Course code FORNY305

FORNY305 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 Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually if needed. 
First time: Study year 2022-2023
Course contents:
This course will teach the students how to carry out resource assessments for solar energy conversion systems as well as (specifically) teach them how to plan, design and predict the performance of solar PV systems. The course will address solar energy resources, 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 the economic and technical viability of solar PV systems.
  • Apply method to determine the optimal fixed tilt angle solar collector for specific location.
  • Explain the effect of ambient conditions on solar PV performance.
  • Determine the capacity of different components of solar PV for a given application.


  • The student should be able to examine the technical and economic feasibility of solar PV energy projects.
  • The student should be able to develop models and tools solar for designing solar PV systems for different applications.
  • The 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), Microsoft Excel (BUS133), FORNY200, or similar
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Approved exercises, and, design project work.
Written exam (3 hours).
Nominal workload:
250 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
10 credits overlap with FORN360 (earlier version). 
Type of course:
Combined 52 hours lectures and exercises, students' presentation
In examination questions, detailed calculations on how the candidate arrived at answer must be provided. Irrespective of the correctness of the answer, a zero-point shall be awarded for any answers without detailed calculations. Furthermore, all answers must be given in correct SI units.
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