Course syllabus

Byggnadsintegrerade solenergisystem
Building Integrated Solar Energy Systems

AEBF20, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2020-03-23

General Information

Main field: Energy-efficient and Environmental Buildings.
Compulsory for: MEMB2
Elective for: A4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of the course is to show how active solar energy systems can be integrated in and co-operate with the main energy system of buildings. The course gives an overview of both solar electrical (photovoltaic) and thermal systems. The course will provide an understanding on how solar thermal collectors and PV-systems can be integrated into buildings for production of heat and electricity. An important part of the course is to teach the students how to use simulation programs for investigating the performance and optimization of the solar energy system. Tools will be taught to perform a pre-study of the installation of a solar thermal system in a building.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course will focus on basic knowledge of solar energy concepts. Also, the main types of technologies regarding solar heating and electricity will be addressed. Simple hand calculations will be taught regarding the estimation of solar radiation on facades and roofs. The course will provide the simulation tools in order to design and optimize solar thermal and electrical energy systems. Important aspects of architectural integration of the systems that can influence architectural design decisions will be discussed.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The final grade is to 70% based on results from the oral examination and to 30% on the performance related to the exercises and lectures.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0118. Name: Written Assignment.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Examination based on written report according to given criteria. Contents: Assignment in 3 parts: 1) Performance measurement of a solar collector and solar cells. 2) System simulation of a solar heating installation. 3) System simulation of a PV installation.
Code: 0218. Name: Oral Examination.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Examination based on the oral examination. Contents: Oral examination of the whole course.


The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Henrik Davidsson,
Teacher: Ricardo Bernardo,
Teacher: Jouri Kanters,
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