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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply systematic engineering methods to design and analyse solar thermal energy systems, including balancing practical and theoretical aspects of design.
- Identify and critically evaluate the potential impact and role for solar thermal technologies in energy systems.
- Proficiently apply advanced technical knowledge of the solar resource for design of solar thermal systems.
- Understand the concepts of energy quality and energy services in a systems engineering context.
- Analyse simple solar thermal systems through software modelling and understand the limitations of such models.
- Carry out experimental investigations of solar thermal systems and assess the implications of the results.
- Communicate results effectively in written form.
Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies
- Design Project (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
- Laboratory (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
- Assignments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
- 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
Information on inherent requirements for this course is currently not available.
Requisite and Incompatibility
J.A. Duffie and W.A. Beckman. Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, fourth edition, 2013.
Sound understanding of the principles of fluid mechanics and heat transfer .
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