The students are acquainted with the basic principles governing the renewable energy resources, particularly the two basic sources, solar and wind power.
They are able to compute the available power in a given time and place under various environmental conditions.
They are acquainted with the operating principles of the basic solar and wind energy collection systems.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction to renewable and conventional energy resources. Energy reserves. Energy planning and management.
Fuel cells - heat pumps. Impact of conventional energy consumption to air quality and climate.
Solar power: Theoretical approach of solar radiation transfer through the atmosphere. Temporal and spatial variations of solar power. Measurements of solar radiation. Calculation of solar energy on horizontal, tilted and sun-tracking planes. Systems for harvesting and transformation of solar power. Direct transformation to thermal energy. Applications. Space heating. Solar concentrators. Transformation of solar energy to other energy types.
Wind power: Theoretical approach (wind forces and power extraction, power coefficients). Spatial and temporal variation of wind power. Wind turbines. Streamline theory for ideal and actual wind rotor. Power generation from wind turbines. Estimation of wind speed vertical profile. Estimation of the wind potential of a given region. Statistical analysis of wind characteristics. Wind farms.
Other renewable energy systems: Geothermal, tidal and, wave and biomass energy.
Renewable energy in Greece: Applications and prospects.