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The EE200 intensive training course is designed to help individuals understand the fundamentals of solar energy systems from scratch. No experience is required. It covers a wide range of topics, including: the fundamentals of solar energy, types of solar energy systems, electricity fundamentals, system sizing principles, and the design of photovoltaic systems. This course includes 20 hours of onsite training, a course outline, examples, exercises, quizzes, assignments, final exam and a certificate of completion.
o Understand the components of solar power system and deal with them.
o Understand parameters related to sun.
o Understand fundamentals of electricity.
o Ability to design off/on grid solar power systems.
Pre-Requisites by Topic
Computer Usage: Online tables, Matlab and solar system Simulation software.
1. Introduction To Solar Power Systems 0.5 Hour
2. Fundamentals of Solar Energy 5 Hours
o The sun
o Radiation, Global radiation
o Irradiance, insolation and irradiation
o Solar constant
o Peak sun hour
o Solar position, azimuth, altitude
o Geographic coordinates
o Earth’s motion
o Time zone.
o Declination angle
o Distance between the earth and the sun calculations
o Magnetic declination
o Air mass
o Tilt angle
o Solar radiation measuring tools
o Finding the insolation table for any location
o Solar calculations using Matlab
3. Electricity Fundamentals 1.5 Hours
o Electric charge
o Electric current
o Insulator, conductors, and simi-conductors
o Electric voltage
o AC vs. DC
o Parallel & series connections
o Power and energy
o Estimate the monthly consumption of energy
o Electric bills
4. Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Systems 5 Hours
o Features of photovoltaic systems
o Applications of PV systems
o Types of PV systems
o Photovoltaic (PV) Effect
o Photovoltaic cell, module and array
o I-V & P-V characteristic curves
o Factors effecting the performance of the PV module
o Solar module orientation
o Charge controller; principle & types
o Battery ; principle & types
o Power inverter ; principle & types
o The load
5. Procedure of Designing a PV System (On & Off Grid) 1.5 Hours
6. Applications In How to Design Off-grid Solar Power Systems 1.5 Hours
7. Review & Other Topics 1 Hour
Assignment of course grade:
The grade will be based on the weighted index as shown below.
Homework . . . . . . . . . 15 %
Quizzes . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 %
Project .. . . . . . . . . . . . 15 %
Final Exam . . . . . . . . . 55 %
* 3 quizzes + 3 Assignments+ 1 project + 1 final exam
Course Pass Grade: 80%
Important Note: Students who do not pass 80% can retake the final exam after paying $30 exam fee.
About the Instructor:
Taleb H. Al-theanat received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, in 2013. He received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bridgeport, USA with a 4.0 GPA.
From 2014 to 2016, he was a Graduate Assistant with the faculty of engineering at the University of Bridgeport. He is currently a technical Co-Op at Eversource Energy Co. in Westwood, MA, USA. He is the director of the Global Institute of Electrical Engineering (GIEE) Middle East & North Africa. He is the author of one book and more than 8 articles. His current research interests: Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Systems, Photovoltaic Systems, Electric Power, Protection and Distribution Systems, Power Electronics, Microgrid and Smart Grid.
Mr. Al-theanat is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, UB Entrepreneur center, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), & Jordan Engineers Association (JEA).
Mr. Al-theanat awards and honors include Academic Accomplishment Award 2016-2017, University of Bridgeport on May 5, 2017, Love of Learning Award, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society on November 14, 2016, AAAEA 10th Annual Scholarship on November 13, 2016 and the University of Bridgeport Electrical Engineering (M.S) Academic Achievement Award in May 2016.
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