Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3371 - Solar Power (2011)

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MODULE TITLESolar Power CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM3371 MODULE CONVENERDr Justin Hinshelwood (Coordinator), Professor George Smith
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
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DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
An advanced course covering all aspects of solar thermal energy production and solar photovoltaic power generation including: resource estimation, equipment design and selection, deployment, economics and environmental impact.
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SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Introduction to the potential solar resource: • Understanding of the geographical variance of solar radiation and the factors that influence it. • Assessing potential for exploitation of solar energy. • Resource measurement & characterisation (laboratory experiment) • Direct & diffuse solar radiation. (laboratory experiment) • Computation of sunpath diagrams (computer workshop) Active solar thermal systems: • Nature of applications, multiple uses of technology. • Flat plate collectors • Evacuated tube collectors • System design and integration • Installation • Commissioning procedures • Performance • Fit of supply to demand accounting for variations in availability of solar resource. Large scale solar thermal electricity • Parabolic dish / Stirling engine systems • Heliostat systems • Trough concentrators Photovoltaic (PV) systems: • Introduction to semi-conductor physics. • Historical development of PV technology. • Fabrication methods. • Operational characteristics for multiple PV technologies. • Installation: grid connected, domestic and off-grid. • Performance of various PV technologies. • Cost curve, learning curve, innovation and development. • Consideration of PV technologies to include: Amorphous silicon, Mono-crystalline silicon, Poly-crystalline silicon, Cadmium Telluride (CdTe), Copper-Indium-Diselenide (CIS) Integration to distribution systems: • Technical and regulatory concerns. • Environmental impact. • Financial appraisal. Use of PV in developing countries.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
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CREDIT VALUE 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM2288
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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