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Applied Solar Photovoltaics (PEN637)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
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 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 systems components.
2. Be able to identify the characteristics of PV devices and associated systems and hence recognise their inherent advantages and limitations.
3. Be able to design and specify PV systems, perform resource and load assessments and select and size system components.
4. Be able to explain the installation and equipment requirements for PV systems.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture/Workshop: 1 x 3 hours per week for 12 weeks.
2 practical sessions.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to use research-enhanced teaching by familiarising students with research equipment used to measure the performance of solar PV system components. Online storybook laboratories are used to convey the information to the students and these illustrate concepts provided via the lectures and tutorial questions. Screen Capture is used with the audio recordings of lectures to ensure that the slides and the corresponding audio are matched. Students should spend approximately 10 hours per week on this unit. The whole unit is designed to support students acquire knowledge in solar PV devices, independent learning skills and creative problem solving skills. An online discussion board is available, and this is primarily for student use and for discussion among students and they can post any queries to the unit coordinator.
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.
This unit will be assessed by assignments, laboratory reports and a final examination with the following weights: One mid term assignment (15%), One project (25%), Laboratory reports (10%) and a Final Examination (50%). Collectively, the assessment tasks deepen the knowledge of renewable energy technology gained from other units in the MRenSusEn Program.
Feedback on assessment components is provided by the unit coordinators and teaching assistants. Additional feedback is provided to students via email and on the website by unit coordinators.
Prerequisites ENG225 Circuits and Systems I; Completion of 24 points in the Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy OR
Enrolment in the Master of Engineering.
Exclusions ENG337 Applied Photovoltaics.
Notes Students who complete this unit are eligible for provisional accreditation by the Clean Energy Council for the design of stand-alone PV systems.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (MRenSusEn)
Appears in these Minors Renewable Energy Technologies
Renewable Energy Technologies
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Elaine Walker
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2866
e: E.Walker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004I - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Elaine Walker
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2866
e: E.Walker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004I - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S2-External
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