The course covers fundamentals of solar radiation, solar energy utilization; solar thermal systems design used for high and low temperature application, solar




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Course Title:

SOLAR ENERGY

Course Code:

PHX 4115

Course Level:




Credit Units:




Prerequisite Course(s):







Course Description:

The course covers fundamentals of solar radiation, solar energy utilization; solar thermal systems design used for high and low temperature application, solar photovoltaic systems and sizing of solar home systems.

Course Aims:




Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Differentiate between terrestrial and extraterrestrial radiation

  • State and explain factors that attenuate solar radiation in the atmosphere

  • Describe solar radiation incident on a horizontal and inclined surfaces

  • Describe the properties of selective surfaces suitable of solar energy applications;

  • Describe the principle used in solar photovoltaics;

  • Explain I-V characteristic of a solar cell;

  • Size a solar home system

Indicative Content:

Content

Hours

Solar Radiation Fundamentals: The sun, sun-earth geometry; solar constant; extraterrestrial and terrestrial radiation; spectral distribution; and black-body radiation.

Attenuation of radiation by the atmosphere; air mass; direct, diffuse and global radiation; solar radiation on horizontal and inclined surfaces; and measurement of solar radiation.



9

Solar Energy utilization: Fundamentals of heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation; optical properties, reflection and refraction at dielectric interfaces, transmittance and reflectance of single and multiple glazing, optical efficiency.

6


Solar thermal systems: Types of solar thermal systems – flat plate collectors;

concentrators and their design; trackers; efficiency of the collectors; heat exchangers and heat pumps.

6


Solar photovoltaic: Semiconductor physics; solar cells; I-V characteristics; a module and an array; efficiency of photovoltaic devices; photovoltaic array and systems.



6

System sizing: Thermal and photovoltaic

3

Laboratory work & Tutorial: Several laboratory exercises related to theory will be carried out

15 (30 contact hrs)

TOTAL

45 = 3 CU



Teaching and Learning Pattern:

Teaching will be by self study, lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials.

Assessment Methods:

The assessment will be in the form of tests, assignments, laboratory sessions (40%) and a final written exam (60%).

Reading List:

John Twidell and Tony Weir. Renewable Energy Resources. Taylor & Francis Gp (1986) (Textbook)

John A. Duffie and William A. Beckman. Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes. John Wiley & Sons.

M. Iqbal. An Introduction to Solar Radiation. Academic Press.

William B. Stine. Solar Energy Fundamentals and Design with Computer Applications. John Wiley & Sons.

Course Facilitator(s):



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