Solar Energy

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Solar Energy

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Engineering Science, Environmental Engineering, Systems Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE COMPLETED:

    Thermal Engineering
    Heat Power Plants

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Solar Energy (280 - 15072)
    Study: Bachelor in Energy Engineering
    Semester 2/Spring Semester
    3rd Year Course/Upper Division

    STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE COMPLETED:

    Thermal Engineering
    Heat Power Plants

    Competences and Skills that will be Acquired and Learning Results:

    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: Course Description

    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. Multimode heat transfer
    4. SOLAR ENERGY COLLECTORS. Flat plate collector. Thermal analysis. Compound Parabolic collector and evacuated tube collector.
    5. THERMOSOLAR POWER. Concentrating collectors
    6. STORAGE. HYBRID SYSTEMS. INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES: SOLAR DESALINATION and SOLAR DRYING.
    7. PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS. Seminconductors. Types of PV. Materials. Related equipment: power trackers. Efficiency.
    8. PV Applications: 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.

    - 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:

    Two mid-term exams (partial examination): 30% of the final mark

    Practical laboratory work: 20% of the final mark

    Final exam at the end of the semester: 50% of the final mark. Minimum mark: 4/10

    Basic Bibliography:

    F.P. INCROPERA & DE WITT. FUNDAMENTALS OF HEAT TRANSFER. Willey.
    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.

    Additional Bibliography:

    James L. Threlkeld. Thermal Environmental Engineering. Pretince-Hall. 1970

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.