Course code FORN360

FORN360 Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems

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Course responsible: Muyiwa Samuel Adaramola
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
5 students minimum
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in autumn parallel and has teaching/evaluation in autumn parallel
Course frequency: Annually if needed
First time: 2016H
Preferential right:
M-FORNY 
Course contents:

The following topics will be covered in this course:

  • Solar energy resources
  • Solar module electrical characteristics
  • Grid-connected PV system design
  • Off-grid (stand-alone) PV system design
  • Performance assessment
  • Solar PV-powered water pumping systems
  • Solar PV economy
  • Planning of Photovoltaic energy systems
  • Environmental and Social Issues
Learning outcome:

After the completion of the course,  students should be able:

Knowledge and skills

  • To plan, design and assess (the performance)PV energy systems
  • To evaluate and predict the performance of solar energy conversion systems
  • To carry out design calculations for PV systems
  • To discuss factors that affect PV performance
  • To use available solar radiation and other meteorological data to assess the potential of PV.
  • To select appropriate PV components for a given applications

General competence

  • To communicate and discuss issues related to solar energy resource assessment
  • To discuss issues related to planning and evaluation of PV energy systems projects
  • To carry out performance analysis of PV installations
  • To communicate photovoltaic energy systems issues covered in the course with both specialists and the public.
  • To evaluate economic viability of PV energy systems
Learning activities:
Lectures, exercises and discussions
Teaching support:
FronterCourse responsible can provide academic support to students during office hours
Syllabus:

Suggested reading books:

Häberlin H (2012). Photovoltaics- system design and practice. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd, 1st EditionMasters GM (2013). Renewable and efficient electric power systems. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Second Edition. (Note: Chapters 4, 5 and 6 for solar PV)Mertens K (2014). Photovoltaics: Fundamentals, Technology and Practice. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. First Edition.Messenger RA and Ventre J (2010). Photovoltaic systems engineering. CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group. Third Edition.

Other reading materials will be handed out at the first lecture

Prerequisites:
Basic knowledge in mathematics (MATH100) and MicrosoftExcel, FORN200 or similar
Recommended prerequisites:
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Mandatory activity:
Approved exercises, article review and presentation and, design project work.
Assessment:
3-hour written exam (counts 100%). All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
Combined 52 hours lectures and exercises, students¿ presentation
Note:
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Examiner:
External examiner will be used to moderate and evaluate the examination questions and answers respectively
Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått