Course Code EEC419
Semester 7
Points 3
ECTS Units 5
Recommended Reading

1) “New Energy Sources”, P. Yianoulis
2) J. A. Duffie and W. A. Beckman, “Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes”.
3) J. Twidell and T. Weir, “Renewable Energy Resources”.
4) J. F. Kreider and F. Kreith, “Solar Energy Handbook”.
5) D. Le Gourieres: “Wind Power Plants. Theory and Design”. 1982, Pergamon Press, ISBN: 0-08-029967-9.
6) R. Gash, J. Twele (Eds): “Wind Power Plants. Fundamentals, Design, Construction and Operation”, 2002, Solarpraxis A.G., ISBN: 1-902916-37-9.
7) Δ. Παπαντώνης: «Μικρά Υδροηλεκτρικά Έργα», 2001, Εκδόσεις Συμεών, ISBN: 960-7888-23-5.
8) C. L. Martin, D.Y. Goswami (Ed): “Solar Energy Pocket Reference”. 2005, ISES, ISBN: 978-1-84407-306-1.
9) D.Y. Goswami (Ed): “Wind Energy Pocket Reference”. 2007, ISES, ISBN: 978-1-84407-539-3.

Course Description

Energy sources and needs. Energy conversions. Solar radiation. Wind energy. Geothermal energy. Hydroelectric, wave and tidal energy. Other renewable and “soft” energies. Nuclear energy.

Solar Energy. Thermal conversion. Flat plate collectors. Selective surfaces. Concentrating systems. Solar ponds. Passive solar systems. Photovotaics. Photoelectric conversion. Photogalvanic elements. Conversion to electric energy with intervening thermal transformations.

Wind energy. The nature of wind. Statistical representation. Wind potential. Types of wind turbines. Power coefficient and efficiency of horizontal axis machines. Calculation of losses. Use of wind turbines for the production of electricity. Energy calculations-sizing of turbines. Wind parks.

Hydroelectric plants. Hydraulic potential. Flow duration curves. Design and construction of small hydroelectric stations. Types of turbines. Energy calculations-dimensioning.

Biomass. Biological conversion and storage of energy. Technologies for the energy conversion of biomass. Thermal energy storage. Chemical storage. Other methods for energy storage.

Physics of non-conventional energy sources. Energy saving-rational use of energy. Electrochromic materials and devices. Hydrogen as a fuel. Fuel cells. Hydrogen production. Financial analysis of energy systems. Directions for the development of energy sources in the future.