The main objective of the online course Grid Connected, and Stand-Alone Photovoltaic Systems is to introduce the student in the use of photovoltaic energy in the generation of electrical energy for isolated applications (off-grid PV systems) or connected to the mains power supply (grid-tied PV systems).
This course is organized as a modular course of 6 ECTS that is structured in two main parts:
Modules 1: Grid-connected photovoltaic systems.
Module 2: Stand-alone photovoltaic systems
The first block of the course begins with the description of the elements common to all photovoltaic installations (photovoltaic modules, electronic converters, solar radiation and structures). Subsequently, the following contents are developed:
Elements and topologies of photovoltaic systems for connection to the AC power network.
Factors that affect the energy production of the installation.
Grid-connected photovoltaic inverters.
Design of photovoltaic systems with crystalline silicon modules and thin-film modules: selection of modules and inverters, wiring, protections, etc.
Technical regulations on photovoltaic power systems.
The second block of the course refers to stand-alone photovoltaic installations (off-grid PV installations). The following contents are developed in this module:
Elements and topologies of stand-alone photovoltaic systems.
PWM and MPPT charge controllers, batteries and photovoltaic inverters for off-grid installations.
Design of stand-alone photovoltaic systems operating with a DC bus, including the selection of photovoltaic modules, charge controller, PV field configuration, inverter, wiring, protections, etc.
Study of the worst month of design of a photovoltaic stand-alone system using solar radiation data in the location of the installation and energy demand of consumptions.
Photovoltaic water pumping systems.