• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering

This course conveys the principles of solar thermal engineering. The topics covered include low- and high-temperature solar thermal energy collectors, solar thermal conversion processes, thermal energy storage, systems design and control. Theoretical material is balanced with practical experience in laboratories and design case studies. It is a capstone course for Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer stream in the Renewable Energy Systems major.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, 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

  1. Homework assignments (30%)
  2. Laboratory (20%)
  3. Exam (50%)

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3 lectures per week, 1 tutorials per week, 2 x 2-hour laboratory per semester, Approximately 5 hours of independent study is required on average per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN3224. Incompatible with ENGN6525

Prescribed Texts

The recommended textbook is:
  • D.Y. Goswami. Principles of Solar Energy Engineering. CRC Press, Boca Raton, third edition, 2015.

Assumed Knowledge

Sound understanding of the principles of heat transfer




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3852
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $5130
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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
8193 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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