Prof. Art MacCarley and Dr. Douglas Hall
Office: EE Office
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.
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.
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
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 Im happy to share for personal use.