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)
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
Last time: 2022V
Course contents:
This course will teach the students on how to carry our resource assessment for solar energy conversion system as well as (specifically) teach them how to plan, design and predicting the performance of solar PV systems. The course will address solar energy resource, solar module characteristics and components as well as design processes of different PV system applications (such as grid-connected and standalone systems). In addition, the students will be able to use available solar radiation and other meteorological data to estimate the potential and performance of PV systems and carry out their economic viability.
Learning outcome:


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

  • Analyse solar energy resources potential for a given location.
  • Explain various applications of solar energy conversion systems in general, and solar PV in particular
  • Perform detailed design calculations of solar PV systems
  • Evaluate economic and technical viability of solar PV systems
  • Apply method to determine the optimal fixed tilt angle solar collector for specific location.
  • Explain effect of ambient conditions on solar PV performance
  • Determine capacity of different components of solar PV for a given applications.


  • Student should be able to examine technical and economic feasibility of solar PV energy projects.
  • Student should be able to develop models and tools solar for designing solar PV systems for different applications
  • Student will learn to evaluate solar PV projects 

General competence

Student should be able to discuss issues related to planning, evaluation, and monitoring of energy systems projects, and able discuss these issues in context of national and international energy problems.

Learning activities:
Lectures, exercises and discussions
Teaching support:
CanvasCourse 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 (BUS133), FORN200 or similar
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Approved exercises, article review and presentation and, design project work.
3-hour written exam (counts 100%). 
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: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam: Letter grades