Solar Renewable Energy – 1 Hour Video Preview

Solar Renewable Energy

A Seminar on Broad Introduction and Contrast of Solar Energy Topics

Credit: 4 – PDH

Lead Instructor: ProfessorBobby Rauf, PE, CEM, MBA

Course description

This course caters to Engineers, Technicians, Facilities Managers, Energy Professionals, Architects and others who are interested in enhancing their understanding of solar renewable energy, and would like to learn about methods, best practices and strategies for selection of the most suitable solar renewable energy alternative, with technical, geographic and financial feasibility in mind. The course highlights the four-pillar approach or perspective on formulation of a business entity’s energy vision and how solar and non-solar renewable energy options fit within. Participants are primed by introduction to a few important fundamentals of energy, energy facts, and the “grid” to set the tone for better comparison of current source of energy with optimal renewable energy alternative, solar or non-solar. Importance of the concept of most direct application of solar or non-solar renewable source to the final energy demand point is highlighted. After the introduction, this seminar dives into some of the more proven and mainstream solar renewable energy topics. Current footprint and specific applications of major solar renewable energy systems are examined. Key differences between solar heat and solar PV systems are highlighted. Since renewable energy storage is gaining increased importance – as companion investment to actual solar investments – various proven energy storage technologies are explored, including batteries, flywheels, and electrolysis systems. Hybrid, Off-Grid, solar and wind renewable energy systems are discussed. Utilization of solar light in day lighting applications is covered. Combined use of day lighting, energy conservation and PV in Zero Energy Buildings is explained, aided by real life examples. Use of solar heat in building heating and cooling processes is highlighted. Futuristic, space-based, solar PV array type solar energy harnessing systems are presented and explained through illustration. Participants are apprised of major solar energy installations currently in operation and some that are work-in-process, in the US and abroad. The discussion on the topic of solar renewable energy is sustained by diagrams, schematics and pictures pertaining to major renewable energy systems.

Learning Objectives – Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • See the role of solar, and renewable energy in general, within the four-pillar energy vision that every energy manager should consider.
  • Perform technical/engineering and cost comparisons between energy obtained from the grid versus the energy harnessed from solar and non-solar renewable sources. Identify and quantify technical and financial benefits of solar renewable energy systems.
  • Specify and implement solar renewable energy systems that leverage direct application of solar renewable energy sources to the point of use, thus maximizing the efficiency and net benefit of renewable energy systems.
  • Examine and assess alternative solar renewable energy technologies on the basis of physics and engineering principles that correlate physical parameters, climactic conditions, and geographical locations to the power and energy output of solar renewable systems.
  • Evaluate technical/engineering strengths and weaknesses of major solar renewable energy technologies relative to other renewable technologies like wind, biomass, geothermal, and the grid.
  • Follow progress on some of the major, more recent, notable solar renewable projects in the world. Learn from the lessons learnt on these projects in the past to avoid pitfalls in the design/specification of solar and other renewable energy systems in the future.
  • Identify some of the more unbiased and reliable technical and commercial information sources in the energy arena; thus, staying abreast of progress and current data in the solar renewable energy realm, beyond this seminar.


  1. Four faceted superordinate energy management perspective
  2. Energy Facts
  3. Energy Basics
  4. Electrical Power Basics
  5. Load Factor & Capacity Factor in the Solar Energy Realm
  6. Comparison of solar energy versus other renewable and non-renewable energy technologies:
  1. Cost comparison of solar versus other renewable technologies
    1. The history, importance and benefits of most direct application of renewable technologies to the point of use
    1. Solar renewable energy storage systems
    1. Capacity factor-based comparison of solar versus other renewable and non-renewable energy sources
  • Solar Technologies
    • Introduction to different types of solar technologies and their inherent differences
    • Solar energy trend
  • Solar Heating
    • Use of solar heat for buildings
    • Use of solar heat to serve hot water needs
    • Use of solar heat in HVAC applications
  •  Solar Lighting:
    • Daylighting solutions
    • Solar-LED/ Florescent hybrid illumination
  1.  Solar Heat – Renewable Electrical Power Generation Technologies:
    1. Solar CSP Systems
    1. Solar Power Towers
    1. Solar Trough
    1. Solar CSP, Power Tower and Solar Trough Challenges
    1. Solar Chimney Technology
    1. Solar “Neo-Base-Load” technology with energy storage capability
  1.  Off-grid Solar – Wind Hybrid Technology
  1.  Photovoltaic Renewable Energy
  1. Introduction to Solar PV Technology
    1. Differences between different types of PV technology, their pros and cons
    1. Application of Solar PV in Zero Energy Buildings
    1. Residential application of Solar PV systems and devices
    1. Examples of PV in aviation, transportation and other commercial applications
    1. Solar Floating Farms
    1. PV Systems and Energy Storage
  1.  Major Solar Energy Projects – US and International
  2.  Financial justification and implementation of energy projects
  3.  Solar and other renewable energy information sources

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