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Applied Photovoltaics (ENG337)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit is concerned with photovoltaic technology and its wide variety of applications. It covers the properties of sunlight, the terminal characteristics of solar cells, modules and arrays, relevant standards and design principles for photovoltaic systems, the relevance and role of balance of system components (BOS) and the suitability of photovoltaics for a range of applications. Laboratory and outdoor experiments working with and using photovoltaic devices and modules form an important part of this unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this module students will…
1. have gained a thorough understanding of the requirements, composition, operating principles, testing, fault finding, monitoring of and performance experiences with PV systems and PV system components.
2. be able to design and specify PV systems, perform resource and load assessments and select and size system components.
3. be able to explain installation and equipment requirements.
4. work and communicate effectively within a project team.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture/Workshop: 1 x 3 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Laboratory: 1 x 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit provides lecture material on the different aspects of photovoltaic technology, backed up by laboratory/field work involving monitoring the solar resource, measuring the performance of photovoltaic modules and arrays, and the use of industry standard programs for assessing the performance of photovoltaic installations.
Learning in this unit relies heavily on students preparing for and engaging in a variety of learning activities including tutorials, laboratories and group work. The unit requires groups of students outside formal class times to work on a photovoltaic system design exercise and prepare a presentation on a specific photovoltaic technology. Students should spend at least 4 hours outside the formal class times per week performing the required reading, preparing and revisiting tutorial problems and laboratory exercises, and performing group work.
Assessment This unit uses a range of assessment types which align with the unit learning outcomes. These comprise of laboratory components for developing and demonstrating practical skills and appreciation of the technical aspects of PV systems and modelling.
Working in teams on the project elements of the assessment will demonstrate effective team work and communication within the project team.
Understanding of the components and various aspects of PV systems and PV systems components, including design and application, is demonstrated through the successful completion of the design project and further tested during the final examination.
Prerequisites Completion of second year engineering; ENG297 Circuits and Systems II; ENG207 Principles of Electronic Instrumentation.
Notes Students who complete this unit are eligible for provisional accreditation by the Clean Energy Council for the design of stand-alone power systems.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Engineering Technology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Renewable Energy Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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