Solar Energy Photovoltaic

Learning objectives

  • Describe the basic construction and operation of a photovoltaic cell
  • Define photovoltaic effect as it relates production of photovoltaic cells
  • Explain Maximum Power Point (MPP) and how voltage, current, and power output are related in a photovoltaic cell
  • Explain how photovoltaic cells are arranged to form modules, panels, and arrays
  • Understand the function of the following equipment related to photovoltaic solar installations:
    • Batteries
    • Inverters
    • Charge controllers
    • Peak-power trackers
    • Mounting hardware
  • Describe and give examples of the following types of photovoltaic applications:
    • Direct coupled
    • Stand-alone
    • Grid-connected
    • Hybrid-connected

Course overview

The Solar Energy - Photovoltaic training course examines the basic design and operating principles of photovoltaic components used in producing electricity from solar energy. It explains the purpose of photovoltaic cells and describes how they are arranged to form arrays suitable for power generation. It also describes the common components required to support power generation from photovoltaic systems.

This online training course covers:

  • Photovoltaic cells
  • Cell arrangements
  • Related equipment
  • Photovoltaic applications

This course is part of the Solar Energy training series.

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