Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

MOOC
Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
Language
English
Duration
3 months
Certificate
Certification paid
Course by EdX
Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
What will you learn?
How to design a PV system ranging from a residential rooftop system to a utility scale solar farm taking in to account: The effects of the position of the sun and solar irradiance on PV module performance
Components of a PV system: PV modules, inverters, DC-DC converters, batteries, charge controllers and cables
The economics and impact on the grid of PV systems
Audit learners can develop their skills and knowledge in relation to the above learning objectives by having access to the video lectures, a limited number of practice exercises and discussion forums. Verified learners are offered a number of study tools to demonstrate they have mastered the learning objectives. They will have access to all exercises: practice, graded and exams.
About the course

In this course you will learn how to turn solar cells into full modules; and how to apply full modules to full photovoltaic systems.

The course will widely cover the design of photovoltaic systems, such as utility scale solar farms or residential scale systems (both on and off the grid). You will learn about the function and operation of various components including inverters, batteries, DC-DC converters and their interaction with both the modules and the grid.

After learning about the components, you will be able to correctly apply them during main design steps taken when planning a real PV installation with excellent performance and reliability.

Through modelling, you will gain a deeper understanding of PV systems performance for different solar energy applications, and proficiency in estimating the energy yield of a client's potential system.

This course is part of the Solar Energy Engineering MicroMasters Program designed to cover all physics and engineering aspects of photovoltaics: photovoltaic energy conversion, technologies and systems.

Program
Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
Explore the wide range of solar energy applications and learn to design a real PV installation with excellent performance and reliability.
Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
Explore the wide range of solar energy applications and learn to design a real PV installation with excellent performance and reliability.
Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
Explore the wide range of solar energy applications and learn to design a real PV installation with excellent performance and reliability.
Lecturers
Olindo Isabella
Olindo Isabella
Assistant Professor, Photovoltaics Material and Devices TU Delft
Ravi Vasudevan
Ravi Vasudevan
Postdoctoral Researcher with the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices TU Delft
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