- Code ENGN6524
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials 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:On successful completion of this course, students should have the skills and knowledge to:
- Differentiate among basic components, main performance parameters, and basic industrial processes of photovoltaic systems and technologies.
- Proficiently apply advanced technical knowledge, science, and appropriate tools in photovoltaic technologies to predict system behaviours under different conditions.
- Professionally apply systematic engineering methods to appraise and design photovoltaic systems.
- Apply research skills to develop deeper understanding of current and emerging photovoltaic technologies beyond the scope of the lecture materials and critically analyse recent research outcomes.
- Work effectively and proactively within teams, demonstrating autonomy, professional conduct, well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility to achieve engineering outcomes at a high standard.
- Relate the role of photovoltaic technologies to the broader energy context.
Professional Skills Mapping
- Lecture Quizzes (5%)
- Individual exercises (20%)
- Tutorials (9%)
- Group Project (20%)
- Final Exam (46%)
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Workload2 lectures per week, up to 1 tutorial, 1 laboratory/computing session per week. 7 - 9 hours independent study per week
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 number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2556||24 Feb 2020||02 Mar 2020||08 May 2020||05 Jun 2020||In Person||N/A|