Courses Catalogue

Solar Photovoltaic Technology

COURSE CODE: RET7115
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The course introduces basic principles of the planning, design, installation, and operation of photovoltaic (PV) systems. Examination of PV system components, planning and design of grid-connected and stand-alone PV systems, analysis of PV systems at the residential scale through utility scale, including engineering, economic, and policy considerations. The course also provides the opportunity to complete a small PV system design project and develops skills in literature review and presentations. Whichever area of photovoltaics is chosen for their career, the student will have a good appreciation of the technology and implementation from the initial cell design to the operation of the system.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

To provide a broad comprehension of solar photovoltaic systems used for various applications.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

Explain basics of solar photovoltaic systems.

Discuss in depth of its types and design of various PV-interconnected systems

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to:

  • Explain basics of solar photovoltaic systems.
  • Apply in depth of its types and design of various PV-interconnected systems.
  • Acquire the ability to design photovoltaic systems for a wide range of applications, and knowledge of the methods for assessing and ensuring the performance of the system.
  • Appreciate the policy issues relating to renewable energy, particularly photovoltaics.
  • Apply that knowledge in the development of commercial devices.