Solar Energy Engineering and Technology

By Dr. Pankaj Kalita   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 2992
The course content is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge on solar radiation, analysis of solar radiation data, fundamentals of the solar thermal and photovoltaic system along with storage of energy required for effective design of efficient solar energy conversion devices. The concepts will be illustrated with practical examples, schematics and block diagrams wherever required. A sufficient number of numerical problems with solutions will be discussed in the course. This course is specifically designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Energy Engineering and Technology. Further, the course will be very much useful for students and researchers from varied academic backgrounds for the synthesis of novel energy conversion devices and processes.

UG, PG and Doctorate students

PREREQUISITES : Basic knowledge of heat transfer, thermodynamics and fundamentals of physics.

INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : This course will be very much effective for the engineres working in the solar industries.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Physics
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 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:Energy Scenario, overview of solar energy conversion devices and applications, physics of propagation of solar radiation from the sun to earth
Week 2:Sun-Earth Geometry, Extra-Terrestrial and Terrestrial Radiation, Solar energy measuring instruments
Week 3: Estimation of solar radiation under different climatic conditions, Estimation of total radiation
Week 4:Fundamentals of solar PV cells, principles and performance analysis, modules, arrays, theoretical maximum power generation from PV cells.
Week 5:PV standalone system components, Standalone PV-system design.
Week 6:Components of grid-connected PV system, solar power plant design and performance analysis.
Week 7: Fundamentals of solar collectors, Snails law, Bougers law, Physical significance of Transmissivity – absorptivity product.
Week 8:Performance anlaysis of Liquid flat plate collectors and testing
Week 9:Performance anlaysis of Solar Air heaters and testing
Week 10:Solar thermal power generation (Solar concentrators).
Week 11: Thermal Energy Storage (sensible, latent and thermochemical) and solar pond
Week 12:Applications: Solar Refrigeration, Passive architecture,solar distillation, and ermeging technologies.

Books and references

  1. G. N. Tiwari, Solar Energy, Fundamentals, Design, Modeling and Applications, Narosa, 2002.
  2. S. P. Sukhatme and J. K. Nayak, Solar Energy: Principles of Thermal Collection and Storage, Tata McGraw Hill, 2006.
  3. C. S. Solanki, Solar Photovoltaics: Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications, Prentice Hall India, 2nd Edition, 2011.
  4. J. A. Duffie and W. A. Beckman, Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, John Wiley, 2006.
  5. D. Y. Goswami, F. Kreith and J. F. Kreider, Principles of Solar Engineering, Taylor and Francis, 1999.
  6. H. P. Garg and J. Prakash, Solar Energy: Fundamentals and Applications, Tata McGraw Hill, 1997.
  7. M. A. Green, Third Generation Photovoltaics: Advanced Solar Energy Conversion, Springer, 2003.
  8. A. Goetzberger and V. U. Hoffmann, Photovoltaic Solar Energy Generation, Springer- -verlag, 2010.
  9. K. Jager, O. Isabella, A. H. M. Smets, R.A.C.M.M. Van Swaaij, and M. Zeman, Solar Energy – fundamentals, technology and systems, Delft University of Technology, 2014
  10. T. C. Kandpal and H.P. Garg, Financial Evaluation of Renewable Energy Technologies, McMillan India Ltd., 2013

Instructor bio

Dr. Pankaj Kalita

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Pankaj Kalita is Associate Professor in the School of Energy Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He has completed his master degree in Mechanical Engineering (specialization: Fluids and Thermal Engineering) and PhD in Energy from IIT Guwahati. He worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Energy at Tezpur University, Assam before joining at IIT Guwahati. He has more than 10 years of teaching and 16 years of research experience in various field of renewable energy. He has published more than 100 articles in various peer reviewed journals and conferences. He has also contributed one book and 16 book chapters in different books. He is a recipient of India Distinguished Visiting Fellow awarded by the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom in the year 2010. He has guided many PhD and master students. He has successfully implemented eight research projects and several consultancy projects funded by different government and private agencies in the fields of energy generation, energy management, energy modelling, solar power plant design, engine testing etc. At present three research projects are in progress in the areas of clean energy technologies for power generation, and hybrid (biomass and solar) drying technologies. His current areas of research include solar energy conversion, thermochemical and biochemical conversion, energy management, energy storage (li-ion and thermal energy) and integration of renewable energy for remote electrification.

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: 29 October 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.

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