Advanced Solar Power Systems I (EE201)

Course Description

The EE201  intensive training course is designed to help individuals understand advanced topics of photovoltaic systems. It covers a wide range of topics, including: site analysis, system sizing, array configuration, and performance estimation; electrical design characteristics such as wiring, overcurrent protection and grounding; a detailed look at module, charge controller, battery and inverter specifications and characteristics; mounting methods for various roof structures and ground¬≠mounts; troubleshooting and maintenance; using software & programs to design PV systems; and an introduction to safely and effectively commissioning PV systems.

Pre-requisites: EE200

Course Objectives

o Understand every component of PV system in details.
o Perform some calculations related to PV system.
o Build projects using software and programs.
o Ability to design full PV systems (Electrical & Mechanical).
o Ability to test and check PV systems.
o Ability to solve troubles in PV systems.

Pre-Requisites by Topic

o Calculus
o Electricity
o Fundamentals of PV systems

Computer Usage: Online tables and solar system design & simulation software (Sketchup, PVsyst, HelioScope, PV*SOL, etc.)

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Topics

1. Introduction                                                                          1 Hours
2. Manual and Automatic Solar Tracking Systems             1 Hours
3. Components of PV Systems- Advanced                           6 Hours
o Power Inverters
o Charge Controllers
o Batteries
o Over-Current Protection Devices
o Disconnect Switches
o Combiner/Junction Box
o Conduit and Raceways
o Grounding (Earthing)
o Ground Fault Protection Devices
o Surge Arrestors/ Suppressor
o Cables
o Block Diode

4. PV Systems Grounding                                                        1 Hour
5. Shading Effect                                                                        0.5 Hour
6. Temperature Effect Calculations                                        0.5 Hour
7. Mechanical design, supports, constraints                        1.5 Hours

 

8. Inspection & Monitoring                                           1.5 Hours
oInspected & Approved, Why??
oSystem Parameters
oMeasuring equipment
oStatus of C/C
oStatus of system
oHow much is the load power (W)?
oMeasuring points
oSpecific Gravity
oDaily Usage Time of loads
oOveruse
oPeak load & Total load

9. Troubleshooting and Maintenance                           1 Hour
10. Standards & Codes (NEC, IEEE, ANSI, UL)             1 Hour
11. Safety & PV Installation                                             1 Hour
12. Using Software & Programs                                     1.5 Hours
13. Full PV Systems Project                                             1.5 Hours
14. 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: $700 USD

 

 

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