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EG503W: 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 Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Khaled Ahmed

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.

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

Three hour witten examination (70%)

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

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback will be provided on any marked assignments within two weeks of submission.

Course Learning Outcomes

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