Course on Non-Conventional Energy Sources

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About Course

Energy can be defined as the capacity or ability to do work. It plays an important role in our day to day life as it is required in every field like industry, transport, communication, sports, defence, household, agriculture and more. There are plenty of energy sources to generate energy.Energy generated by using wind, tides, solar, geothermal heat, and biomass including farm and animal waste as well as human excreta is known as non-conventional energy. All these sources which are continuously restore (a stock or supply) by natural processes are renewable or inexhaustible and do not cause environmental pollution.These sources cannot be simply exhausted, can be generated constantly so that it can be used again and again.These energy sources do not require heavy expenditure. They are also called as renewable resources as they can be replaced through natural processes at a rate equal to or greater than the rate at which they are consumed.Thus, the main aim of the course is to prepare the participants to gain knowledge and technological process to build, analyses and recommend the feasibility,utilization of the non conventional energy resources that can be adopted in industries and our day to day life. Thus, participants will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of nonconventional energy sources and its applications with the ability to design, analyse and generate energy.


What Will You Learn?

  • Describe the environmental aspects of non-conventional energy resources comparing with various conventional energy systems, their prospects and limitations.
  • Explain how to generate energy from solar energy, wind energy, biomass energy, geothermal energy and ocean energy as alternative energy sources and their collection and storage methodology.
  • Acquire the knowledge exposed to energy conservation methods.
  • Explore the society’s present needs and future energy demands.

Course Content


  • Introduction: Energy source, India’s production and reserves of commercial energy sources, need for non-conventional energy sources, energy alternatives, solar, thermal, photovoltaic. Waterpower, wind biomass, ocean temperature difference, tidal and waves, geothermal, tar sands and oil shale, nuclear (Brief descriptions); advantages and disadvantages, comparison (Qualitative and Quantitative).

Solar Radiation

Measurement of Solar Radiation

Solar Radiation Geometry

Radiation Flux on a Tilted Surface

Solar Thermal Conversion

Performance Analysis of Liquid Flat Plate Collectors

Photovoltaic Conversion

Wind Energy

Tidal Power

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

Geothermal Energy Conversion

Energy from Biomass

Hydrogen Energy

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