This Certificate provides a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental physical processes of solar cells, as well as the design and function of photovoltaic systems. The course covers the following topics:
- Conversion Efficiency and Solar Spectrum
- Limitations of Solar Cell Performance: Spectral and Current Losses, Voltage Limitation, Fill Factor Losses
- Fossil Fuels and Solar Irradiance
- Electrical Modelling of PV Cells and PV Systems
- Basics of On-Grid PV Systems: An Introduction to PVsyst® Software Tool
- Solar Concentration and Tracking
- Quality, Optimisation, and Performance Control
- Basics of Off-Grid and Min-Grid PV Systems
- Components of Off-Grid PV Systems
- E-learning via online video lectures accompanied by readings, exercises, and online meetings with tutors and lecturers. Important questions regarding content or organization are asked and answered in the course forum.
- Written exam with online supervision, written critical essay, preparation of project work and submission of written assignment.
After successful completion of CAS students should be able to: •
- Understand the fundamental physical processes of photovoltaic energy conversion.
- Describe the fundamental operating principles of photovoltaic devices.
- Interpret electrical modeling of PV Cells: Ideal PV Cell, 1-diode model, 2-diode model and consequences of irradiance and temperature fluctuation on a PV cell.
- Classify and explain different PV inverters and PV mounting systems.
- Size and simulate an on-grid PV system using a software tool.
- Understand solar concentration and tracking.