COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
Renewable Sources of Energy
Course Code: 
15MEC257
Year Taught: 
2015
2016
2017
2018
Type: 
Elective
Degree: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School: 
School of Engineering
Campus: 
Bengaluru
Chennai
Coimbatore
Amritapuri

'Renewable Sources of Energy' is a course offered in the B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit 1

Solar energy: Solar Radiation - Empirical Equations - Solar Chart - Measurements of Solar Radiation and Sunshine. Solar Thermal Collectors - Flat Plate and Concentrating Collectors. Solar Thermal Power Plant. PV Systems and applications. Applications: Solar Desalination, Solar Pond, solar driers, Industrial Process Heat, etc.

Wind energy: Principles of wind power, site characteristics, Wind rows diagram, types of wind turbines – construction, working and performance characteristics, synchronization of wind energy with the grid.

Unit 2

Bio-energy: Methanation: Methanogenic bacteria, process of methanation, variables affecting the process, popular designs of bio gas plant – construction and working. Feed stock preparation. Application: Biomethanation of agro waste, animal waste and process industry waste – sugar industry, sago industry, etc,

Thermal: Pyrolysis, gasification process, variables affecting the process, types of gasifiers, construction and working of gasifiers. Application: Gasification of biomass, process industry waste viz. - paper mill, waste cotton mill, saw mill, etc,

Unit 3

Ocean energy: Tidal: Types of energy harnessing techniques, turbines – construction, working and performance characteristics. Ocean thermal: Open cycle, closed cycle, Components of ocean thermal power plant, working and challenges.

Fuel cells: Principle of working of Hydrogen, Carbon Monoxide, fuel cell etc.

  • El Wakil M. M. - ‘Power Plant Technology’ – McGraw Hill - 2010 - 5th Edition
  • Rai G. D. - ‘Non-Conventional Energy Sources’ - Khanna, New Delhi - 1999
  • Garg H. P. and Prakash J. - ‘Solar Energy, Fundamentals and Applications’ - Tata McGraw Hill Publishing Company Limited, New Delhi -1997
  • Golding E. W. - ‘The Generation of Electricity by Wind Power’ - John Wiley, NJ, USA - 1976