Coursebooks

Solar energy conversion

ME-468

Lecturer(s) :

Haussener Sophia

Language:

English

Summary

The course will provide fundamentals and technological details of solar energy conversion devices and systems, including 1) solar fuels by photoelectrochemistry, photocatalysis, and solar thermochemistry, 2) solar electricity by PV and concentrated solar power, and 3) solar heat by solar collectors.

Content

The generalities and fundamentals cover: Solar energy characteristics, radiation and electromagnetic wave propagation, multi-mode heat transfer, semiconductor physics, electrochemistry, thermochemistry, fluid flow and species transport.

Solar fuels: Photocatalytic, photoelectrochemical, and solar thermochemical approaches, conversion devices, and technologies.

Solar electricity: PV and concentrated solar power approaches, devices, and technologies.

Solar heat: Low-temperature solar collectors and high-temperature solar receiver, thermal energy storage.

Computational examples and projects: Monte Carlo techniques, finite differences and finite volumes

Experimental techniques with laboratory projects: High-flux solar irradiation measurements, electrochemical techniques

Keywords

Solar energy, electrochemistry, solar fuels, hydrogen, thermal storage, multi-physics modeling

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Thermodyanmics and energetics 1

Heat and mass transfer

Recommended courses

Thermodyanmics and energetics 2

Advanced heat transfer

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

ex cathedra and exercises, computational project, laboratory project, group project

Assessment methods

Group project during semester, (computational and lab) exercises during semester, written exam

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14     
14-15BS270    
15-16    
16-17BS270    
17-18BS270    
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German