- Code ENGN8830
- 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, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Energy Change
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify and discuss the current status and development trends in commercial solar photovoltaic power generation in the Australia and internationally.
- Compare, evaluate and select individual components for large scale photovoltaic systems.
- Apply a range of calculation and modelling tools to evaluate and predict the performance, yield, and reliability of commercial photovoltaic systems.
- Assess the long-term operation and maintenance requirements of commercial photovoltaic systems.
- Discuss and compare the different financial operating models for large scale photovoltaic systems.
- Contribute effectively and pro-actively as a leader or member of a group to achieve high quality engineering outcomes.
- Engage in independent research and investigation to solve complex or unfamiliar problems.
- Professional Skills Mapping Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies
- 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. (null) [LO null]
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WorkloadThe 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
Preliminary ReadingLearning 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.
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