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Photovoltaic Systems

Module name (EN): Photovoltaic Systems
Degree programme: Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: MST.PHV
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 2VU (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 3
Semester: according to optional course list
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
End-of-placement report (ungraded) and written exam (graded)

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Curricular relevance:
MST.PHV Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2012, optional course
MST.PHV Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019, optional course
MST.PHV Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020, optional course
30 class hours (= 22.5 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 90 hours (equivalent to 3 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 67.5 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Günter Schultes
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Günter Schultes

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- explain the structure and function of a solar cell,
- explain the factors that influence efficiency with the help of semiconductor physics,
- assess the degree of efficiency improvement in new cell developments,
- analyse the electrical performance data of a PV system, identify the factors influencing its performance losses and propose solutions for improvement,
- use simple analytical methods and procedures to design photovoltaic systems according to various system concepts and calculate the expected energy yield.

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Module content:
- The annual and daily cycle of solar irradiance, shading
- Introduction to the semiconductor physics of solar cells,
- Design and mode of operation of solar cells, parameters that influence efficiency
- Types of solar cells and development trends
- Solar curves of modules and generators with
- Influences of temperature, mismatching and partial shading on the system efficiency
- Wiring concepts

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Teaching methods/Media:
Seminaristic instruction with practical exercises

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Recommended or required reading:
Wagemann,H-G. und Eschrich, H: Photovoltaik, Vieweg+Teubner 2. Aufl. 2010
Mertens,K: Photovoltaik, Lehrbuch zu Grundlagen, Technologie und Praxis
Kaltschmitt,M. et al: Erneuerbare Energien, 4. Auflage, 2006
Quaschning,V.: Regenerative Energiesysteme, Hanser, 7. aktualisierte Auflage 2011  

[updated 06.11.2020]
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