Unit I

Solar energy. Solar radiation. Heat transfer equations.

Unit II

Solar thermal energy conversion. Efficiencies. Solar photo Voltaic energy.

Unit III

Bio energy. Conversion. Bio degradation. Biogas generation. Fuel properties. Biomass gasifier.

Unit IV

Wind energy. Data and energy estimation. Conversion. Wind mill. Performance, applications. ­Geothermal energy.

Unit V

Tidal energy. Magneto hydrodynamic. Thermionic. Fuel cell.


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