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STEM1010 Solar Tracking System 太阳能追踪系统

Large energy demand and the need to protect our environment have made the development of clean and renewable energy sources an extremely important and urgent task. Using solar energy, photovoltaic technology, which delivers electricity directly from sunlight, provides a clean and effective approach to solve the energy and environment crisis. In this course, we combine fundamental science basics with hands-on engineering projects, i.e. building a solar tracking system using 3D printing technique, to give students a comprehensive understanding on relevant knowledge. Students will learn the fundamentals of solid-state physics, p-n junction, photovoltaic cells, trigonometry, complex number, ordinary differential equation, 3D printing materials, SolidWorks designs and solar cell testing.



Organising units:
  • Faculty of Engineering, CUHK
  • Faculty of Science, CUHK
  • Centre for Promoting Science Education, CUHK
Category:   Category I – University Credit-Bearing
Learning outcomes:   Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of problems in trigonometry/complex number/ordinary differential equation/electricity/modem physics/solid-state physics.
  2. Understand the key physical parameters and the fundamental laws in photovoltaic cells and the fundamental limitation of their performance.
  3. Apply a systematic approach to solving engineering problems and engineering design.
  4. Perform 3D printing design and fabrication to build a simple solar tracking system with electronics sensing and control system and evaluate their performance.
  5. Appreciate the importance of modelling and obtaining data by experiment.

Learning Activities:
  1. Lectures
  2. Exercise and Assignment
  3. Lab
  4. Case Discussion
Medium of Instruction:   Cantonese supplemented with English
  1. Short answer test or exam
  2. Other
Recognition:   No. of University unit(s) awarded: 3#
* Certificate or letter of completion will be awarded to students who attain at least 75% attendance and pass the assessment (if applicable)
# Subject to the University Approval
Expected applicants:   S6 Students should have physics background and study Mathematics (Module 1 Calculus and Statistics). Students with chemistry background will have advantages.
Organising period:   Summer 2018
Application method:   SAYT Online application