|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject 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
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILO)
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Identify the potential and limitations of solar energy as an alternative source of energy
- Analyse the distribution and variability of solar energy availability, and the limitations of solar energy devices
- Create solar energy system designs for sustainable energy solutions.
- 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
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 coordinator Lu Aye Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 36 hours (Lectures/Tutorials: 3 hours per week) Total time commitment 200 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
Associate Professor Lu Aye
Time commitment details
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.
- Subject notes
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
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.
INDICATIVE KEY LEARNING RESOURCES
- 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
CAREERS / INDUSTRY LINKS
Australian Solar Energy Council
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Doctor of Philosophy - Engineering Course Master of Engineering Structures Course Master of Energy Systems Course Master of Environmental Engineering Course Master of Philosophy - Engineering Course Ph.D.- Engineering Major Climate Change Major Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation Major Energy Studies Specialisation (formal) Civil Major Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation Major Energy Studies Specialisation (formal) Environmental Major Tailored Specialisation Major Tailored Specialisation Major Tailored Specialisation
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
Additional information for this subject
Subject coordinator approval required
- Available to Study Abroad and Exchange students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.