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Course Undergraduate
Semester Electives
Subject Code AE479
Subject Title Solar Thermal Energy


Introductory aspects of non-renewable and renewable energy sources – fundamentals of thermal radiation – resource assessment – solar radiation concepts – solar-earth geometry – models to predict global and daily and hourly irradiation.

Solar collection theory and technologies (non-concentrating): heat transfer in solar collectors – basic modeling aspects – steady and dynamic analysis – performance parameters.

Solar concentration systems and receivers: overview and introduction to concentration optics – concentration ratio and thermodynamic maximum – linear concentration: trough and linear Fresnel – point concentration: dish and tower (central receiver system).

Thermal storage: need for thermal storage – methods – simple models.

Solar power generation systems: overview and types of systems – components and sub systems – aspects of design and performance prediction.

Solar cooling: solar liquid absorption and solar solid sorption technologies.

Text Books

 Same as References


1. Boyle, G., Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future, 3rd ed., Oxford Univ. Press (2012).

2. Duffie, J. A. and Beckman, W. A., Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, John Wiley (1991).

3. Sukhatme, S. P. and Nayak, J. K., Solar Energy: Principles of Thermal Collection and Storage, 3rd ed., McGraw-Hill (2009).