Advances in Solar Electric Generation Technology
Jeffrey Havelin, P.E.
This course was intended to introduce the engineer towards some of the latest developments in solar electric generation, which could become the main fuel source of the future. The course will compare the various types of systems and explain the potential advantages and disadvantages of each system.
The public often associates flat panel photovoltaic (PV) with solar power, it is in fact thermal solar power plants, such as parabolic trough, power towers, and dish Stirling that can provide economic large-scale power generation today. With PV, electric power is produced by light directly in a semiconductor, while in thermal solar generation the heat of the sun is used to power an engine or turbine.
This course is
based entirely on Fuel From the Sky: Solar Power's Potential for Western Energy
Supply July 2002 NREL/BK-550-32160 NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's premier
laboratory for renewable energy & energy efficiency research, development,
and deployment. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which
is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed
on the attached document in its entirety.
course will review the basic operation, limitations, capacities and design of
the following types solar generating systems
· Flat Panel PV;
· Photovoltaic Electric Power multi level;
· Concentrating PV CPV;
· Thermal Solar Power;
· Power Towers;
· Parabolic Troughs; and
· Dish Stirling.
This course would be very informative for engineers or architects who are interested in learning about renewable energy, or solar electric generation technology.
This course will
review the design, operation, and theory of solar electric generation technology.
Thermal solar power plants, such as dish Stirling, power towers, and parabolic
trough, are cost effective means of generating electric power from solar energy.
They are simple, well understood, and already achieve efficiencies currently
out of the reach of commercial PV cells.
This course is based entirely on the Chapter 3 from a report entitled
Fuel From the Sky: Solar Power's Potential for Western Energy Supply, July 2002
NREL/BK-550-32160. NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's premier laboratory
for renewable energy & energy efficiency research, development, and deployment.
The link to the course materials is as follows:
You need to open or download above document to study this course.
At the completion of this class the design professional should understand the principles, construction, and operation of fuel cells.
Although the complete document entitled Fuel From the Sky: Solar Power's Potential for Western Energy Supply July 2002 NREL/BK-550-32160 is not required to complete the quiz, a link is provided below to download the document for reference.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.