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Prof. Art MacCarley and Dr. Douglas Hall

Office: EE Office Building Room 20-214
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-2317

doctor solar  EE/BRAE/HNRS 450 Solar Photovoltaic System Engineering

Lecture Materials

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Welcome to the official courseware site for EE/BRAE/HNRS 450, Winter 2020

This is a course about the theory, engineering, design and installation of solar photovoltaic systems.  Topics range from the theory of photovoltaic energy conversion to the practical skills required for home solar installation. 

The site contains all lecture notes, homework, and project-related material, solutions, tutorials, supplemental materials, and course/lab announcements.  Polylearn courses EE450, BRAE450 and HNRS450 will not be used.

•       Winter 2020

•       Lecture M W 6:10-7:30 20-139   Lab/Practicum time and location TBA

•       Course Website: http://amaccarl.ceng.calpoly.edu/SolarEngineering/

•       Selected lecture notes, homework, solutions, and supplemental materials to be posted on this web site.   

•       Exams

•       Monday of Sixth Week, 80 minutes

•       Final Examination Monday March 16, 4:10-7:00 PM PDT, Regular classroom.

•       No single textbook.  

•       Reading and research assignments TBA in lecture.

•       Online materials or Internet links will be posted on class website 

  Reference: NABCEP PV Installation Professional Resource Guide

•       Homework

•       Assigned weekly, due one week later. No late assignments accepted.

•       Solutions presented and discussed when HW is due.

•       “Current Events in Solar Energy”

•       Individual students bring in hard copy of print or web article on recent news related to solar energy.  2-4 students will be selected to present/discuss during first 20 minutes of Monday lectures, starting second week.

Summary of Course Topics

•       The solar resource and solar energy balance of the earth

•       Solar energy solar radiation and capture considerations

•       A brief history of solar PV technology and government policies

•       Basics of solar PV cell operation

•       Overview of photovoltaic module design and manufacturing

•       PV array design and electrical considerations

•       Intro to power electronics for MPPT and grid synchronization

•       Grid-tie systems: Theory, design, applicable codes and regulations

•       Grid-tie PV vs the electric utility grid – the “duck curve”

•       Off-grid systems: Theory, design, applicable codes and regulations

•       Solar energy storage options and design considerations

•       Hybrid on/off-grid systems: Recent developments and products

•       Complete solar system design/permit/build process


 

  Copyright © 2019 Art MacCarley. All rights reserved, but I’m happy to share for personal use.