361-0524/03 – Solar Energy and Fuel Cells (SE&FC)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Power EngineeringCredits2
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Mojmír Vrtek, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Mojmír Vrtek, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementOptional
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2016/2017Year of cancellation2020/2021
Intended for the facultiesUSPIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
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SZE75 Ing. Zbyszek Szeliga, Ph.D.
VRT20 doc. Ing. Mojmír Vrtek, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
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Full-time Credit 3+2

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Students learn to understand the problems of Solar Energy and Fuel Cells. Students will be able to: - Explain and define basic concepts discussed in the fields of - Clarify the links and connections within the given fields and external relations to other areas of energy - Describe the basic technical equipments used in those fields and explain their principles They will receive: - An overview of the terminology - An overview of the basic technological processes of transfer and transform energy in relevant areas They will be able to: - Perform basic energy balance and capacity calculations in the areas of the issue - Select appropriate ways and methods to achieve the desired objectives in practice

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs


The subject acquaints students with the utilisation of solar energy for the production of heat and electricity. It also deals with the issue of fuel cells, their types and specific properties.

Compulsory literature:

Thermal use of solar energy. Solar thermal systems and components. AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies, 2009.

Recommended literature:

RYAN O´HAYREE, SUK-WON CHA. Fuel Cell Fundamentals, Wiley&Sons Inc., 2006. ISBN 0-471-74148-5. DUFFIE, J. A., BECKMAN, W. A. Solar enginnering of thermal processes. 3. vydání. Wiley 2006. ISBN 0-471-69867-9.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

Another demands for student are not.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Solar energy, origin, laws of radiation of bodies, characteristics, transformation into usable forms of energy. 2. Characteristics of solar radiation and its modeling. Description of the model database METEONORM. 3. Passive direct systems using solar energy. Solar power plants. 4. Solar flat plate collectors, the principle of efficiency calculation. Non-stationary and stationary energy balance of collector. 5. Testing, certification of solar collectors. The content of test reports. 6. Solar tanks, storage, stratification. 7. Solar heating systems. Large-scale systems, high-, mesh-, low-flow systems. Energy and economics of solar energy systems. Environmental benefits. 8. Photovoltaic conversion, types of photovoltaic cells, and the total quantum efficiency, utilization. U-I characteristics of the PV cell. Photovoltaic systems - basic types. Inverters, properties, efficacy. 9. Fuel cells introdution. The basic design of the fuel cell. The conversion efficiency of the heat circulation and fuel cells. Efficiency vs heat circulation. efficiency of the fuel cell. 10. Terminal voltage of the fuel cell, the UI characteristic of the fuel cell. 11. Basic types of fuel cells, and the distribution parameters and basic description of the nature chemistry of different types of fuel cells. 12. The fuel cell membrane AFC, PEMFC, PAFC. 13. MCFC technology - fuel cells molten carbonates, SOFC - fuel cells with fixed nitrogen. 14. Hydrogen economy. Production of hydrogen. Energy intensity hydrogen technologies. Storage and transport of hydrogen. Safety aspects.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2016/2017 Winter semester, validity until: 2020/2021 Summer semester)
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Credit Credit 100  51
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2017/2018 (N3969) Technology of Processes in Energetics (3907T013) Technology of Processes in Energetics P Czech Ostrava 2 Optional study plan
2016/2017 (N3969) Technology of Processes in Energetics (3907T013) Technology of Processes in Energetics P Czech Ostrava 2 Optional study plan

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