ME-556 Renewable Energy Systems


Credit Hours = 3


  • Introduction: Comparison of different forms of energy, National and global patterns of energy supply and utilization, Temperature and other climate impacts
  • Solar Energy: Solar radiation, Passive and active solar thermal energy, Solar thermal applications: water and space heating; solar ponds, dryers, distillation, Solar thermal electric systems, Photovoltaic cells, batteries and inventors. Photovoltaic systems and applications.
  • Wind Energy: Wind resources and characteristics, Wind machinery and generating systems, Wind turbine types; horizontal axis and vertical axis, Betz conditions, Effects of solidity, Controlling and optimizing wind turbine performance
  • Hydropower: Basic energy conversion principle, Conversion equipment and engineering operations, Hydraulic machine types: positive displacement and dynamic, Affinity laws and specific speed related to rotodynamic machines.
  • Biomass Energy: Biomass resources, Biofuels production, Chemical and physical properties relevant to energy production, Thermal conversion of biomass, Biochemical conversion; anaerobic digestion, fermentation to alcohol. Physical processing; briquetting, Combustion process, Use of biomass derived fuels.
  • Geothermal Power: Geophysics of the earth’s interior, Hydrothermal and geopressured systems, Equipment for recovering energy, Direct heat utilization and electric power generation.
  • Wave & Tidal Energy: Energy from tides, waves, and temperature differences, Economic prospects, Environmental and sustainability considerations, types of equipment for extracting wave and tidal energy.


(01) Renewable Energy Resources by John Twidelland & Tony Weir

(02) Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future by Godfrey Boyle