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Solar and Geothermal Energy (single module: 5 ECTS Credits)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:

    Special Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

Part-time: One evening per week for 12 weeks.

Admission Requirements:

Students are recommended to first complete the Certificate in Sustainable Energy (Special Purpose Award – Level 6).

Course summary

Places are limited for this course. Eligible candidates will be considered on a first come first served basis.


Mechanical, Biomedical & Manufacturing Eng

Course fee: €850* (includes course notes)

*Discounts available for groups of three or more.

This module includes a study of the energy processes involved in the use of solar and geothermal energy; an evaluation of solar and geothermal heating, daylighting, and solar electricity generating technology.

Module Content

  • Solar Energy - Principles and Solar Heat Transfer
    Properties of Radiation, Solar Radiation, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Radiation properties of Materials, Radiative Heat Transfer, Passive Solar Applications.  
  • Solar Thermal Technologies

    Solar Thermal Collectors, Flat Plates, ETCs, Concentrators (CSP), Performance, Energy Balance, Materials
  • Solar Photovoltaics
    Photovoltaic Effect, Materials, Cell Types, Cell Performance, Module Properties, Fabrication, Siting Issues, Power Output and Integration, EIA
  • Geothermal Energy

    Heat Pump Cycles, Refrigerants, pH diagrams, Heat Pump Operation and Equipment, COP, Installation Issues
  • Lab Cycle

    Solar Thermal, Solar Photovoltaic, Geothermal Energy Equipment Testing, Installation Exercise

Awarding Body

CIT: 5 ECTS credits at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

  • Applications are now open online for September 2014.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €250 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.
  • While every effort is made to process your application as early as possible, for operational reasons a decision on your application may not be made until September at the latest.
  • Should places be still available, late applications may be made at the Information Evening at CIT's Bishopstown Campus from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on Wednesday 3rd September 2014.
  • Note: Places are limited for this course. Eligible candidates will be considered on a first come first served basis.

Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Management Systems
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