• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Fiacre Rougieux
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENGN4524
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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Photovoltaic electric systems have become an important area of engineering and are expected to become a mainstream source of energy in the near future. They are an example of interdisciplinary systems engineering, where basic electronic materials science is combined with power electronics, mechanical design, control systems and economic optimisation. The course will give an overview of the solar energy resource and photovoltaic approaches to conversion to electricity in detail. The physics and fabrication of silicon solar cells, including a discussion of the trade-offs between cost, fabrication complexity and performance will be presented. Economic, technical and societal issues that must be considered and dealt with in the design of Photovoltaic systems will be covered. Computer modelling of photovoltaic systems will be used to reinforce understanding and acquire a familiarity with engineering tools for PV system design.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the basic components and main performance parameters of photovoltaic systems.

2. Apply the knowledge of basic components and their interactions in a system to predict system behaviour under different conditions.

3. Appraise and design photovoltaic systems.

4. Understand the economic and social issues surrounding photovoltaic systems and apply this understanding in the context of system design.

5. Discriminate between basic industrial processes for different photovoltaic technologies and have a good knowledge of future trends.

6. Understand the role of Photovoltaic technology in the broader energy context

Indicative Assessment

Online Quizzes (5%); Tutorials (9%); Exercises (20%); Group Project (20%); Exam (46%)

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Workload

2 lectures per week, up to 1 tutorial, 1 laboratory/computing session per week. 7 - 9 hours independent study per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering or Master of Energy Change or Master of Climate Change. Incompatible with ENGN4524.

Prescribed Texts

Recommended reading:

  • Markvart, T., Solar Electricity, second edition, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 2000.
  • Wenham, S.R. et al, Applied Photovoltaics, second edition, Earthscan, 2007

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3035 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

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