Course Name: An Introduction to Energy Systems Engineering
Department : Energy Science and Engineering
Professor Name : Prof. Chetan S. Solanki
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The course on Introduction to Energy Systems Engineering, looks at various energy supply systems. In the beginning students are introduced to energy scenario of the country and that of world, together with estimation of need of energy in India in future. Both conventional like coal, oil gas based as well as non-conventional like solar and wind based energy systems are discussed in this course at the introductory level.

In conventional energy systems availability of fossil fuels are discussed, which is following by conventional power plants for electricity generation, IC engine, etc. are discussed with the fundamental principles of energy conversion, and system level design. In the process introduction to thermodynamics and power cycles have been given.

On the non-conventional energy systems, this course gives an overview of different uses of renewable energy resources and development of efficient technologies for the same. Fundamental energy conversion processes involved in solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, wind, biomass and fuel cells have been discussed. Estimation of efficiency of conversion at system level is discussed together with several practical applications of these technologies.

This course is applicable to Duel degree B.Tech. - M.Tech, M.Tech, M.Sc. - Ph.D and PhD students. Any student from an interdisciplinary program can avail the course. However, prior knowledge of mechanical and electrical courses would be helpful to understand the power generation and energy audit part.

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  • Introduction To Energy, Units of Energy, Forms of Energy
  • Energy Sources, Fossil Fuels-Production and Consumption
  • Conventional Energy Conversion, Power Plant Cycles
  • IC Engine, Efficiency of Primary Energy Consumption
  • Combustion in Engines, Fuel Efficiency
  • Solar Energy Sources-availability, Estimation of Solar Energy
  • Sun-earth Geometry, Hour Angle, Declination Angle
  • Estimation of Global and Diffuse Radiation
  • Estimation of Radiation on Tilted Surface, Orientation of Solar Systems
  • Solar Thermal Energy Technologies, Solar Distillation Design
  • Solar Water Heater Principle and Design, Types of Water Heater
  • Solar Cooking Devices, Concentration of Light
  • Solar PV Energy Conversion, Principle of Photovoltage Generation
  • Solar PV Technologies, Thin Film Technologies, Efficiency Cost/W
  • Design of a Solar Lantern, Home Lighting Systems
  • Design of Solar PV System, Cost Evaluation
  • Wind Energy Technologies, Wind Speed and Height, Betz Limit
  • Wind Turbine Sizing for a Given Energy Requirement
  • Biomass Energy, Availability, Energy Conversion
  • Charcoal and Methanol Production, Pyrolysis, Combustion
  • Other Energy Conversion Technologies (Tidal, Wave, Fuel Cell, Thermionic, Hydro)
  • Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation, Energy Audit
  • Energy Audit, Tools used in Audit, Analysis of a Plant Data
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  • None. This is an introductory course on Energy Systems Engineering.
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Some Reading Material and References:

  • (International Energy Agency, for Energy Security, Growth and Sustainability through Co-operation and outreach)
  • S. P. Sukhatme, Solar Energy- Principles of Thermal Collection and Storage, 2ed, Tata McGraw-Hill, New Delhi, 1996
  • J. W. Tester et al, Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Option, Prentice Hall of India, 2005
  • C. S. Solanki, Renewable Energy Technologies: A Practical Guide for Beginners, Prentice Hall of India, 2007
  • D. W. Devins, Energy: its Physical Impact on the Environment, John Wiley and Sons, 1982
  • J. Twidell and T. Weir, Renewable energy resources, E&F. N. SPON Ltd., 1986
  • S. C. Witte, P. S. Brown, Industrial Energy Management and Utilization, Hemisphere Publ, Washington, 1988       

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