EME 812
Utility Solar Power and Concentration

1.5 Refresher on Units and Terminology

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1.5 Refresher on Units and Terminology

At the conclusion of this lesson, I want to refer you to some resources on basic energy units, conversions, and terminology that specifically applies to solar energy systems.

Please check this unit from the EME 810 Course (Solar Resource Assessment and Economics) by Prof. Jeffrey Brownson that explains the basic jargon and units used to measure solar energy and power. Even if you have taken EME 810 as a prerequisite, I encourage you to review the page Basic Solar Jargon for Energy and Power as a refresher. Also, it would be useful to look through the original technical paper by Beckman et al. (1978), too, and use it the future if any notation questions arise. The main purpose of this material is for everyone to be on the same page when analyzing the solar energy conversion technologies further in this course.

Supplemental Materials:

These presentations provide additional explanations and illustrations to the concepts of energy conversion and efficiency. These resources are optional, but can be helpful if you need to refresh the basics.