Solar Energy Subsystems

Module Title Solar Energy Subsystems
Module Type E
CompetencyReviewing different technologies of solar energy
Courses Title Teaching Method SWS Credits Performance requirements/Examination
Solar Energy Collectors
lecture, exercise 3 3
  • midterm assignments (1/3)
  • final exam (2/3)
PV Solar Energy Materials lecture, exercise 2 2
  • midterm assignments (1/3)
  • final exam (2/3)
Semester winter
Responsible El Alimi
Site Monastir
Lecturer(s) Hacen Dhahri
Souheil El Alimi
Ameni Mokni
Language English
Workload 75 hours course attendance
50 hours self-study
Credits 5
Recommended Qualifications -
Learning Outcomes a) Solar Energy Collectors
After the successful participation in the course Solar Energy Collectors the students are able to:
  • assign output power, delivery temperatures and performance indices for different kinds of solar collectors.
b) PV Solar Energy Materials
After the successful participation in the course PV Solar Energy Materials the students are able to:
  • perceive the physics of photovoltaic cell materials, production and modules structure.
Contents a) Solar Energy Collectors
  • Solar energy: reckoning of time; solar angle; solar radiation; the solar resources.
  • Solar energy collectors: stationary collectors; sun-tracking concentrating collectors; thermal analysis of flat-plate collectors; thermal analysis of air collectors; practical consideration for flat-plate collectors; concentrating collectors;second law analysis; performances of solar collectors.
b) PV Solar Energy Materials
  • Semi-conductors.
  • Photovoltaic panels: PV arrays and types of PV technology.
  • Related equipment: batteries; inverters; charge controller; peak power trackers.
  • Applications: direct-coupled PV system; stand-alone application; grid and hybrid connected systems.
Media Black board and beamer; introductory class meetings, power point presentations, discussions, practical exercises, case studies in groups; formal &interactive.
  • Soteris A Kalogirou, Solar energy engineering processes and systems, Academic Press