, July 14, 2009. Washington, U.S. G.P.O., 2009. 90 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   KF27.S3935 2009b <Law>

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science and Technology (2007). Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. Utility-scale solar power: opportunities and obstacles: field hearing before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, Committee on Science and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, second session, March 17, 2008. Washington, U.S. G.P.O., 2008. 113 p.
   KF27.S3935 2008c <Law>

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Electricity generation: hearing before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, second session, to consider the value and examine the progress of electricity generation from concentrating solar power, Albuquerque, NM, July 2, 2008. Washington, U.S. G.P.O., 2008. 70 p.
   Includes bibliographical references
   KF26.E55 2008s <Law>



Dissertations can be identified by using online resources or the following indexes located in the Main Reading Room. Consult a reference librarian about options. Some dissertations may be available in full text through electronic resources on public terminals at the Library of Congress.

Comprehensive Dissertation Index (1861-1972)
   Z5053.X47 1973

Comprehensive Dissertation Index. Supplement (1973- annual)

Dissertation Abstracts International (1938- monthly)

Digital Dissertations and Theses (1861- )
   Electronic format



Cline, Eric Dean. Orchestrating electron transfer for solar energy conversion: homogeneous catalytic systems and supramolecular assemblies. Ann Arbor, MI, UMI, 2010.
   Collation of the original: 168 p.
   UMI publication number AAT 3424101
   Thesis (doctoral)--Princeton University, 2010.

Forman, Arnold Joseph. Nanoscale engineering of materials for solar energy conversion and heterogeneous catalysis. Ann Arbor, MI, UMI, 2010.
   Collation of the original: 163 p.
   UMI publication number AAT 3398786
   Thesis (doctoral)--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010.

Lentz, Timothy Robert. Analysis of the passive design and solar collection techniques of the houses in the 2009 U. S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition. Ann Arbor, MI, UMI, 2010.
   Collation of the original: 112 p.
   UMI publication number AAT 1479984
   Thesis (masters)--Iowa State University, 2010.

McNamara, William Robert. Novel titanium dioxide binding motifs for solar energy application. Ann Arbor, MI, UMI, 2010.
   Collation of the original: 165 p.
   UMI publication number AAT 3415129
   Thesis (doctoral)--Yale University, 2010.

Schlenker, Cody Williams. Organic solar cells: molecular electronic processes and device development. Ann Arbor, MI, UMI, 2010.
   Collation of the original: 189 p.
   UMI publication number AAT 3434509
   Thesis (doctoral)--University of Southern California, 2010.

Unger, Blair L. Dimpled planar lightguide solar concentrators. Ann Arbor, MI, UMI, 2010.
   Collation of the original: 137 p.
   UMI publication number AAT 3410584
   Thesis (doctoral)--University of Rochester, 2010.



Abstracting and indexing services that index relevant journal articles and other literature on solar energy are listed below. The electronic databases are accessible onsite in the Library of Congress public workstations.

Academic Search Premier
   Electronic format

Abstracts in New Technologies and Engineering (1962- )
   Z7913.B7 <SciRR A&I>

Applied Science & Technology Index (1913 - )
   Z7913.I7 <SciRR> and Electronic Format

Engineering Index (1884- )
   Z5851.E62 and Electronic format

General Science Index (1978- )
   Z7401.G46 <SciRR> and Electronic format

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1900- )
   AI3.R48 <BusRR> and Electronic Format

Science Citation Index (1961-)
   Z7401.S365 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic Format


Advances in Solar Energy TJ809.A38
Applied Solar Energy (translation of Geliotekhnika)
Energy and Buildings TJ163.5.B8E523
Energy Conversion and Management
Gaiam Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook TJ807.A58 <SciRR>
Home Power TJ807.H66
International Journal of Solar Energy (1982-2002) TJ810.I467
International Journal of Sustainable Energy TJ810.I468
Journal of Solar Energy Engineering TJ810.T69
Photon: the Photovoltaic Magazine TK1087.P446
Photovoltaics World TK1087.P497
Progress in Photovoltaics TK2960.P76
Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews TJ807.R45
Renewable Energy Fcous TJ807.R434
SESI Journal: Journal of the Solar Energy Society of India TJ809.S47
Solar Energy TJ810.S6
Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells TJ812.7.S64
Solar Today TJ809.S648
SolarPro TK1087.S76



Anderson, T. N., M. Duke, and J. K. Carson. The effect of colour on the thermal performance of building integrated solar collectors. Solar energy materials and solar cells, v. 94, Feb. 2010: 350-354.

Badran, Ali A. and others. Portable solar cooker and water heater. Energy conversion and management, v. 51, Aug. 2010: 1605-1609.

Cruickshank, Cynthia A., and Stephen J. Harrison. Heat loss characteristics for a typical solar domestic hot water storage. Energy and buildings, v. 42, Oct. 2010: 1703-1710.

Gupta, Dhritiman, Sabyasachi Mukhopadhyay, and K. S. Narayan. Fill factor in organic solar cells. Solar energy materials and solar cells, v. 94, Aug. 2010: 1309-1313.

Hindiyeh, Muna, and Ashraf Ali. Investigating the efficiency of solar energy system for drinking water disinfection. Desalination, v. 259, Sept. 2010: 208-215.

Li, Yuan, and others. The optics of organic photovoltaics: fiber-based devices. IEEE journal of selected topics in quantum electronics, v. 16, Nov./Dec. 2010: 1827-1837.

Pagliaro, Mario, Rosaria Ciriminna, and Giovanni Palmisano. BIPV: merging the photovoltaic with the construction industry. Progress in photovoltaics, v. 18, Jan. 2010: 61-72.

Rakhimov, R. Kh., V. P. Ermakov, and M. R. Rakhimov. Solar air heater with a three-layered composite film. Applied solar energy, 46, no. 2, 2010: 122-124.

Ralegaonkar, Rahul V., and Rajiv Gupta. Review of intelligent building construction: a passive solar architecture approach. Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, v. 14, Oct. 2010: 2238-2242.



Selected materials available in the Science Reading Room pamphlet boxes include the following:

Light, Kristen. An efficient way to harness the sun’s power. Science & technology review, Mar. 2010: 21-23.

Margolis, R., and J. Zuboy. Nontechnical barriers to solar energy use: review of recent literature. Golden, CO, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sept. 2006. 26 p.

Solar powering your community: a guide for local governments. 2nd ed. Golden, CO, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Jan. 2011. 163 p.

Solar Technology Roadmap Act: bill summary & status, 111th Congress (2009-2010) H.R. 3585. Washington, Congressional Research Service, the Library of Congress, 2010. 4 p.
URL: (see CRS Summary)

Technology roadmap: solar photovoltaic energy. Paris, International Energy Agency, c2010. 17 p.

Tollefson, Jeff. US seeks solar flair for fuels. Nature, v. 466, July 29, 2010: 541.

Where are the Solar Decathlon houses now? Washington, U.S. Dept. of Energy. Solar Decathlon, Nov. 2010. 3 p.



The following websites accessed in March 2011 offer a glimpse of the growing volume of solar energy information available on the Internet.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
   NREL’s website provides a variety of educational resources on each of the major solar technologies

Passive Solar Building Design
   This site comprehensively covers the subject and provides additional links on various passive solar techniques.

Solar Companies
   Contains a directory of solar energy companies and solar services throughout the United States.

Solar Cookers International (SCI)
   Headquartered in Sacramento, California, SCI is a non-profit organization which promotes food cooking and water pasteurization using solar power. Its Solar Cooking archive contains useful resources for different aspects of solar cooking.


Photo: solar collectors shaped like large satellite dishes.
Parabolic solar collection dishes called SunCatchers™. These collectors focus the rays from their many mirrors onto a small area, generating an intense amount of heat and energy. From the Sandia National Laboratories Website.

Solar Decathlon
   A biennial competition sponsored by the U. S. Dept. of Energy, Solar Decathlon brings 20 teams of college and university students from around the world to compete in designing, building, and operating a home powered exclusively by the sun. The next competition will be held in the Fall of 2011 at the West Potomac Park of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
   SEIA is a national trade association of solar energy manufactures, distributors, architects, and consultants which provides up-to-date information on federal and state issues and legislation that affects the solar industry.

Solar Living Institute
    Solar Living Institute is a non-profit solar and sustainability organization which provides training programs for those who wish to live sustainably, to prepare for job opportunities, or to start a business in the solar industry.

Solar Plaza
   A multilingual database which provides up-to-date international news, events, conferences, and employment opportunities in solar industry.

Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG)
   Maintained by the National Institute of Building Sciences, WBDG is an authoritative and comprehensive building website. Articles on all relevant solar topics are included.

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