Education in the area of solar energy engineering is a fast growing area for colleges and universities around the world. Students are now able to be able find individual courses or full degree programs in solar energy as well as energy storage and efficiency.
In choosing any educational option for solar it is important to ensure that there is hands on work included as part of the course curriculum as this is the key to real understanding of engineering based subjects.
In the case of solar thermal energy, here is a small video of a solar steam generator project that was part of a final year mechanical engineering project. After designing this solar thermal collector the students then built and tested it in a real world situation.
The unit shown in the video can produce more than 500 Degree Celsius which will easily be able to supply steam to homes or manufacturing plants.
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.