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EG503V: SOLAR ENERGY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

This course aims to provide a broad 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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

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Course Description

This course studies all aspects of solar energy including the concept, resources, technologies, practical implementation, development, barriers, environmental and sustainable issues. Some case studies are investigated for solar energy projects.

The syllabus is the following:

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

2. Solar cell and solar panel equivalent circuit and electrical model

3. DC/DC and DC/AC converters with application in PV systems

4. Maximum power point tracking (MPPT)

5. Solar thermal power generation

6. Solar energy storage systems

7. Stand-alone and grid-tied PV systems design



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

Coursework (30%)

Online open book exam (70%)

Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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