Course code FORN360

FORN360 Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2016 - 2017 .

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: Study year 2016-2017
Preferential right:
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

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

Basic knowledge in mathematics (MATH100) and MicrosoftExcel, FORN200 or similar
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Approved exercises, article review and presentation and, design project work.
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
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