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EG503V: SOLAR ENERGY (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

To provide an understanding of generation from solar sources, the associated technologies and the main technical challenges.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Davide Dionisi

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course examines the solar energy industries including resources, technologies, practical implementation, development, barriers, environmental and sustainable issues. Some case studies are investigated for solar energy projects. Students will carry out a design project to enhance their intellectual ability and transferable skills.


Sun solar spectrum, effects of earth's atmosphere, orbit and rotation on insolation

Concentrated solar thermal power generation

Externalities of solar energy conversion

Cost considerations of solar energy conversion

Power electronics devices for photovoltaics

Grid-connected PV systems

Isolated PV systems storage

Network integration, connection standards, codes and practice

A detailed design project of a PV energy conversion based system

Further Information & Notes

For students studying for the MSc Renewable Energy Engineering

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: Three hour written examination (70%); plus essay (30%).

The re-sit will comprise of re-doing the failed element/s (exam and/or coursework assessment/s) from the 1st attempt with a maximum CGS mark of D3. The marks for other elements (successfully passed) will be carried over. Resit mark of either RP or RF will be recorded.

Formative Assessment

The course will include opportunities to assess individual progress with the concepts and material being delivered via continuous assessment exercises. Feedback will be given over the course during the tutorial sessions. 


Marked submissions (typically via MyAberdeen) will be returned to the students promptly, including feedback on the laboratory exercises. Whole-class feedback and solutions to past assignment or exams are provided via MyAberdeen.

Course Learning Outcomes

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