Undergraduate Course: Solar Energy Conversion 5 (ELEE11085)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course presents and assesses the fundamentals of solar energy conversion. It starts with a discussion of the resource and the mechanisms of its propagation through the atmosphere up to the point of conversion. It then discusses the various conversion processes (solar heating/cooling, concentrated thermal power generation and the photovoltaic phenomenon). The state-of-the-art of each of these technologies is then discussed, including their market and economic aspects.
The course includes a project, for which the students working in groups, undertake the design and dimensioning of a solar energy conversion system. Their results are submitted as a group report and presented at a poster session during the last lecture of the term.
- The sun and the solar spectrum
- Effects of Earth's atmosphere, orbit and rotation on insolation
- Solar water heating systems
- Solar space heating and cooling
- Solar thermal power generation
- Semiconductors for photovoltaics
- Power electronics for photovoltaics
- Grid-connected PV systems
- Network integration aspects
- Isolated PV systems
- Solar energy storage
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Any visiting student registering to this course should possess the following:
- Solid understanding of electrical engineering principles
- Competency in Power Systems
- Competency in Power Electronics
- Basic understanding in thermal processes.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
6 1 hour tutorials in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 11
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework (100%) Group report and poster.
||Formative feedback is given in the form of an exam-level question answered by the students during a tutorial session. The solution is then discussed, indicating the common errors made by students and presenting a marking template for the students to self- or peer-mark.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the nature of the solar energy resource
- Appreciate the mechanisms and the technologies of solar energy conversion including passive and active solar heating, concentrated solar thermal power generation and photovoltaics
- Appreciate the market dynamics and the economics of solar energy
- Understand the differences between grid-connected vs. isolated systems and the implications of energy storage
- Complete the dimensioning and system design for a solar thermal and/or photovoltaic array
|Main textbook: |
Kalogirou, S. A. Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems, Academic Press, 2009, ISBN-10: 0123745012
Some of the material taught is based on journal papers to be handed out by the Course Organiser.
Messenger, R. A., Ventre, J., Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, 2nd ed., CRC Press, 2003, ISBN-10: 0849317932
Foster, R., Ghassemi, M., Cota, A., Solar Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment, CRC Press, 2009, ISBN-10: 1420075667
Goswami, D. Y., Kreith, F., Kreider, J. F., Principles of Solar Engineering, CRC Press, 2000, ISBN-10: 1560327146
Boyle, G. Renewable Energy, 2nd ed., OUP Oxford, 2004, ISBN-10: 0199261784
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||11 2-hour lectures and 6 tutorials.
|Keywords||Solar Energy,Solar Power,Photovoltaics
|Course organiser||Dr Aristides Kiprakis
Tel: (0131 6)50 5586
|Course secretary||Miss Jo Aitkenhead
Tel: (0131 6)50 5532