• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Wojciech Lipinski
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon course completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand the concepts of energy quality and energy services in a systems engineering context 
  2. Discuss the niche/roles for solar thermal systems 
  3. Understand the potential impact of solar thermal systems 
  4. Understand the solar resource and be able to use this knowledge for design of solar thermal systems 
  5. Balance theoretical and practical aspects of solar thermal design
  6. Analyse simple solar thermal systems through software modelling and understand the limitations of such models 
  7. Carry out experimental investigations of solar thermal systems and understand the implications of the results 
  8. Produce engineering reports on experimental investigations and on design studies.
Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

Indicative Assessment

  • 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

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN3224.

Prescribed Texts

The 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 Reading

Revision 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 Knowledge

Sound understanding of the principles of heat transfer




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8346 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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