An introduction to photovoltaic (solar electric) technology for students with a strong personal interest in photovoltaics (PV) as well as those considering a career in solar electric technology. This course provides students with the theoretical basis for understanding the various types of solar electric systems. The course covers the history of solar electricity, current markets and industry status, basic electrical theory, and other considerations necessary for solar electric systems.
Topics include a detailed study of system components as well as the proper and safe electrical interconnection of these components and includes hands-on training exercises and experiments. Local visits to PV related facilities and assembly of real world systems examples reinforce classroom learning.
(Prerequisite: MAT 105, Col 090 and ENG 090 or satisfactory placement test score. (Recommended: SCI 112). Special Requirement: Field trips required. This is the non-credit option of REE 121.