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Course Detail

Course Name Renewable Sources of Energy
Course Code 15MEC257
Program B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering
Year Taught 2019


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.

Text Books

  • 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

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