Checking date: 08/06/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Photovoltaic solar energy
Master in Renewable Energy in Power Systems (Plan: 276 - Estudio: 266)

Coordinating teacher: CHINCHILLA SANCHEZ, MONICA

Department assigned to the subject: Electrical Engineering Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Electric Circuits and Fundamentals of Electric Machines
- Acquire adequate knowledge of photovoltaic solar energy technology. - Follow the technological evolution of photovoltaic solar energy and have prospective knowledge of this evolution. - Evaluate the solar resource in a certain location and know how to determine the environmental impact of a photovoltaic solar installation. - Know how to project, calculate and dimension photovoltaic solar energy installations (connected to the grid and autonomous), selecting the most appropriate components for each application, within those commercially available, and using or designing specific software for each application. - Have knowledge of the regulations that directly affect the use of photovoltaic solar energy. - Acquire the ability to develop a specific photovoltaic solar energy project in practice: from the use of device selection, use of regulations, catalogs and commercial technical documentation, to its implementation in the field, using computer programs.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1.- Photovoltaic energy. Basic statements and present technology. 2.- Solar resource. Introduction. 2.1. Definitions 2.2. Solar radiation 2.3. Solar path. Measurements and instrumentation. 2.4. Irradiation models. 3.- Solar cell. 3.1. Actual technology 3.2. Types and characteristics 3.3. Equivalent cell model 4.- Photovoltaic modules. 4.1. Types and characteristics. 4.2. Power curve.Radiation and temperature. Maximum power tracking. 4.3. Test. 5. Inverters 5.1. Types and function 5.2. Efficiency 5.3. Selection. Regulation 6. PV generators 6.1 Module association 6.2. Maximum Power Point Tracking 7.- Protections 8.- Solar power tracking. 9.- Stand-alone photovoltaic energy systems. 9.1. Components. Batteries. Charge regulators. AC/DC Inverters (PWM, Maximum point power tracking). 9.2. Problems. Sizing. 10.- Urban PV Systems. 11.- Net meetering 12.- Grid connected photovoltaic energy systems 12.1-Types. 12.2.Power devices in Grid connected photovoltaic energy systems. 12.3. Sizing. Retscreen and PVSyst simulation software. 12.4. Grid integration 12.5. Operation and Maintenance. 13.- Regulation. 14.- Technical project. Grid connected photovoltaic energy system: example. PVSyst. PVDesign 15.- Microgrids. Introduction. Sw Homer Pro.
Learning activities and methodology
-Teacher and industrial experts lessons, doubts resolution classes -in reduced groups-, students presentations, individual mentorship and student work to acquire theoretical concepts. Simulation lessons also be provided.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Sonnenenergie. Planning and Installing Photovoltaic Systems. EarthScan. 2008
  • Jose M. Fernandez Salgado. Guia Completa de la Energía Solar Fotovoltaica. AMV Ediciones. 2007
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Additional Bibliography
  • Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas . Fundamentos,dimensionado y aplicaciones de la Energia solar fotovoltaica. Editorial del Ciemat. 2005
  • Luis Castañer Muñoz. Energia Solar Fotovoltaica. Ediciones UPC. 1994
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