Checking date: 17/05/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Solar Energy
Study: Bachelor in Energy Engineering (280)

Coordinating teacher: MARUGAN CRUZ, CAROLINA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Thermal Engineering Heat Power Plants
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
In this course the basic ideas and calculation procedures that must be understood in order to appreciate how solar processes work and how their performance can be predicted. This includes the capability of analyzing the behaviour of radiation between surfaces, solar radiation and the effect of the atmosphere. Students must be able to determine the thermal behaviour of flat plates and other receivers, as well as the basics of pv panels. A the end of the course the student must be able to: 1) Understand and evaluate problems related to applied renewable energies. 2) Evaluate the solar resource. Understand the nature of the radiation emitted by the sun and incident on the earth's atmosphere. To be able to identify the most important geometric parameters in solar energy and to use and understand solar data. 3) Evaluate the heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation and other thermal engineering problems and to use all these abilities in the design of solar equipment. Design solar thermal power plants. understand the basics of O&M of this plants. 4)Identify the general characteristics of semiconductors, pv panels and related equipment. Understand the applications and methods to design pv systems. 5) Identify the main aspects of energy storage for solar energy
Description of contents: programme
1. SOLAR RADIATION: Solar angles. Solar radiation. Solar resource. 2. RADIATION HEAT TRANSFER: Ideal surface radiation. Real Surface Radiation. Radiation between surfaces. 3. CONVECTION HEAT TRANSFER: Flat plate. Internal Flow. Natural convection. Multimode heat transfer 4. SOLAR ENERGY COLLECTORS. Flat plate collector. Thermal analysis. Evacuated tube collector. 5. LOW TEMPERATURE SOLAR ENERGY FACILITIES. Components and f-chart method 6. THERMOSOLAR POWER. Concentrating collectors for heat production at HIGH temperature 7. PHOTOVOLTAIC ENERGY. Photovoltaic effect. Seminconductors. Solar cells. Types of PV. i-v curve. 8. PV APPLICATIONS:PV panels Related equipment: power trackers, inverters, batteries. Efficiency. Stand-alone/Direct-coupled/Grid connected system.
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures, in which the main theory of the course is presented. To facilitate the learning of the theory, a set of class presentations and notes will be delivered to the students together with a reference list of basic text books. - Practical seminars in class and computer room. These practical sessions will also serve to solve the main practical questions raised by the students about the main processes related to solar energy. - Visit to a solar power plant. Invited talk of an expert in pv/csp - All students will solve problems and/or work on projects intended to improve their knowledge and check their learning progression. - In addition to the questions and problems solved in class, there will be tutorial sessions scheduled at the teacher's office.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • John A. Duffie, William A. Beckman. Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes. Wiley. 2013
  • S.A. Kalogirou. Solar Energy Engineering: processes and systems. Elsevier.
  • Y.A. ÇENGEL & A.J. Ghajar. HEAT and MASS TRANSFER: Fundamentals and Applications. McGraw-Hill.
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • James L. Threlkeld. Thermal Environmental Engineering. Pretince-Hall. 1970
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