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EG503V: SOLAR ENERGY (2021-2022)

Last modified: 14 Dec 2021 12:25

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
  • Dr Aliakbar Jamshidi Far

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

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Are there a limited number of places available?


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



In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 9 - 19
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 19

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Summative Assessments

Coursework (25%)

Online open book exam (75%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluate•Evaluate effectiveness of different sources of energy•Quantify the energy potential (heat, power and transport) from different sources of energy
ReflectionUnderstand•Discuss and explain the sources of solar energy industries•Describe and discuss the challenges facing the solar based energy industries •Carry out the design and analysis of a solar based plant
ReflectionCreate•Communicate in writing to technical experts and the wider public•Demonstrate advanced reasoning skills•Present complex information in an intelligible fashion
ReflectionUnderstandA: General knowledge and understanding of:•The nature of different sources of solar, their availability and energy value.•The technologies available for the conversion of solar energy.

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