Solar Heating Systems 7.5 credits

First cycle, G0005B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 4 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 12 Feb 2015

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 11 Jan 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Civil Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English 6

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
The course provides theoretical and practical knowledge about how solar energy can be used for heat production on small and large scale. The aim is to provide knowledge about how to design solar heating systems for houses both through hand calculations and by using computer software. The student will also become familiar with how the potential for utilizing solar energy around the world can be estimated.

Potential for solar thermal energy: International survey of thermal solar energy use. Possibilities for using thermal solar energy in Sweden. Solar energy: Seasonal and daily variations in solar radiation. Calculations of solar irradiation. The use of solar energy in heating applications. How geography, topography and location affect system efficiency. Solar heating systems: Description of small and large scale solar heating systems. Components in a solar heating system. Examples of existing solar heating systems. Methods for short and long-term storage of solar heat. Solar collectors: Different types of solar collectors. Design methods: Construction of solar heating systems. System simulations: Simulations of a solar house through the computer program Polysun. Study trip to solar heating facility

Classroom lectures and group exercises. The course includes one computer lab and one study trip.

Examination consists of three group projects and written individual tests. The projects are distributed evenly throughout the quarter. The first project treats calculation of solar radiation geometry and energy, while the focus in the second project is on the solar collector design. In the last project of the course the students estimate the heating and hot water demand of a house and make the final design and economic calculation of the solar heating system. A basic condition for passing this course is to turn in the group projects within given deadlines. The final grade is based on group projects and on the individual written test.

The course language is English. The course G005Bb is equal to E0002B

Jan Laue

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
The course literature will be available as pdf-files on the course webpage from the first day of the course

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0004Assignment reportG U 3 4 56.50MandatoryA16
0005Required assignmentU G#1.00MandatoryA16

Study guidance
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