Introduction to Solar Power Systems (EE200)

Course Description

The EE200  intensive training course is designed to help individuals understand the fundamentals of solar energy systems from scratch. No experience 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 15 hours of online-live training (or onsite), a course outline, examples, exercises, quizzes, assignments, final exam and a certificate of completion.

Pre-requisites: None

Course Objectives

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

o Calculus
o Electricity

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 end 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%

Tuition: $400 USD



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