Solar Systems Application - BE1M13ASS

Credits 5
Semesters Winter
Completion Assessment + Examination
Language of teaching English
Extent of teaching 2P+2L
Solar energy. Photovoltaic phenomena. Photovoltaic cells and modules and their characteristics. Photovoltaic systems and their applications. Photo-thermal phenomena.Photo-thermal power stations. Significance, economic and environmental aspects of solar energy exploitation.
Study targets
Students will understand principles and limits of solar energy exploitation. They will learn basic technologies in fabriation solar cells and modules. They will learn system designing, energy yield calculations and economical profitability.
Course outlines
1 Basics knowledge necessary for laboratory tasks  
2 Problem of fossil fuels, solar energy form and availability on Earth
3 PV effect, PV cells, basic structure and characteristics
4 Construction and technology of photovoltaic cells
5 Construction and technology of photovoltaic modules
6 Characterization and diagnostic methods in PV
7 Autonomous PV systems
8 Grid-connected PV systems
9 PV system optimization 
10 Economical and ecological aspects of PV
11 BIPV, solar thermal, concentration systems
12 Thin-film technologies, new technologies
Exercises outlines
1 Introductional, Occupational safety and health, First aid
2 Spectroscopic properties of materials
3 Spectroscopic properties of light and cells
4 Module testing, effect of serial and parallel resistance
5 Module testing, effect of shading
6 Diagnostics of modules by thermography
7 Diagnostics of modules by electroluminescence
8 Concentrator photovoltaics and solar thermal
9 Computer design of a residential PV systems
10 Experimental analysis of laboratory on-grid PV system
11 Computer simulation of residential PV systems with batteries
12 Experimental analysis of laboratory off-grid PV system
13 Assesment test
14 Assesment test
[1] Gordon, J., et al: Solar Energy - the State of the Art, James & James(Science Publishesrs), London, 2001

[2] A. Luque and Steven Hegedus (editors), Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering,
2011 John Wiley & Sons
[3] A. Smets, K. Jäger, O. Isablla, R. van Swaaij and M. Zeman, Solar Energy, UIT Cambridge Ltd., Cambridge,2016

[4] T. M. Letcher and V. M. Fthenakis (editors) A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Energy
Systems With Special Focus on Photovoltaic Systems, 2018 Elsevier Inc

[5] Konrad Mertens, Photovoltaics: fundamentals, technology and practice, Wiley 2018, ISBN: 1119401046
Basic knowledge of mathematics, physics and electronics