Renewable Energy Engineering: Solar, Wind and Biomass Energy Systems

By Prof. R. Anandalakshmi, Prof. Vaibhav Vasant Goud   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 3749
In this course an attempt has been made to standardize the course material and to emphasize on the fundamental of non-conventional energy sources (solar, wind, and biomass). Harnessing the energy through these sources using efficient technologies is expected to play an important role in serving as clean energy source for mankind. Thus, processes to harness energy are steadily gaining technical and economic importance worldwide. Therefore, it is necessary for energy planners/ users to know the facts as well as limitations of these technologies. This course aims at bringing the technological developments and research trends in the field of non-conventional energy sources with emphasis on engineering and design aspects. After attending this course students will have insight of biomass types, classifications, selective utilization of biomass resource for extraction of energy, bio-digester, wind machine and thermo-digester design.

The target audience for this course is
(i) BTech/MTech/PhD students or faculties from reputed academic and technical institutions interested in acquiring knowledge of solar, wind and biomass renewable energy systems
(ii) Those who are pursuing a career as a Chemical engineer/Mechanical engineer or Biosciences and Bioengineer designing renewable energy systems such as solar, wind and biomass systems
(iii) Executives, engineers and researchers from manufacturing, service and government organizations including R&D laboratories working in the area of energy engineering.
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : All Energy Industries and Energy Equipment Manufacturing Industries
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Energy and Environment
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Solar Energy: Basics and Concepts
Week 2: Non-Concentrating Solar Collectors
Week 3: Non-Concentrating Solar Collectors: Practice Problems
Week 4: Concentrating Solar Collectors
Week 5: Storage Systems
Week 6: Biomass types and characterization
Week 7: Biochemical conversion processes
Week 8: Biochemical conversion processes (Contd.)
Week 9: Bioconversion of substrates into alcohol and thermo-chemical conversion of biomass
Week 10: Bioconversion of substrates into alcohol and thermo-chemical conversion of biomass (Contd.)
Week 11: Wind Energy: Basics: Turbine terms, types and theories
Week 12: Characteristics and Power Generation from Wind Energy

Books and references

(i) Sukhatme S. P., Nayak J. K., Solar Energy: Principles of thermal Collection and Storage, 3 rd Ed., Tata McGraw-Hill Education Pvt. Ltd 2008.
(ii) Twidell, J. and Tony W., Renewable Energy Resources, 2 nd Edition, Taylor & Francis 2006.
(iii) Khan B. H., Non-Conventional Energy Resources, 2 nd Edition, Tata McGraw-Hill Education Pvt. Ltd. 2009.
(iv) Prabir Basu, Biomass Gasification, Pyrolysis and Torrefaction, Academic Press, Elsevier, 2013.

Instructor bio

Prof. R. Anandalakshmi

IIT Guwahati
Dr. R. Anandalakshmi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. Her research interests are in the area of Computational Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, Process Modeling and Simulation, Solar Thermal Energy Conversion, Energy Efficient Design of Thermal Systems, Microwave Assisted Food and Material Processing, Food Packaging and Preservation, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Systems

Prof. Vaibhav Vasant Goud

Dr. Vaibhav V. Goud is Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India since 2018. Principal research interests of Dr. Goud are in the fields of reaction engineering, renewable energy, supercritical fluids, bio lubricants. He has published more than 120 papers in international peer reviewed journals and made presentations of his research in several national/ international conferences. He has also written 14 book chapters in the area of renewable energy. He has taught energy resources as an elective course to UG, PG and Ph.D. students at IIT Guwahati for six consecutive years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019).

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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