MJ2442 Solar Heating Systems 6.0 credits


  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Account for and evaluate various types of thermal loads and be able to estimate them by means of mathematical models.

  • Calculate heat storage capacity for different heat storage technologies, account for how they function and analyse their suitability for usage for given boundary conditions.

  • Account for the function of the most important components in a thermal solar energy system and for the European standards that are used for evaluating them.

  • Dimension a solar heating facility.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of different methods for frost and over-heating protection in solar thermal system and choose the most appropriate method for a specific application.

  • Design a solar collector field.

  • Use simulation tools to calculate the energy gain of a solar thermal system.

  • Analyse the function and characteristics of various types of solar thermal systems and evaluate the effect of different design and operational parameters on solar thermal systems.

Course main content

Thermal heat storage technologies. Components in solar thermal systems. Thermosiphons and integrated solar collector storage systems.
Function and characteristics of various types of solar thermal systems: - large/small;
hot water and combi systems/swimming pools; solar collector fields; short term /seasonal storage. Operation and control strategies.
Calculation of heat load. Simulation programs. Case study.


Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits with main field of study within mechanical engineering, energy technology, physics, chemistry or the equivalent. English B or the equivalent knowledge.


Duffie, John A., Beckman, William A . (2006), Solar engineering of thermal processes., 3rd ed., Wiley, Hoboken NJ, ISBN 0-471-69867-9
Ccompendiums from the department on: Solar Thermal Systems and Solar Heating Design Project
- Guidelines.
Relevant journal articles and conference papers.


  • INL1 - Written Assignment, 4.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Written Exam, 2.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Written examination and laboratory session 2 credits (AF)
Home assignment 4 credits (AF).

Offered by

ITM/Energy Technology


Andrew Martin <andrew.martin@energy.kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2015.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2014.