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What you will learn

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    Identify the essential characteristics and technical requirements of photovoltaic, wind, and low head hydroelectric energy systems.

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    Integrate scientific and technological principles necessary to assess and implement small-scale renewable energy schemes.

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    Develop a plan for implementing a small-scale renewable energy scheme.

Skills you will gain

Renewable EnergyEnergy SystemsPower and Energy CalculationsPhotovoltaic System DesignEnergy Audits

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Beginner Level

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

1: Everything Is Solar

5 videos (Total 37 min), 10 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Benefits and Costs of Renewable Energy Schemes3m
The Importance of The Solar Spectrum, the Stefan Boltzmann Law and Wien’s Displacement Law16m
The Roles of Direct Beam Radiation and Diffuse Radiation10m
Panel Orientation in the Real World3m
10 readings
Getting Started: What You Need to Know10m
Participating in Discussions5m
About Dr. Santiago5m
Optional: Pre-Course Survey5m
Why Is It Important to Study Renewables?10m
What to Expect in Module 110m
Radiation from the Sun: Our Source of Energy10m
(Suggested) Examples Using the Stefan Boltzmann Law and the Wien Displacement Law15m
Thinking about Panel Orientation10m
(Suggested) Tips for Finding the Optimum Tilt Angle10m
2 practice exercises
Check Your Knowledge: Solar Spectrum, Stefan Boltzmann Law, and Wien’s Displacement Law5m
Module 1 Quiz15m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

2: How Do Photovoltaics Work?

5 videos (Total 43 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
Exploring Photovoltaic Materials and Semiconductor Physics14m
A Closer Look at a Photovoltaic Cell6m
Increasing the Power of Solar Cells7m
Figuring Out How Much Power Is Delivered7m
3 readings
What to Expect in Module 210m
(Suggested) Photovoltaic Solar Cells20m
(Suggested) Solar Panel Characteristics: Current, Voltage and Power Curves of a Solar (PV) Panel10m
3 practice exercises
Check Your Knowledge: Photovoltaic Basics5m
Check Your Knowledge: I-V Curve and Maximum Power Point8m
Module 2 Quiz15m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

3: The Role of Charge Controllers and Inverters in Photovoltaic Systems

3 videos (Total 43 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Enhancing Battery Life15m
Integrating Inverters20m
4 readings
What to Expect in Module 310m
(Suggested) Solar Charge Controllers: All You Need To Know10m
(Suggested) Installation Considerations: Reviewing the Codes20m
Adding Power Optimizers5m
2 practice exercises
Check Your Knowledge: Charge Controllers6m
Module 3 Quiz15m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

4: Designing a Photovoltaic System

6 videos (Total 55 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Balance of System3m
Figuring Out What You Need18m
Designing a System11m
Design Example9m
Understanding Regulations2m
5 readings
What to Expect in Module 410m
(Suggested) Stand Alone PV System10m
(Suggested) Balance of System Equipment Required for Renewable Energy Systems10m
(Suggested) Five Steps to Correctly Size your Own Solar Array20m
(Suggested) Planning for Home Renewable Energy Systems15m
2 practice exercises
Check Your Knowledge: System Components8m
Module 4 Quiz12m

Instructor

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Jorge Santiago-Aviles

Associate Professor
Electrical and Systems Engineering

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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