- Code ENGN6524
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Engineering
- ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Course subject Engineering
- Areas of interest Engineering
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
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
Online Quizzes (5%); Tutorials (9%); Exercises (20%); Group Project (20%); Exam (46%)
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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
- Markvart, T., Solar Electricity, second edition, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 2000.
- Wenham, S.R. et al, Applied Photovoltaics, second edition, Earthscan, 2007
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|16 Feb 2015
|06 Mar 2015
|31 Mar 2015
|29 May 2015