• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering, Solar Energy
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Wojciech Lipinski
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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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:

  1. Apply systematic engineering methods to design and analyse solar thermal energy systems, including balancing practical and theoretical aspects of design.
  2. Identify and critically evaluate the potential impact and role for solar thermal technologies in energy systems.
  3. Proficiently apply advanced technical knowledge of the solar resource for design of solar thermal systems.
  4. Understand the concepts of energy quality and energy services in a systems engineering context.
  5. Analyse simple solar thermal systems through software modelling and understand the limitations of such models.
  6. Carry out experimental investigations of solar thermal systems and assess the implications of the results.
  7. Communicate results effectively in written form.

Other Information

Professional Skills Mapping: 

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Design Project (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  2. Laboratory (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  3. Assignments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  4. Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]

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Four lectures per week

One two-hour tutorial per week starting from week 1

Two two-hour laboratory sessions

Six hours of independent study on average per week

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements for this course is currently not available.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

J.A. Duffie and W.A. Beckman. Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, fourth edition, 2013.

Assumed Knowledge

Sound understanding of the principles of fluid mechanics and heat transfer .


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7587 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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