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Publication type: Conference paper
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Understanding the dynamics of solar energy systems by using simulation narratives
Authors: Witzig, Andreas
Borth, S.
Danesi, Serena
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-3317
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Solar Energy for Buildings and Industry (EuroSun2018)
Conference details: 12th International Conference on Solar Energy and Buildings (EuroSun 2018), Rapperswil, 10-13 September 2018
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher / Ed. Institution: International Solar Energy Society
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Freiburg im Breisgau
ISBN: 978-3-9820408-0-6
Language: English
Subjects: Solar education; Seamless learning; Simulation narrative
Subject (DDC): 620: Engineering
621.3: Electrical engineering and electronics
Abstract: In this paper, we discuss the application of modern didactic approaches to solar energy education. We focus on the dynamics of decentralized energy systems and solar thermal applications. In order to bridge the gap between theory and practice, students are engaged in investigating solar systems in numerical analysis combined with hands-on laboratory exercises. Our learning material includes simulation software and state-of-the-art analysis tools for the post-processing of log data. We recognize similarities in the students’ cognitive processes when they do simulations in one part of their practical work and hardware experiments in the other part. In both cases, the narrative nature of the processes are a key to a fundamental understanding of the underlying physics. For both the simulation approach as well as the hardware experiments, students train to explain the physical processes in words: Simulation software and hardware laboratory equipment are the “story worlds” and a specific simulation run or a measurement experiment is the “story” (Fuchs 2015). Consequently, students at the same time practice clearly phrasing their observations and extend their expertise in solar energy. They also train abilities like system modeling, parameter validation, and practical skills like the handling of large data amounts typically produced by logging devices. We conclude that a narrative approach helps to thoroughly understand the controller strategies in solar systems with all its consequences and at the same time enables solar engineers for successful communication with the various players.
Fulltext version: Published version
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Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Mathematics and Physics (IAMP)
Institute of Energy Systems and Fluid Engineering (IEFE)
Institute of Computational Physics (ICP)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: IBH Lab Seamless Learning
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