Solar Energy

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What is Solar Energy (SE)?

Solar energy is energy from the sun in the form of light, heat, and other types of electromagnetic radiation and is responsible for all life on Earth. It is the most abundant form of energy, far surpassing oil, natural gas, and other non-renewable sources of energy. Solar energy is environmentally friendly and sustainable and can be harnessed for human use by an ever-growing number of technologies including photovoltaic systems of solar panels that follow the path of the sun throughout the day. The production of solar energy produces no waste and no harmful emissions unlike the burning of coal and oil.

Description

Solar energy technology use is expanding rapidly. The Solar Photovoltaic (PV) sector is the largest and fastest-growing renewable energy employer worldwide with an increasing need for experts that can support this growth.

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in the (SE) field and become a successful solar energy professional. This program will teach you what is expected from solar experts and will prepare you for employment in various capacities including:

  1. Systems design and engineering
  2. Solar systems installation
  3. Device fabrication and characterization
  4. QA and reliability testing

The program includes diverse learning activities, including videos, readings, exercises, and real-world applications. You will be guided through the content in an inspiring, hands-on, but rigorous manner. It is designed so knowledge is built gradually. We, therefore, recommend that students follow the courses in the suggested order.

Who this course is for:

  1. Entrepreneurs
  2. Installers
  3. SE Professionals
  4. Engineers
  5. People that want to start a business in the solar energy industry
  6. Electricians
  7. People that want to become an installer of residential or commercial (SE) systems
  8. People that want to learn more about how renewable energy works (SE)
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What Will You Learn?

  • The physics of and how to model all aspects of a working solar cell: performance, efficiency limits and design rules.
  • Design concepts and fabrication processes of various photovoltaic (PV) technologies and applications.
  • How to evaluate components of a PV system: PV modules, inverters, DC-DC converters, batteries, charge controllers and cables.
  • Application techniques for designing a PV system ranging from a residential rooftop system to a utility scale solar farm.
  • Design concepts of microgrids that include PV systems.
  • How to assess the economics and ecology of PV systems and communicate these accordingly.

Course Content

Solar Energy (PV)

  • Introduction to Solar Energy
    00:00
  • What is energy?
    00:00
  • Energy Conversion
    00:00
  • Photovoltaics
    00:00
  • The History of Solar Energy
    00:00
  • The Status of Solar Energy
    00:00
  • What is Light?
    00:00
  • Solar Light
    00:00
  • Practice Question
    00:00
  • Definition of Terms
    00:00
  • How to Transform Light into Electricity
    00:00
  • Band Gaps
    00:00
  • Band Gaps – 2
    00:00
  • Excitation of Change Carriers
    00:00
  • Excitation of Change Carriers – 2
    00:00
  • Transport of Change Carriers
    00:00
  • Semiconductor Junction
    00:00
  • Semiconductor Junction – 2
    00:00
  • Solar Cell Operation
    00:00
  • The Ideal Solar Cell
    00:00
  • Series and Shunt Resistance
    00:00
  • Band Gap Energy
    00:00
  • Spectral Utilization
    00:00
  • Spectral Utilization – 2
    00:00
  • Light Trapping
    00:00
  • Light Trapping – 2
    00:00
  • Properties of Crystalline Silicon
    00:00
  • Manufacturing Crystalline Silicon
    00:00
  • Design Rules of the Silicon Solar Cell
    00:00
  • High-Efficiency Concepts
    00:00
  • From Solar Cells to Solar Modules
    00:00
  • Alternative PV Technologies
    00:00
  • Thin-Film Silicon PV Technology
    00:00
  • PV Technology
    00:00
  • CIGS PV Technology
    00:00
  • PV Technologies
    00:00
  • Organic PV Technology
    00:00
  • Third Generation PV Technologies
    00:00
  • Solar Thermal Energy
    00:00
  • Solar Thermal Heating
    00:00
  • Solar Thermal Power
    00:00
  • Solar Fuels
    00:00
  • Introduction to PV Systems
    00:00
  • PV Modules
    00:00
  • PV Modules – 2
    00:00
  • Maximum Power Point Tracking
    00:00
  • Inverters in PV Systems
    00:00
  • Introduction to Batteries
    00:00
  • Battery Parameters
    00:00
  • Change Controllers
    00:00
  • Standalone PV Systems
    00:00
  • Grid Connected PV Systems
    00:00
  • Economics of PV Systems
    00:00
  • Environmental Considerations of PV Systems
    00:00
  • Final Thoughts
    00:00

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