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Photovoltaic Systems

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Photovoltaic Systems
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020
Module code: MST.PHV
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2VU (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
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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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

MST.PHV (P211-0280) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2012 , optional course
MST.PHV (P211-0280) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , optional course
MST.PHV (P211-0280) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020 , optional course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
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.-Ing. John Heppe

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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  

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