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. This is one of the generation technology courses in the Master of Engineering in Renewable Energy.
Upon successful 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
- Apply multi-disciplinary engineering science principles to analyse complex solar thermal systems
Professional Skills Mapping:
- Assignments (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
- Laboratory (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
- Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
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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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