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University level mathematics and physics.

About this course

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The high insolation in desert regions can result in a lower cost of solar energy. While this may be a key motivation to deploying PV in desert climates, there are also several challenges related to the technology that must be considered.

In this course, you will learn what effect temperature and dust has on the solar cells and PV modules. The course looks at the cleaning methods used to reduce soiling, how to measure solar cell and PV module performance and optimize the design of the technology to enhance the energy yield. Finally, you will have the opportunity to consider how you would deploy PV technology in your specific context.

What you'll learn

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  • How to use the data sheet of a PV module to predict its energy yield under specific conditions
  • Determine how the module temperature is affected by the cell and module design
  • How to optimize the configuration of monofacial and bifacial panels to reduce soiling and maximize the energy yield
  • Understand the impact of the desert climate on the degradation process of PV modules
  • How toapply the international standard tests for module performance and reliability assessment

Module 0: Getting Started
Module 1: Understanding the Solar Cell Operation Principles
Module 2: Measuring Solar Cell and PV Module Performance under Standard Test Conditions
Module 3: Understanding the Differences of PV Technologies available in the Market
Module 4: Energy Yield of Monofacial and Bifacial PV Modules
Module 5: Measuring and Mitigating PV Soiling
Module 6: Assessing PV Module Reliability and Degradation
Module 7: Tailoring PV Cells and Modules for Desert Climates
Module 8: PV in Desert Climates in your Context

Meet your instructors

Dr. Luis Pomares
Research Scientist
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Dr. Christos Fountoukis
Senior Research Scientist
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute and College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Dr. Amir Abdallah
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Dr. Benjamin Figgis
Research Program Manager
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

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