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Titel: Understanding the dynamics of solar energy systems by using simulation narratives
Autor/-in: Witzig, Andreas
Borth, S.
Danesi, Serena
Tagungsband: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Solar Energy for Buildings and Industry (EuroSun2018)
Angaben zur Konferenz: EuroSun 2018, 12th international conference on solar energy for buildings and industry, Rapperswil, 10. - 13. September 2018
Verlag / Hrsg. Institution: International Solar Energy Society
Verlag / Hrsg. Institution: Freiburg im Breisgau
Erscheinungsdatum: 2018
Lizenz (gemäss Verlagsvertrag): Lizenz gemäss Verlagsvertrag
Art der Begutachtung: Peer review (Abstract)
Sprache: Englisch
Schlagwörter: Solar education; Seamless learning; Simulation narrative
Fachgebiet (DDC): 620: Ingenieurwesen
621.3: Elektrotechnik und Elektronik
Zusammenfassung: 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.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisationseinheit: Institut für Angewandte Mathematik und Physik (IAMP)
Institut für Energiesysteme und Fluid-Engineering (IEFE)
Institute of Computational Physics (ICP)
Publikationstyp: Konferenz: Paper
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-3317
ISBN: 978-3-9820408-0-6
Publiziert im Rahmen des ZHAW-Projekts: IBH Lab Seamless Learning
Enthalten in den Sammlungen:Publikationen School of Engineering

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