ELEC4405 Photovoltaics and its Application to Power Systems

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit covers the basics and provides students with the information and knowledge to understand, design, and recognize high-performance PV systems. It emphasizes the importance of each step of the design process and proper decision-making. This unit is to provide students with basic information needed to understand the principles of PV systems operation, to identify appropriate applications and to undertake simple PV system designs. The unit offers information on solar radiations, efficiency, intermittency and storage solutions for PV systems. We also discuss different types of PV systems, such as CdTe, CIGS, SI, and organic PV systems, as well as economic and social aspects of PV systems.
Students are able to (1) analyse PV cell operating characteristics and equivalent circuits; (2) apply technical knowledge, appropriate tools and problem-solving skills to achieve a desired PV solution to satisfy user requirements; (3) evaluate PV and semiconductor models; (4) design basic PV cell systems; (5) evaluate the effects of shading on series and parallel connected cells; and (6) apply optical techniques to increase PV system energy yield.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessment; (2) group project; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Wen Lei
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3021 Circuits and Electronics
Contact hours
lectures: 36 hours; practical classes: 12 hours; labs: 9 hours
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