• 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 Fiacre Rougieux
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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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 will cover 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:

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.

Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

Indicative Assessment

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

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The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

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 ENGN2218

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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
3167 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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