• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Energy Change
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Marco Ernst
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Photovoltaics (PV) is rapidly becoming a major source of cheap electricity. This course provides the tools and methods to plan, design, build and operate PV power plants, with an emphasis on utility-scale plants. Within the course students execute a realistic PV plant project, including planning, design, licensing, construction, operation and maintenance, and financing. Most of the modules that compose the course are presented at a generic systems level, and are accessible to students with a non-engineering background. Some of the modules are complemented with more detailed technical contents, as required for professional engineers. The course intends to have a broad appeal, preparing students for policy, managerial or technical jobs in the fast-growing area of Solar PV systems.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Identify and discuss the current status and development trends in commercial solar photovoltaic power generation in the Australia and internationally.  
  2. Compare, evaluate and select individual components for large scale photovoltaic systems.
  3. Apply a range of calculation and modelling tools to evaluate and predict the performance, yield, and reliability of commercial photovoltaic systems.
  4. Assess the long-term operation and maintenance requirements of commercial photovoltaic systems.
  5. Discuss and compare the different financial operating models for large scale photovoltaic systems.
  6. Contribute effectively and pro-actively as a leader or member of a group to achieve high quality engineering outcomes.
  7. Engage in independent research and investigation to solve complex or unfamiliar problems.

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

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will consist of a combination of written assignments, research/case study reports, laboratory/tutorial exercises and a final exam.  Details and weightings of each task will be provided in the full course outline.

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The typical workload for a 6 unit course is approximately 10hr/week throughout semester. This includes lecture and workshop/tutorial attendance, assessment preparation and individual study time.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Students must have completed ENGN4524/6524 Photovoltaic Technologies before enrolling in this course.

Preliminary Reading

Learning resources and books

  • Trends 2015 in Photovoltaic Applications, IEA Photovoltaic Power systems Programme
  • Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants, A Project Developer’s Guide, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, 2015.
  • H. Haeberlin, Photovoltaics : system design and practice, Wiley, 2012.
  • P. Gevorkian, Large-Scale Solar Power System Design: An Engineering Guide for Grid-Connected Solar Power Generation, McGraw-Hill, 2011.


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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9892 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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