This course provides the student with a technical overview of the components of solar thermal and geothermal heating systems as well as solar photovoltaic electrical systems. Students will learn fundamentals of solar irradiance, insolation and the impacts of seasonality, aspect, and latitude on solar resources. Students will begin with components and design of solar photovoltaic electricity generation and storage in both grid-tied and off-grid systems. The course then focuses on the fundamentals of solar thermal systems, including solar thermal domestic hot water, solar space heating and geothermal heat pumps. Pairing solar thermal and geothermal energy systems will provide the students with experience in hybrid renewable energy systems.
Prerequesites: MATH 102, PHYS 107, or permission by the instructor.
3 credits (2 lecture hours and 3 lab hours), spring semester