American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences


This special issue is devoted to the integrated study of photovoltaics and will be published to give researchers appreciation of where the discipline has come from. We aim to provide an advanced forum for studies related to the proposed fields with all topics below. The objective of this special issue is to present recent advances and emerging cross-disciplinary in the field of photovoltaics engineering. The impact of new emerging markets in c-Si photovoltaic production (PV) has pulled down its price in the last decade, giving little space to new generation PV: the range of efficiency-cost that was before expected to be covered by amorphous silicon multi-junction PV and I-III-V and II-VI group alloys (e.g. CIGS, CIS, CdTe), was later on occupied by a kind of new first generation PV, with worthless improvements from the new generation side. This fact represented a challenge even for the so-called third-generation PV, the very high efficiency III-V compound devices (e.g. InGaP/InGaAs/Ge) for concentrating PV applications: at cell efficiencies below 40% CPV is still hardly competitive with new generation c-Si flat panel modules, with efficiencies above 20% at one sun. Failure analysis is also growing in importance and in parallel both with new product development and with old power plant monitoring. Within this competitive landscape, all research centres involved in the research, development, production and monitoring of PV products need independent verification and high-quality accredited measurements in the development process. There are new challenges on the indoor and outdoor electrical, thermal, optical and mechanical characterization of PV cells and modules. Some challenges arise from the application of standard procedures to products having technical aspects (e.g. geometries, optical, electrical or thermal characteristics) that were not taken into account when standard procedures where developed and to which standard procedures need to be adapted. Other challenges arise from the need of new standards for new characterization methods.

The special issue will thus focus on both the aspects above, asking researchers among the world best experts in the fields to describe the new characterization challenges and to discuss these new challenges. Among various characterization techniques that will be discussed: electrical characterization of single and multi-junction flat-panel PV module; spectral characterization and thermal characterization; characterization of bi-facial modules and of novel architectures; photoluminescence and innovative imaging techniques; performance dependence on total irradiance and of the angle of incidence; PV modeling.

This issue will publish reviews and research articles. There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Full experimental and methodological details, as applicable, must be provided. The American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences is an open access peer reviewed technical journal which publishes original research contributions and is an unparalleled resource for key advances in the field of engineering. Scope of the journal includes but not limited to applied physics and applied mathematics, automation and control, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, data engineering and software engineering, earth and environmental engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering and operations research, information technology and informatics, materials science, measurement and metrology, mechanical engineering, medical physics, power engineering, signal processing and telecommunications.

Manuscripts regarding original research proposals and research ideas would be highly appreciated. Manuscripts containing summaries and surveys on research cooperation and actual and future projects (as those founded by national governments or others) are likewise appreciated, as they provide interesting information for a broad field of users.

All accepted papers of this special issue will be published free of charge.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. Solar Cells
  2. Photovoltaic Systems
  3. Photovoltaics Development, Efficiency and Growth
  4. Environmental Impact of Photovoltaic Technologies
  5. Photovoltaics Manufacturing
  6. Photovoltaics Applications
  7. Photovoltaics Advantages
  8. Production and Monitoring of PV
  9. Solar Farms

Guest Editors

Mauro PravettoniResearcher, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland
Gianluca CorbelliniResearcher, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland
Alessandro VirtuaniResearcher, Private Consultant, Italy
Matteo MarzoliResearcher, Private Consultant, Italy
Matthew NortonResearcher, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Research Article

Fast and Robust Maximum Power Point Tracking for Solar Photovoltaic Systems

Pages : 755-769

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.755.769

Published On : January 17, 2016

A Novel Prototype of a Small-Scale Solar Power Plant: dynamic Simulation and Thermoeconomic Analysis

Pages : 770-788

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.770.788

Published On : February 8, 2016

Design Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) on Photovoltaic Panels using Fuzzy Logic Method

Pages : 789-797

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.789.797

Published On : August 10, 2016


Near Critical Carbon Dioxide Sorption Induced Crystallization in PET

Pages : 846-853

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.846.853

Published On : June 18, 2016

Dynamic Simulation and Optimum Operation Strategy of a Trigeneration System Serving a Hospital

Pages : 854-867

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.854.867

Published On : August 29, 2016

Evaluation and Sociolinguistic Analysis of Text Features for Gender and Age Identification

Pages : 868-876

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.868.876

Published On : September 25, 2016

Piezoelectric Co-Rotational 3-Node Shell Element

Pages : 902-912

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.902.912

Published On : October 15, 2016

Control of Bubble Formation at the Optical Fiber Tip by Analyzing Ultrasound Acoustic Waves

Pages : 921-927

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.921.927

Published On : November 2, 2016

Literature Review

Impact of Building Function on Thermal Comfort: A Review Paper

Pages : 928-945

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.928.945

Published On : November 2, 2016

A Brief Introduction to the Bird Strike Numerical Simulation

Pages : 946-950

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.946.950

Published On : November 4, 2016

Periodontal Bone Substitutes Application Techniques and Cost Evaluation: A Review

Pages : 951-961

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.951.961

Published On : November 8, 2016

Review Article

A Perspective on 3D Bioprinting Technology: Present and Future

Pages : 985-990

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.985.990

Published On : November 16, 2016

Mitochondria are Naturally Micro Robots - A review

Pages : 991-1002

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.991.1002

Published On : November 18, 2016

We are Addicted to Vitamins C and E-A Review

Pages : 1003-1018

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1003.1018

Published On : November 19, 2016

Biomimetic and Evolutionary Design Driven Innovation in Sustainable Products Development

Pages : 1027-1036

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1027.1036

Published On : November 24, 2016

The Effect of Vessel Speed on Fuel Consumption and Exhaust Gas Emissions

Pages : 1046-1053

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1046.1053

Published On : November 25, 2016

The Effect of RSA Exponential Key Growth on the Multi-Core Computational Resource

Pages : 1054-1061

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1054.1061

Published On : November 25, 2016

Future Medicine Services Robotics

Pages : 1062-1087

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1062.1087

Published On : November 26, 2016

Recent Advances in Point of Care Diagnostic Tools: A Review

Pages : 1088-1095

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1088.1095

Published On : November 28, 2016

Hybrid Ceramo-Polymeric Nanocomposite for Biomimetic Scaffolds Design and Preparation

Pages : 1096-1105

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1096.1105

Published On : November 30, 2016

Present a Mechatronic System Having Able to Determine the Concentration of Carotenoids

Pages : 1106-1111

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1106.1111

Published On : December 7, 2016

One Can Slow Down the Aging through Antioxidants

Pages : 1112-1126

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1112.1126

Published On : December 8, 2016

Analysis and Mechanical Design Solutions for Sit-To-Stand Assisting Devices

Pages : 1134-1143

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1134.1143

Published On : December 11, 2016

Technique for In-Vivo Measurements of Heart Deformation Using Digital Image Correlation

Pages : 1144-1149

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1144.1149

Published On : December 14, 2016

Effects of Playing Surface and Shoe Type on ACL Tears in Soccer Players

Pages : 1150-1157

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1150.1157

Published On : December 15, 2016

Potentiality of Biogas as Renewable Energy Technology and its role for the Conservation of Environment

Pages : 1158-1163

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1158.1163

Published On : December 16, 2016

About Homeopathy or ≪Similia Similibus Curentur≫

Pages : 1164-1172

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1164.1172

Published On : December 16, 2016

Exploitation of Battery Energy Storage in Load Frequency Control -A Literature Survey

Pages : 1173-1188

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1173.1188

Published On : December 17, 2016

The Basic Elements of Life's

Pages : 1189-1197

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1189.1197

Published On : December 17, 2016

Fatigue Life Prediction of Screw Blade in Screw Sand Washing Machine under Random Load with Gauss Distribution

Pages : 1198-1212

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1198.1212

Published On : December 22, 2016

Flexible Stem Trabecular Prostheses

Pages : 1213-1221

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1213.1221

Published On : December 22, 2016

Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Optimizing a Temporally Redistributing Support Interface

Pages : 1222-1231

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1222.1231

Published On : December 22, 2016

Smart Orthopaedic Implants: Applications in Total Knee Arthroplasty

Pages : 1232-1238

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1232.1238

Published On : December 23, 2016

Recent Results on the Brittle Fracture of Terfenol-D Specimens under Magnetic Field

Pages : 1239-1246

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1239.1246

Published On : December 28, 2016

A Review of Recent Results on 3D Effects

Pages : 1247-1260

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1247.1260

Published On : December 28, 2016

Three-Dimensional in Bonded Joints: A Short Review

Pages : 1261-1268

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1261.1268

Published On : December 31, 2016

Multiaxial Fatigue Strength to Notched specimens made of 40CrMoV13.9

Pages : 1269-1291

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1269.1291

Published On : December 31, 2016

Key-Hole Notches in Isostatic Graphite: A Review of Some Recent Data

Pages : 1292-1300

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1292.1300

Published On : December 31, 2016