Category Adaptive Control of Solar Energy Collector Systems

Foreword

The use of renewable energy, such as solar energy, experienced a great impulse during the second half of the 1970s just after the first big oil crisis. At that time, economic issues were the most important factor and so interest in these types of processes decreased when oil prices fell. There is renewed interest in the use of renewable energies nowadays, driven by the need for reducing the high environ­mental impact produced by the use of fossil energy systems.

One of the greatest scientific and technological opportunities facing us today is to develop efficient ways to collect, convert, store solar energy fundamentals and utilise solar energy at affordable costs...

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Series Editors’ Foreword

The series Advances in Industrial Control aims to report and encourage technology transfer in control engineering. The rapid development of control technology has an impact on all areas of the control discipline. New theory, new controllers, actuators, sensors, new industrial processes, computer methods, new applications, new philosophies…, new challenges. Much of this development work resides in industrial reports, feasibility study papers and the reports of advanced collabora­tive projects. The series offers an opportunity for researchers to present an extended exposition of such new work in all aspects of industrial control for wider and rapid dissemination.

Solar energy collectors are rapidly becoming a common sight in the fabric of urban infrastructure...

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