OEY-002: Renewable Energy Technology and Their Uses

By Dr. Sanjay Agrawal   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi
Learners enrolled: 694

This course “Renewable Energy Technologies and Their Uses” covers the concept of Solar Radiation, their characteristics and how to estimate solar radiation.  Design of various solar thermal technologies like Solar Cooker, Solar water heater, solar air heater, Solar dryer and Solar still has also been discussed. Solar Photovoltaic Principles, Power Generation, construction and working of Solar Lantern, Solar Pump and solar street lighting have also been focused upon. The course also covers areas like  Biomass Energy and Technologies for Biogas plants. Details of  Solar Active and Passive Buildings have also been highlighted to give the learners a holistic learning

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Not Applicable
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 01 Feb 2022
End Date :
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Mar 2022
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 4
Level : Certificate

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Course layout




Solar Radiation and Radiation Characteristics of  Materials


Solar Cooking Devices


Solar Water Heaters


Solar Air Heaters


Solar Still


Biomass Based  Energy Technologies, Biogas and its Utilisation


Photovoltaic Effect


Solar Photovoltaic Technologies for Domestic Applications


Solar Photovoltaic Hybrid Power Generation


Open Sun Drying, Principles of Solar Drying System


Basic Principles of Solar Heating and Cooling of  Buildings


Day lighting, Green Buildings and Solar Greenhouse

Books and references

1.  G.D. Rai, Non conventional energy sources, Khanna publication

2. G.N. Tiwari, Solar Energy: Fundamentals, Design, Modeling and Applications, Narosa Publication

3. S.P. Sukhatme, Solar Energy, Tata McGraw Hill Publishing Company Ltd., New Delhi

Instructor bio

Dr. Sanjay Agrawal

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi

Dr. Sanjay Agrawal completed his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and his Post Doctoral Fellowship was from Smart Grid Energy Research Centre, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), California, USA. He was awarded the prestigious Bhaskara Solar Energy Fellowship from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and Department of Science and Technology (DST). He has 18 years of rich teaching and research experience. He has coordinated Programmes like B.Tech in Electrical Engineering, B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering, Diploma in Electrical Engineering and Diploma in Electronics and Communication Engineering under Vertical Integrated Engineering Programme from 2012 to 2019 and is currently working as Programme Coordinator for PG Certificate in Industrial Safety Programme. He has also contributed on module (Solar energy and its application) for MOOCs under Awareness programme on solar Energy application–water pump which is available on SWAYAM. He as also developed course “Principles of Electrical Science” for MOOCs which is available on SWAYAM. His industrial experience includes working in MNCs like Johnson Control (I) Pvt Ltd and on Projects like “Automatic power factor correction” sponsored by Applied Electro-Magnetic (P) Ltd, Noida. He has also worked on two projects as co-PI sponsored by CSVTU, Bhilai. He presented papers in Sweden, Spain and USA and has given invited talks in reputed organizations. Other than teaching and research, he has also contributed as member in project evaluation committees of Technical Universities within and outside of India, evaluation board for different committees of AICTE, technical committees of international conferences and selection committees of different bodies. He has also been involved in examination related activities of national agencies, state public service commission and other Universities. He has guided 06 PhD scholars and 03 are in progress and also been a PhD evaluator for Universities across India. He is also member of editorial board and panel of reviewers of reputed international Journals. He has published more than 60 papers in international journal and conferences and authored two books. As per Google Scholar citation, total citation is more than 1200, his i-10 index and h-index are 25 and 20 respectively. His areas of research interest are hybrid solar thermal, grid connected photovoltaic system, energy, carbon trading, and power system and circuit theory.

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Dr. Sanjay Agrawal

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering

School of Engineering and Technology, IGNOU, New Delhi 110068

Email: sanjay.agrawal@ignou.ac.in


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