Class Restriction And Registration Summary


AME 50539 - Section 01: Photovoltaic Sys. Des. for Eng (CRN 20904)
Long Title: Photovoltaic System Design for Engineers

Course Description:
Photovoltaic System Design for Engineers is an interdisciplinary course that covers the basic science and engineering applications of solar cell technologies. The course is divided into two modules: (i) the properties of sunlight and their relationship to the design and installation of solar panels and (ii) solar cell mechanisms and architectures. The first module describes the sun's resources, the characteristics of sunlight, solar cell tracking systems, the optimization of a solar panel's tilt angle for different seasons, and solar site obstacle surveys. The second module provides an introduction to solar cell design principles, including a review of semiconductor properties, p-n junction device operation, optical and electrical solar cell design, the interconnection of solar cells, and the fabrication of solar panels. The course culminates with a design project where students design a grid-connected photovoltaic system able to satisfy the electricity needs for a family located in Chicago area. The study will estimate the available solar energy, select solar panels, optimize the tilt and spacing between panels, maximize the electrical productivity, and calculate the total electrical energy output.

Associated Term: Fall Semester 2017
Campus: Main
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course may not be repeated

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Employee Non-Degree (EM) ,  Graduate Architecture (GA) ,  Graduate Non-Degree (GD) ,  Graduate (GR) ,  St. Mary's College (SM) ,  Undergraduate Non-Degree (UD) ,  Undergraduate (UG)
Must be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
Main (M)

Course Attributes:
ENST - Energy Studies ,  SUS1 - Design ,  ZTST - Final exam

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