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Experimental Performance Characterization of Solar Thermal Systems

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Experimental Performance Characterization of Solar Thermal Systems
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: MAB_19_4.2.6.16
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
1V+3P (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: according to optional course list
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
A (Lab report - 80%), K (written exam - 20%, Duration: 60 minutes)

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

EE535 Energy system technology / Renewable energies, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2012 , semester 6, optional course, engineering
EE-K2-547 Energy system technology / Renewable energies, Bachelor, ASPO 01.04.2015 , semester 6, optional course, engineering
EE1535 (P241-0400) Energy system technology / Renewable energies, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2022 , semester 6, optional course, technical
MAB_19_4.2.6.16 (P241-0400) Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , optional course, specialisation
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Marc Deissenroth-Uhrig
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Marc Deissenroth-Uhrig

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will:
- be familiar with different types/functionality of thermal solar collectors
- be able to implement a solar collector in a power test bench
- be able to carry out metrological tests according to internationally recognized standards (ISO 9806: Solar energy - Solar thermal collectors - Test methods)
- be able to evaluate measurement data and results and prepare a lab report according to ISO 9806

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Module content:
1. Basics (Lecture: 12 hours)
- Design and function of different thermal solar collectors
- Performance characterization of solar collectors
- Characteristic values (thermal, optical) and their classification
- Introduction to testing and certification procedures in the field of solar thermal energy
2. Required measurement technology and hydraulics (lab experiment in small groups of 3-4 persons, 12 h)
- Measuring radiation (global, direct, diffuse solar radiation)
- Measuring temperatures (Immersion sensors in hydraulic lines, contact sensors, ...)
- Volume (magnetic-inductive) resp. mass flow measurement (Coriolis)
- Software-controlled data acquisition systems (Introduction to Keysight Vee Pro)
- Integrating the collector in a temperature-controlled hydraulic circuit
3. Experimental determination, evaluation and documentation (lab experiment in small groups, 36 h)
-  of the conversion degree (optical efficiency) of the collector
- of the efficiency curve between 20 °C and 90 °C
- Determining the gross annual yield of the tested collector under reference conditions

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Teaching methods/Media:
- Seminaristic instruction in the lab
- Self-study based on experiment documentation and recommended/required reading
- Lab experiments, analysis and documentation
- Creation of a lab report

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Recommended or required reading:
- Volker Quaschning - Regenerative Energiesysteme - Technologie, Berechnung, Simulation
- Ursula Eicker - Solare Technologien für Gebäude
- ISO 9806: 2014: Solar energy - Solar thermal collectors - Test methods”
- Handbuch zum Messdatenerfassungssystem Agilent 34970A

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