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Solar Energy Principles and Applications

Solar Energy Principles and Applications
Note: This PDH course is a recorded video presentation.
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH video presentation addresses the properties of electromagnetic radiation and provides basic calculations for electromagnetic radiation. It discusses several solar position parameters along with means of calculating values for them. It also touches on the major methods by which solar radiation is converted into other useable forms of energy. It presents the extraterrestrial solar radiation and illustrates how to obtain values for the average monthly rate of solar radiation striking the surface of a typical solar collector, at a specified location in the United States for a given month. It presents calculations and data retrieval methods through numerous examples.


Solar energy is radiant light and heat that travels from the sun to the earth in the form of electromagnetic radiation and is harnessed using a range of ever-evolving technologies, such as solar heating, photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, solar architecture and artificial photosynthesis. It is an important source of renewable energy and its technologies are broadly characterized as either passive solar or active solar depending on the way they capture and distribute solar energy or convert it into solar power.


This 4 PDH online video presentation is intended primarily for mechanical, civil, environmental, chemical, and industrial engineers, who are interested in learning more about solar energy.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding the different types of electromagnetic radiation and which of them are included in solar radiation
  • Calculating wavelength if given frequency, and frequency if given wavelength, for specified electromagnetic radiation
  • Learning about absorbance, reflectance, and transmittance as applied to a surface receiving electromagnetic radiation and to make calculations using those parameters
  • Obtaining values for solar declination, solar hour angle, solar altitude angle, sunrise angle, and sunset angle, and applying them in radiation calculations
  • Learning about the major methods by which solar radiation is converted into other useable forms of energy
  • Obtaining an estimated value for monthly averaged extraterrestrial radiation on a horizontal surface for a specified month and latitude between 20 and 65 degrees
  • Obtaining values for the average monthly rate of solar radiation striking the surface of a solar collector with one of several standard tilt angles at a specified location in the United States for a given month
Course Document

For this professional engineering CEU course, you will need to watch the video presentation titled, “Solar Energy Principles and Applications”. To access the video presentation, you will need to log in or register and purchase the course.  Following course purchase, please click on the link provided in your account history to view the video presentation. The duration of the video presentation is approximately 151 minutes.

Please note that you will be watching the video presentation via YouTube or another video streaming platform which will be streaming though
Course Quiz

Once you are finished watching the PDH video presentation, you will need to close or minimize the video portal to return to your account and click on “Take Quiz”. You will need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty-five (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this video presentation.

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

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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