Solar Energy and Electrical System Design (Coursera)

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Solar Energy and Electrical System Design (Coursera)
This course supplies learners with the insights necessary for properly planning, and therefore successfully installing, a photovoltaic (PV) system per design specifications. It directs learners through the important steps of initial site inspection and evaluating appropriate locations for PV systems, and features unique elements of residential, small, industrial and utility-scale solar applications.

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The course probes key design concerns – including load, efficiency, and mechanical and electrical design – as well as aesthetics and tools for planning. Learners experiment with calculations needed to design a PV system, exercising newly gained knowledge about site selection, layout, code compliance, system components, and wire sizing.

This course is targeted for engineers who have interest in entering the solar power sectors. It is also appropriate for HVAC installers, architects and building code inspectors. Learners should have a basic grasp of electrical engineering, physics and mathematical concepts. Those who are unfamiliar with how PV works, the elements of a PV system, and/or solar power ROI should take the first course of the specialization, Solar Energy Systems Overview.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

- Analyze advantages and disadvantages of various PV systems

- Evaluate PV system requirements

- Identify key PV design considerations and planning tools

Course 2 of 3 in the Solar Energy for Engineers, Architects and Code Inspectors Specialization.


Syllabus


WEEK 1

PV Design Basics

Learners will explore site inspection considerations, shade calculations, roof assessments, solar panel location and spacing, floodplains, power line and battery locations, circuit boxes, pros and cons of rooftop and ground-mounted systems, and considerations related to commercial and utility scale solar applications.


WEEK 2

PV Design Considerations

Students will learn about system loads and efficiency, wind and weight loading, how to calculate the proper size for lag bolts, measuring excess capacity, and considerations related to ballast systems.


WEEK 3

Electrical System Design

Students will learn about system sizing considerations and calculations.


WEEK 4

Recommendation Options

Students will learn about aesthetics considerations and tools for PV planning


WEEK 5

System Design Project: Theory to Practice

Students will apply their learning to perform system design calculations.



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