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Solar Energy (ENEN90033)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeENEN90033
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


This subject provides the application of principles of solar energy engineering. A number of solar technologies and applications methods are investigated.

This subject uses a project based learning where students work in teams to design a solar system for a particular application considering environmental, social and financial constraints. Students learn to apply the principles of solar energy and design.

Knowledge gained in this subject will allow graduates to practice in the area of renewable energy industry. The subject complements other subjects offered in the energy theme of the Department such as Energy for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering.


  • Introduction to Solar Energy in the energy economy; Fundamental heat & mass transfer; Radiation properties of materials; and selective surfaces
  • Solar Geometry and solar angles; atmospheric effects and radiation prediction; and Solar radiation measurement
  • Flat plate collectors design and performance characteristic
  • Concentrating collectors design and performance characteristic; Evacuated tube collectors
  • Solar System design methods
  • Fundamentals of photovoltaic systems
  • Solar process heating
  • Solar drying, Solar cookers, Green houses and Solar stills
  • Solar water pumping; Solar refrigeration
  • Built environment applications passive and active systems
  • Solar hot water and solar heat pump systems.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Identify the potential and limitations of solar energy as an alternative source of energy
  2. Analyse the distribution and variability of solar energy availability, and the limitations of solar energy devices
  3. Create solar energy system designs for sustainable energy solutions.

Generic skills

  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems, design and operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • One 3-hour examination (50%) at the end of semester. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 3 are addressed in the examination
  • One 2000 word report (30%) due at the end of semester, requiring approximately 50 hours of work. ILOs 1 to 3 are addressed in the report
  • One group task (20%) 1000 words per person, due mid semester, requiring approximately 30 hours of work per student. ILOs 1 to 3 are addressed in the group task.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorLu Aye
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours (Lectures/Tutorials: 3 hours per week)
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

    Semester 1 contact information

    Associate Professor Lu Aye


Time commitment details

200 hours

Further information


There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.



The subject is based on presentations by two expert lecturers and one expert industry person in the field. In addition each student prepares a group research report on a topic of their interest selected from an extensive list. Numerical problems solving based on analysis and design are investigated.


Reference books:

  • John A. Duffie and William A. Beckman 2006 Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, Wiley, Hoboken, N.J.
  • Soteris A. Kalogirou 2009 Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems [electronic resource], Elsevier/Academic Press Burlington, MA.


  • Solar Energy


Australian Solar Energy Council

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Last updated: 11 January 2018