Photovoltaics systems

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XP13FCD Z,ZK 4 2P+2L Czech
Garant předmětu:
Vítězslav Benda
Vítězslav Benda, Jakub Holovský
Vítězslav Benda, Jakub Holovský
Department of Electrotechnology

The course discusses the most important problems of principle, technology of production and final use of photovoltaic systems for power generation. Topics: Solar energy and basic principles of conversion. Photovoltaic effect, photovoltaic cells. Optimization of cell structure in terms of optical and electrical properties of individual layers. V-A characteristics of photovoltaic cells. Determination of the maximum theoretically achievable energy conversion efficiency of a given structure. Photovoltaic modules. Technological processes of production of basic types of photovoltaic cells and modules. Characterization and diagnostic methods, analysis of failure types, influence on durability. Photovoltaic systems (autonomous, connected to the grid). Components of photovoltaic systems. Simulation of yield for a given type of climate and season. Trends in applications of photovoltaic systems and economic aspects.


Basic knowledge of mathematics and physics

Basic knowledge of semiconductor physics and technology

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Solar radiation, spectra, terrestial conditions

2. Photovoltaic phenomena

3. Solar cells and their characteristics

4. Monocrystalline, polycrystalline and thin film solar cells

5. Solar cells from other semiconductor materials

6. Construction and fabrication of solar cells

7. Construction and fabrication of modules

8. Basic types of photovoltaic systems

9. Stand alone PV systems and energy storage

10. On-grid systems

11. Applications of photovoltaic systems

12. PV systems reliability and diagnostics

13. Basic economic and ecological aspects

Syllabus of tutorials:

1. Introduction

2. Methods of solar radiation scaling

3. Evaluation of I-V curve parameters of photovoltaic cells

4.-5. Simulate cells and modules with SPICE

6.-8. Measurement of PV cell and module parameters

9. Diagnostics of PV modules - visual inspection and electroluminescence

10.-11. Measurement of inverter parameters in UCEEB

12. Design of photovoltaic system

13.-14. Final test and assesment

Study Objective:

To provide students with detailed information on the design and technology of photovoltaic cells and modules, as well as the function of photovoltaic systems, degradation processes and economic aspects.

Study materials:

[1] M. Iqbal, An Introduction to Solar Radiation (Academic, Toronto, 1983)

[2] C.J. Chen, Physics of Solar Energy, J. Wiley & Sons, Hoboken 2011

[3] G.H.Bauer, Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

[4] A. Luque and Steven Hegedus (editors), Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering,

2011 John Wiley & Sons

[5] A. Smets, K. Jäger, O. Isablla, R. van Swaaij and M. Zeman, Solar Energy, UIT Cambridge Ltd., Cambridge,2016

[6] T. M. Letcher and V. M. Fthenakis (editors) A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Energy

Systems With Special Focus on Photovoltaic Systems, 2018 Elsevier Inc




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