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Fundamentals of Photovoltaic

10 Weeks

The first part of the course is about the basic of electrical engineering. The second part covers design of photovoltaic systems, such as utility scale solar farms or residential scale systems (on/off the grid). You will learn about the function and operation of various components including inverters, batteries, AC-DC converters and the grid. After learning about the components, you will gain an understanding of the main design decisions to be taken when planning a real PV installation with excellent performance and reliability. Finally, you will practice modelling the performance of a PV system for different solar energy applications, and estimating the energy production of a client’s potential system.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, it is expected that students will:
| Understand the basic of electrical systems;
| Identify the components of PV-systems, PV module, inverters, AC-DC converters, batteries, charge controllers and cable;
| How to design a PV-system ranging from a residential rooftop system to a utility scale solar farm;
| Understand the economics and ecology of PV systems.

Targeted Audience
The purpose of this course is to equip the learner with knowledge, skills and competence to perform electrical installation, connection, testing and commissioning of a photovoltaic system. It is targeted for technical people working in industry, hotel and in electrical installation.

Course Content
| Energy consumption,Daily/Annual energy
| Electricity: AC/DC
| Currents, voltage, resistance
| Measurements
| Power
| Why sustainable energy matters?
| PV components
| Photovoltaic (PV)terminology
| The electric load
| DC load/AC load
| Grid tied system
| PV modules
| PV cells
| Available technologies
| Effects of shading/low insolation
| PV wiring (series-parallel)
| Wire color coding/size
| Safety features
| Over current
| Ground
| Batteries
| Controller
| Light efficiency, Composition of the light
| Costs and evaluation of the economical solutions
| Maintenance and reliability
| Practical solutions
| Typologies and modality of installation
| Integration of the photovoltaic modules in the building structure
| Payback time
| Economical perspectives