Conversion of solar energy into electricity for power supply: Basics, properties of devices and materials, performance issues, energy yield, durability, standards, testing, systems, modeling, simulation.
1. Potentials, Irradiance, Shadowing
2. Concentration, Solar thermal systems
3. Principle of photovoltaic conversion, making of solar cells, characteristics of photovoltaic conversion devices
4. Manufacturing of solar modules, characteristics, performance
5. PV systems: wiring, inverters, grid-connected system configurations
6. PV systems: Mounting, BoS, Off- vs. On-grid grid Systems, Costs
7. Market development of PV: off-grid markets, markets triggered by feed-in tariffs (FiT), selfsustainable markets, cost and price development
8. Simulation of PV Systems and Microgrids via the HOMER software
9. Performance: optical, thermal and electrical modeling, simulation, measurement
10. Durability of PV modules and systems: Standards, tests, degradation effects
11. Energy Storage
12. Set-up methods for large scale PV power plants
13. PV for general electricity supply: Predictability, combination with other energy sources, Modification, Load Management
14. Excursion to a solar research unit or a solar project
After completing the course the students should be Students in a position to:
• be familiarized with the basics of solar electric power engineering.
• understand the specific characteristics of a power supply via solar-thermal and photovoltaic energy conversion. understand, analyze and evaluate solar electric power plants and to be enabled to plan a layout of a PV power plant
• are enabled to apply the knowledge and skills across disciplines
• are enabled to use method-oriented approaches for the implementation of sustainable energy supply
• are enabled to educate themselves in the future.