Core Module Information
Module title: Solar Energy: Technology, Modelling and Analysis

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC11121
Module leader: Keng Goh
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Engineering and Mathematics


Description of module content:

Modelling and analysis of the solar geometry and solar irradiation data.

Review of various existing and emerging solar technologies and their performance.

Detailed design of electrical and thermal solar energy systems.

Energy storage system design and analysis.

An overview of energy management for renewable energy system.

Economic and energetic analysis of solar-based energy system.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module, you will be able to:-

LO1: Develop and apply advanced modelling techniques to solar energy system using software tools

LO2: Demonstrate in depth knowledge in modelling and analysis of solar geometry and irradiation data.

LO3: Explain and critically discuss the performance and design considerations of solar energy systems.

LO4: Critically evaluate the overall economic and energetic performance of solar energy systems.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Keng Goh
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The delivery of the technical content will be through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical session (LO3,4). Practical aspects of the material in the module will be highlighted through specific laboratory sessions (LO1,2) linked to lecture delivered material where appropriate.

You will already have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or have undertaken equivalent learning. The purpose here is to provide additional expertise in their chosen field. The School has very active ties to employers through the well established Industrial Liaison Committees.

Laboratory based exercises will provide opportunities for exploration and discussion around topics and provides the opportunity to link the material delivered in the formal lectures with practical/laboratory sessions. Where appropriate this also provides the opportunity for staff to introduce you to relevant areas of their current research.

Formative Assessment:
These are completed via tutorial classes (embedded within timetabled sessions). The students are given a number of exercises to complete. The students attend tutorials and are encouraged to debate the alternative approaches that may be undertaken to complete the tasks. They are encouraged to work in teams but are required to submit individual reports.

Summative Assessment:
There are three such assessments: two courseworks which evaluate the students' skills relating to problem solving and design. The third is a supervised class test that will test their understanding of the fundamentals of solar energy. Note that for the majority of the students many topics are new.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 4
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Face To Face Lecture 16
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 16
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 25 1,2 7 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Report 60 1,3,4 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Class Test 15 3,4 10 HOURS= 01.00
Component 1 subtotal: 25
Component 2 subtotal: 75
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MEC11121 Solar Energy: Technology, Modelling and Analysis