Course Details

Subject {L-T-P / C} : EE6441 : Wind and Solar Energy Systems {3-0-0 / 3}
Subject Nature : Theory
Coordinator : Prof. Monalisa Pattnaik


Sources of Energy: Renewable energy sources and features. Introduction to wind and solar energy. Wind Energy: General theories of wind machines: Basic laws and concept of aerodynamics, efficiency limit for wind energy conversion. Description and performances of horizontal axis wind turbine: Design of the blades and determination of forces acting on the wind power plant, power ~ speed and torque ~ speed characteristics of wind turbines, wind turbine control systems. Description and performances of vertical axis wind turbine. Conversion to electrical power: Induction and synchronous generators, grid connected and self-excited induction generator operation, generation schemes with variable speed turbines, constant voltage and constant frequency generation with power electronic control, Optimized control of induction generators and synchronous generators. Solar Photovoltaic systems: Operating principle, photovoltaic cell concepts, cell, module, array, series and parallel connections. Basics of Batteries: Types and parameters of batteries for PV systems, series and parallel connections and performance characteristics. Solar PV system design, charge controllers, MPPT techniques. Hybrid Systems: Need for hybrid systems, types and issues with hybrid systems, Grid integration of wind and PV systems.

Course Objectives

  1. Explain the concept of wind and solar energy systems
  2. To provide the students a deep insight in to the integration of power electronics with PV and wind energy sources.

Course Outcomes

1.: Know-how of wind and solar power control.
2. Ability of integrating power electronics device with renewable energy sources.
3. Aptitude & proficiency in grid interconnection requirements for wind and PV systems.
4. Skill in developing MPPT techniques for wind and PV systems.

Essential Reading

  1. S. N. Bhadra, D. Kastha, S. Banerjee, Wind Electrical Systems, Oxford Univ. Press , 2005
  2. C.S. Solanki, Solar Photovoltaics Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications, PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd. , 2016

Supplementary Reading

  1. M.G. Simoes, F.A. Farret, Alternative Energy Systems: Design and Analysis with Induction Generators, CRC Press , 2004
  2. M. R. Patel, Wind and Solar Power Systems, CRC Press , 1999