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Mohamed Sacko

Debra Dagher
Writing and Inquiry Academic Context II
31 May 2015
Work Cited
Rajgor, G. "Solar City Showcase." Refocus. 7.5 (2006): 60-61. Print.
Nowadays, almost every future oriented city is focusing its effort into researching clean
alternative energies and Australian cities are no exceptions. As part of that effort, the
Australian federal government intends to provide solar energy for general usage in houses
and businesses for the future. Primary researches have shown that it will cost 75 million
AUD to develop clean and low cost energy infrastructures. The paradox with solar energy
is that energy consumption increases as solar radiation augments. In that regard, the city
of Adelaide known for its abundant sunshine was chosen to pioneer the program and raise
awareness for the potential of solar energy. An estimate of 1700 solar panels coupled
with 7000 usage meters should allow an average saving of 200 AUD per household.
Those solar panels would provide a saving of about 9 megawatts that could be allocated
elsewhere where they are needed. With all that said and provided the constant innovation
in the domain of solar energy, it has become easier to power cities using only solar energy
thus providing a path to energy independence.
This article is probably the one that answers to my inquiry questions the best. It agrees
with my previous understanding of a solar city. Abundant sun radiation and initial
investment are the most important parts of such project. In addition, it is encouraging to

know that huge efforts are being made to propel the technology forward. This article
allows me to further my research towards solar technologies.
I know that this article is credible because it was written by Gail Rajgor an Energy
Industry Editor. In addition, the article was peer reviewed and published by Refocus.
Refocus is actually the world's leading platform for high quality peer-reviewed full-text
Rajgor, G. "Microinverters - a Solar Game Changer." Renewable Energy Focus. 14.3 (2013): 1617. Print.
The central inverter system known as the method of installing modules in series on a roof
has always been the norm when it comes to solar energy. While relatively easy to
implement, this method is very inefficient and requires training and certification to
operate according to Paul Nahi director of Enphase Energy. Founded in 2006, the
company built the Enphase Microinverter System which allows each panel to work
independently and provides an automated process for all operations and maintenance. In
a glance, the microinverter system provides an intelligent energy collection process by
using a specialized software. The output direct current is then converted to alternative
current for maximum efficiently. As a result, the Enphase M215 known as the most
efficient microinverter is capable of delivering 96% efficiency which is 25% more than
traditional solar systems.
That article particularly caught my curiosity. Up to now, I had always thought that the
traditional central inverter system was the only option available. This article showed me
that there are other technologies out there more efficient and intuitive than the central
inverter system.

I know that this article is credible because it was written by Gail Rajgor an Energy
Industry Editor. In addition, the article was peer reviewed and published by Refocus.
Golussin, Mirjana, Sinissa Dodic, and Stevan Popov. Sustainable Energy Management. Walthan,
Mass: Academmic Press, 2013.
In the past years advance in the technology of energy production was undeniable despite
poor management process. We are now in the era of implementation and better
management practices are required. Energy management can be defined as the means of
minimizing, controlling and optimizing energy usage. The planning, analysis,
development and optimization of sustainable energy production projects are discussed to
offer corporations and engineers guidelines to develop new technologies for the future.
This process could save them as much as 25% energy cost. The success and failure
stories of similar projects in China, Brazil, India, Brazil, the US and Europe will be the
center of the examples. A particular emphasis will be put on the development cycle of
energy development projects of various scales while providing software solutions.
The title of this eBook immediately caught my attention. When going through the
chapters, I have realized that they deal with Energy Management Planning, Control and
Implementation, Methods and Techniques for Implementation of Sustainable Energy
Management, Strategic Priorities of Sustainable Energy Development and Monitoring
which would definitely be very helpful if I ever have to conceive a solar energy system.
This book was written by Mirjana Golusin (Professor of Environmental Science, Educons
University, Serbia), Stevan Popov (Professor and Department Chair of Biotechnology
Engineering, University of Novi Sad, Serbia) and Sinisa Dodic (Process Design Engineer

& Professor of Technology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia). It was published by

Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier under the ISBN 9780123914279
Camacho, E F. Control of Solar Energy Systems. London: Springer, 2012.
Control systems can exponentially increase solar systems efficiency while tackling their
shortcomings. Various systems such thermal energy, photovoltaic generation or solar
furnaces are discussed in these book series. The second issue is about issues such as
heliostat calibration, characterization and offset correction; solar radiation, estimation,
prediction, and computation. In addition, integrated control of solar plants are covered.
This particular eBook is mostly about case studies and simulation that will allow the
design of an accurate solar system control.
The first time that I heard of Solar Systems control I was particularly impressed. It
consists of following the sun through its path to get maximum radiation. As the title of
this book mentioned, the author walks through the methods and applications used to get
closer to that theoretical maximum radiation.
This book was written by E. F. Camacho is one of the Editor of the Control Engineering
Practice Journal, Associate Editor of the European Journal of Control, Chairman of the
IFAC Publication Committee, chair of the IEEE CSS International Affairs Committee,
and Vice president of the European Union Control Association. He received help from
Diego Martinez director of the "Plataforma Solar de Almeria". The book was published
by Springer-Verlag London under the ISBN 978-0-85729-916-1
Hurley, Phillip. Solar II: How to Design, Build and Set up Photovoltaic Components and Solar
Electric Systems. Wheelock, VT: Wheelock Mountain Publications, 2012. Print.

As its name implies, this book by Hurley introduces to the design and set up of a
photovoltaic solar system. He presents a step by step process to calculate daily electrical
usage and needs, plan and size your solar electric system, build racks and charge
controllers, mount and orient PV panels, wire solar panel arrays, make a ventilated
battery box and wire battery arrays for solar panels.
I have own that book for the past five pays and it is probably one of the catalysts to my
obsession with solar energy systems. I have used the book to install my first ever solar
panel and it was a huge success. I believe that I could use this book to get the basics of
my research done.
This book was published by Phillip Hurley a renewable energy technician who has a deep
understand of solar panel installation and operation. He has over 10 years of experience
in the field.