ABE 4932/ABE 6933

Semester Taught - Spring

Catalog Description


The student will be introduced to principles and applications of Solar Energy in a variety of situations including photovoltaics and solar thermal. After the first four weeks, which well be entirely devoted to theory, the course  will combine theory and laboratory work simultaneously. Some emphasis is to be given about the amount of solar energy in the tropics as on latitudes above (and below) 23.5 degrees.


Physics, Trigonometry and Calculus I and II.

Course Objectives

Groups will be formed in order to perform real live testing and data adquisicion at the Agricultural shop and The Bioprocess Engineering Research Field Laboratory-SEBAC. This data will be collected and analyzed as part of a course project. A final report and presentation will be due at the end of the semester; The dates will be arranged after the second exam.


Marco Pazmino, visiting professor
Phone: 352-665-3116

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required

No required Textbook; handouts will be provided regularly.


  • TREATISE OF SOLAR ENERGY. By Garg, H.P. John Wiley & Sons. Vol 1.
  • PRINCIPLES OF SOLAR ENGINEERING. D.Yogi Goswami, Frank Kreith, Jan F. Kreider. Taylor & Francis Group – 2nd ed.
  • Published papers and Internet postings.

Course Outline (Tentative)

  1. Introduction
    1.1. Brief History of Solar Energy
    1.2. Other Renewable Energy Systems
  2. Basics of Astronomy
    2.1. Kepler’s laws
    2.2. The Ecliptic
    2.3. Solstices and Equinoxes
  3. The Sun
    3.1. How does the Sun Work?
    3.2. Solar Radiation
    3.3. The Solar Constant
    3.4. Solar Angles. Sun Path Diagrams
  4. Heat Transfer Fundamentals
    4.1. Conduction
    4.2. Convection
    4.3. Radiation
  5. Solar Collectors
    5.1. Flat  Plate
    5.2. Concentrators
    5.3. Active/Passive Tracking
  6. Energy Storage
    6.1. Air System Thermal  Storage
    6.2.Liquid System Thermal Storage
  7. Solar Water Heating Systems
    7.1. Passive Systems. Thermosiphon
    7.2. Active Systems
    7.3. Domestic Home Water Systems
  8. Photovoltaic Systems
    8.1. Solar Cell
    8.2. Photovoltaic Panels
    8.3. Related Equipment
    8.4. Batteries
    8.5. Inverters
    8.6. Controllers
  9. Bioengineering And Agricultural Applications
    9.1. Livestock structures
    9.2. Poultry Houses
    9.3. Greenhouses
  10. Solar Architecture
    10.1. Solar Application and Integration
    10.2. Passive Solar Design
    10.3. Passive Solar Heating
    10.4. Natural Cooling
    10.5. Glossary


  • Class Participation
  • Two Exams plus Final
  • Homeworks
  • Class Project/Oral Presentation
  • An obligatory site visit will be arranged, and a report will be expected.

Homeworks will be due at the beginning of each class

Two (2) Exams in class period an the final as scheduled

Students will be expected to work on their own time in their project. Students will also be able to work at the Agriculture. Shop and assemble and test the solar panels to be installed in a SOLAR INTEGRATED MOBILE UNIT so enhancing the Biogas production.                                       

Home Work best 8 of 10 @ 20 points each 20%    = 200 points
Exams best 2 of 3 @ 150 points each 30%    = 300 points
Attendance and Involvement:      15%    = 150 points
Term Project:     35%    = 350 points


Grade Scale: A tentative grade scale is shown below. The curve can be slightly different, with adjusment for our perception of the relative difficulty of the exams.


Grading  Scale

A 900
A- 850
B+ 800
B 750
B- 720
C+ 700
C 650
C- 600
D+ 550>
D 500
F <500


A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses.

Undergraduate students, in order to graduate, must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better). Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement. For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit: https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx

Exam Policy: There are two formal exams for this course. The student grade is based on homework, term presentation, quiz, and exams.

Academic Honesty

As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge: “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.”  You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." 
It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see: http://www.dso.ufl.edu/sccr/process/student-conduct-honor-code.  

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.

0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565, www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/  

Software Use

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Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

  • University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575, www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/

    Counseling Services
    Groups and Workshops
    Outreach and Consultation
    Self-Help Library
    Training Programs
    Community Provider Database

  • Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601, www.crc.ufl.edu/