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Unit for Continuing Education

Course overview

  • It will provide attendees with the understanding and tools to design grid-tied photovoltaice (PV) systems within the South African solar resource, technical and legislative contexts.
  • The underlying design criteria will be to optimise the energy yield versus lifecycle costs of the PV system within the given resource, technical and legislative constraints, i.e the optimising of the financial viability of the system.

Specifically, the following topics will be covered:

  • Solar resource & irradiation data sources
  • How the photovoltaic cell converts irradiation to energy
  • Photo-voltaic panel: electrical characteristics, maximum power point, influence ofshading & C diffuse irradiation, etc.
  • Photo-voltaic array: Impact of positioning & tracking, string design and DC cable sizing, etc.
  • Connection to the distribution grid: power electronics basics, earthing and circuit breaker design.
  • Financial viability: understanding tariffs, payback, etc.

Course date:

  • 29 May - 2 June

Course fee:

  • R5500
Contact information
Ms Joshna Daya
Administrative Assistant
joshna.daya@nmmu.ac.za