The book

A new book by Philip Wolfe

The Solar Generation

Childhood and adolescence of terrestrial photovoltaics

About the book

Well before the end of this century, solar will be the world’s dominant energy source. This book will look at the pioneering years of terrestrial PV from its inception following the 'oil shock' of 1973 to the end of the last millennium.

The main focus will be on how the PV business grew - often in the face of overwhelming scepticism or apathy. It isn't intended as a textbook; more about Berman than Becquerel, Ovshinsky than Czochralski! It will be complementary to, but distinctive from, excellent books by John Perlin, Wolfgang Palz, Peter Varadi and others. This book will focus less on the chronology; more on the people, achievements, events and organisations - and the excitement of being part of something new and important. There’s a draft of the proposed contents here.

Who will read it? The book will initially be of most interest to the hundreds of thousands of people active in the sector, and those who support, equip and finance them. But when PV really is the leading energy source, other enquiring minds may also want to know where it all came from.

Also by Philip Wolfe:


When I fell acidentally into the PV industry in the early 1970's, only a few dozen people were involved. Some, sadly, are no longer with us.


Some of the hundreds of thousands now engaged in the sector may want to know how, why and where it all started ....

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