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Solar Energy Introduction

COURSE NO: R03-016
Solar Energy Introduction
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an overview of solar electromagnetic radiation, and presents the fundamental solar parameters and the different methods for calculating them.


Solar energy travels from the sun to the earth in the form of electromagnetic radiation. In this course, properties of electromagnetic radiation will be discussed, and basic calculations for electromagnetic radiation will be presented. Moreover, several solar position parameters, as well as the major methods by which solar radiation is converted into other useable forms of energy will be discussed.


Finally, information will be presented on the use of websites to obtain values for yearly average solar insolation, monthly average insolation, or daily insolation at a specified location in the United States, or anywhere around the world.


This 3 PDH online course is applicable to mechanical, electrical, chemical and energy engineers and architects who interested in learning more about the renewable energy field.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with the different types of electromagnetic radiation
  • Knowing how to calculate the wavelength and frequency for a specified electromagnetic radiation
  • Knowing the meaning of absorbance, reflectance and transmittance as applied to a surface receiving electromagnetic radiation
  • Learning how to obtain and calculate values for solar declination, solar hour angle, solar altitude angle, sunrise and sunset angle
  • Understanding the major methods by which solar radiation is converted into other useable forms of energy
  • Knowing how to use websites to obtain values of relevant solar parameters at a specified location in the United States or anywhere around the world
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Solar Energy Introduction”, which is prepared by Harlan Bengtson, Ph.D., P.E.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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