Understanding Solar Thermal Energy Conversion (USTEC) is an online training course explaining how to use solar energy for heating. The course is hands-on training for the real life scenario taking the decision about buying a solar thermal energy conversion technology.
The course therefore starts with a comparison of conventional heating technologies (like gas, oil and coal) and renewable solutions for heating (heat pumps, photovoltaics, biomass, geothermal energy).
Subsequently the focus is on Solar Thermal Energy Conversion. Here we provide deep insights in the working principle, the components and materials used, the process of production and the design challenges of solar thermal systems.