Solar Thermal Energy Systems 814

This module focuses on concentrating solar power (CSP) but also covers solar water heating (SWH) and other solar thermal applications. Whilst considering the state-of-the-art, the emphasis of the module is on first principles and technical fundamentals. The content will cover: Introduction and review of thermal sciences (heat transfer, thermodynamics etc); solar energy physics and radiation principles; the solar resource and resource measurements; optics for solar thermal; solar thermal collectors; principles of energy balance for concentrating and non-concentrating solar thermal energy systems; power generation; thermal energy storage; other applications; modelling and analysis techniques; basic economics.

An undergraduate degree in engineering. The student must be comfortable with basic computer programming. Knowledge of some thermal science will be a benefit.

This module is a first semester module with weekly 2 hour lectures.

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