Physics of Renewable Energy Systems

By Prof. Amreesh Chandra   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 3353
For a country like India, renewable energy will play an important in ensuring energy safety, security and sustainability. With the fast growing demand in off-grid applications in areas extending from villages to hills, newer technologies will have to be MADE IN INDIA. We will start with the basics of energy sources ranging from thermal, mechanical, and photovoltaic sources. The lectures will cover the topics on electricity generation using solar cells, use of solar heaters, solar based mobiles chargers to use of solar cookers in India. Subsequently, we will shift our attention on wind, water, tidal and geothermal power. At the end, the need of efficient energy storage technologies will be discussed. These include Li batteries and supercapacitors. 
The additional required concepts such as free electron model, p-n junction, coriolis force, turbulence, standing waves, thermodynamics, capacitors, crystal structure, etc. will also be discussed. 
The basics of various characterization techniques useful for evaluating energy systems will also be explained. These include cyclic voltammetry, charge discharge, EIS, quantum efficiency, etc. will be explained.

  1. Integrated M.Sc. : Physics, material science, energy science
  2. B.Tech: Energy Science, Engineering Physics, Electrical, Mechanical Industry: Related to Power systems, Energy Stored.
  3. M.Tech.: Energy Sciences, Materials Science, Physics, Mechanical, Electrical

PREREQUISITES :    Upto 3rd Year courses of the B.Tech. Degree.

  1. Su-Kam power systems Ltd
  2. Luminous Power Technologies
  3. Loom Solar
  4. Suzlon Energy Limited
  5. Orient Green Power Limited
  6. Exide Batteries
  7. Vikram Solar
  8. Maxwell technologies
  9. Hy-Cap Technologies
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Physics
  • Energy and Environment
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 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 : Basics of semiconductor, nanomaterials and nanotechnology
Week 2 : Renewable energy sources and classifications
Week 3 : Solar Power
Week 4 : Wind Power   
Week 5 : Hydro, Tidal and Geothermal Systems
Week 6 : Energy storage Technology: Classification and principle
Week 7 : Fuel cells: Principles, Classifications and Operations
Week 8 : Supercapacitors and Battery 
Week 9 : Energy storage mechanism  
Week 10 : Effect of double layer in energy storage: Chemical approach
Week 11 : Characterization techniques: I
Week 12 : Characterization techniques II

Books and references

  1. Physics of Energy Sources, G. C. King
  2. Physics and Technology of Sustainable Energy; E L Wolf
  3. Advanced renewable Energy Systems, S C Bhatia
  4. Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future, Godfrey Boyle
  5. Electrochemical Supercapacitors, B. E. Conway
  6. Renewable Energy Resources, John Twidell and Tony Weir
  7. Sustainable Energy – without the hot air, David J. C. MacKay
  8. Solar Photovoltaics: Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications, Chetan Singh Solanki
  9. Handbook of Materials Characterization, Surender Kumar Sharma

Instructor bio

Prof. Amreesh Chandra

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Amreesh Chandra is currently a Professor in the Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He has teaching experience of > 12 years, both at UG and PG level. His research activities focus on the development of smart functional materials, which are useful for energy systems. Prof. Chandra did his Ph.D. from IIT BHU and has post doctoral experience from Germany and United Kingdom. He joined IIT Kharagpur in 2009. He has > 70 research publications and has funded research projects from DST, DAE-BRNS, MHRD, MPG (Germany) and UKIERI (UK).

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: 30 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.

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