• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Klaus Weber
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • explain the basic components and main performance parameters of photovoltaic systems.
  • apply this knowledge of basic components to predict behaviour under certain conditions.
  • appraise and design photovoltaic systems.
  • interpret and discuss the economic and social issues surrounding these systems.
  • discriminate between basic industrial processes for different photovoltaic technologies.
  • identify the potential of the solar resource and photovoltaic systems as a mainstream energy source for the future.

Indicative Assessment

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

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Workload

This course has the same workload expectations to that of a traditional course.  The indicative time is 10-12 hours per week and is outlined in more detail on the WATTLE site.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN3334.

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

Assumed Knowledge

Basic physics and mathematics

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $2190
2005 $2190
2006 $2190
2007 $2298
2008 $2592
2009 $2850
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2952
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3450
2004 $3450
2005 $3534
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3898 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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