Topic outline

  • Synopsis

    This course introduces students to the alternative energy theories and concepts of some components and energy utilization in electric power system industries. It covers energy conversion, utilization and storage system for renewable technologies such as solar, wind, biomass, fuel cell, wave and etc. This course emphasis on fundamental of photovoltaic (PV) systems. It also touches upon the environmental consequences of energy conversion and how alternative energy can reduce pollution and global climate change alternative energy scenario nowadays. solar and wind resources and PV and wind turbine system components.
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Alternative Energy

    In this chapter you will be introduced about the concept and benefit of alternative energy. It will discuss the definition of alternative energy, the benefit of using an alternative energy and types of alternative energy resources and technologies.
  • Chapter 2: Solar Energy Resource

    This chaptervcovers about solar energy resource and site analysis.  At the end of this module, you should be able to analyze solar energy resource and to do site analysis. You will be explained about the concept of solar energy and how to assess the amount of solar energy that available at a particular site. Therefore, a comprehensive discussion is given to the sun geometry and sun path analysis. Next, the discussion focuses on to finding the best solar module orientation in order to get maximum solar energy. Finally, you will exposed to various types of measuring tools or equipment for collecting the energy from the sun. 

  • Chapter 3: Photovoltaic Principle

    This chapter explains about the principle of photovoltaic (PV) and a PV cell works to produce electricity.  It also discusses the fundamental concept of a PV cell, module, array and factors that affect to the system performances

  • Chapter 4: PV system components

    This chapter discusses the components required for developing different types of PV systems. You will be introduced with different PV system configurations and their corresponding components needed for developing the system. For each of the components, we will discuss and examine their special features and characteristics before deciding to use in our PV system. Finally, this module also covers the system cabling and protection devices that according to the recommended regulations
  • Chapter 5: Stand-Alone PV System

    PV system can be categorized into two groups which are grid-connected system and stand-alone system. Grid-connected PV system is a system that works in with the utility grid when the PV module get enough energy from the sun to generate electricity. On the other hand, stand-alone PV system operates independently without grid connection. In most applications, PV modules are used to charge a bank of batteries as a power backup. This chapter includes detailed system sizing calculations, balance of system, and system protection for the stand-alone PV systems.


  • Chapter 6: Grid-Connected PV System

    This chapter provides a comprehensive discussion in the design of grid-connected PV systems. It covers all aspects of grid-connected PV system design. You will be introduced how to properly determine the correct size of a grid-connected PV system according to different design criteria. Besides, this module will also discuss different types of grid-connected inverters, their unique characteristics, how to choose the suitable inverter for the system and why, as well installation techniques and specifics. Finally,  a comprehensive discussion on how to determine the optimal number of PV modules and how to integrate all of these components as well as finding the best wiring configuration

  • Chapter 7: Introduction to Hybrid System

    This chapter provides fundamental concept of hybrid PV system. It gives insight into hybrid system configurations. The module also discussed by considering different types of hybrid system technology. In addition a set of student exercises deals with advantages and disadvantages of utilizing a hybrid system.