Solar thermal systems are capable of providing a diverse range of energy services. In this course students explore the potential for solar thermal to address imminent global energy challenges. Topics covered include low and high temperature solar thermal energy collectors, solar thermal conversion processes, thermal energy storage, systems design and control. This course is a capstone course for the Thermal systems and Energy Systems stream in the Renewable Energy major. Theoretical material is balanced with practical experience in laboratories and design case studies. Students are encouraged to apply knowledge gained in these courses to the design of solar thermal systems in a systems engineering context.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon course completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the concepts of energy quality and energy services in a systems engineering context
- Discuss the niche/roles for solar thermal systems
- Understand the potential impact of solar thermal systems
- Understand the solar resource and be able to use this knowledge for design of solar thermal systems
- Balance theoretical and practical aspects of solar thermal design
- Analyse simple solar thermal systems through software modelling and understand the limitations of such models
- Carry out experimental investigations of solar thermal systems and understand the implications of the results
- Produce engineering reports on experimental investigations and on design studies.
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies
- Homework assignments (30%)
- Laboratores (20%)
- Final exam (50%)
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- 3 lectures per week
- 2 tutorials per week starting from week 2
- 2 x 2-hour laboratories
- Approximately 6 hours of independent study is required on average per week, in addition to contact hours.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe primary recommended textbook is:
- J. Duffie, W.Beckman, Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, Third Edition, John Wiley and Sons Inc, 2006.
An alternative textbook is:
- S. Sukhatme, J Nayak, Solar Energy - Principles of Thermal Collection and Storage. Third edition. McGraw Hill Education, 2013.
Preliminary ReadingRevision notes will be posted online before the classes begin.
• Solar Power Plants, Springer-Verlag, Winter, Sizmann and Vant-Hull
- Concentrating solar power technology: Principles, developments and applications, Lovegrove and Stein
- Thermal Design and Optimisation, Bejan Tsatatonis and Michael Moran
- Applied Solar Energy: An Introduction, A.B. Meinel, M.P. Menel
- Solar Energy Engineering, A.A.M. Sayeigh
- Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems, Soteris A. Kalogirou
Assumed KnowledgeSound understanding of the principles of heat transfer
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2509||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|