Catalogue 2012 - 2013

ME 318 Design of Solar Energy Systems


3 cr.


ME 303.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the theory and application of various solar energy systems, including principles of solar energy collection, conversion, storage, and distribution. Topics such as solar air and water heating and cooling applications, their components and systems in addition to Passive solar strategies and concepts are also highlighted in this course. The course aims at enhancing the students understanding on solar energy availability, collection, and potential utilization of solar energy in improving the indoor environmental quality of built-up spaces. A project involving the design of an energy independent home is required. The methods of assessing students will include homework, quizzes, examinations, classroom discussions, design projects, and a final exam. 3 class hours.