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Module Code: EEE402
Module Title: Photovoltaic Energy Technology
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
• Develop an understanding of photovoltaic solar energy conversion, provide an overview of solar cell operation and analyse photovoltaic systems as a power generation technology.

• Provide a basic understanding of the theory and practice of batteries and related devices and to appreciate the challenges facing their design and operations. To outline the role of the electrochemical approaches for energy conversion and storage; and introduce the essential concepts in the fuel cells, battery, and chemical capacitors development. Other energy storage devices such as flywheel and superconducting magnet will be discussed.

• Provide a knowledge of the practical advantage and limitations of various types of batteries and solar cells (and related devices).

• To appreciate the role of solar energy conversion devices with respect to other technologies.

• To understand the potential of hybrid systems based on the electrochemical and sustainable technologies for energy conversion and storage

Learning outcomes 
A. Gain the knowledge and understanding of electrochemical routes to energy conversion, the role of electrochemical power sources in energy storage, important developments in battery technology for power system, the relative merits of batteries, solar radiation as an energy source, solar cell operation and manufacture, design and operation of a photovoltaic system, and solar power systems.

B. Be knowledgeable about solar power systems & their applications, batteries, and different storage systems, fuel cells and chemical capacitors, hybrid systems.

C. Tackle simple problems in energy conversion and storage, analyze solar radiation in energy terms, describe the fundamentals of photovoltaic energy conversion, assess the operation and manufacture of a solar cell, identify and size a photovoltaic system for a given application, tackle some problems of energy conversion using batteries and solar cells, appreciate the strengths and limitations of various electrochemical methods.

D. Quantitatively describe the performance of batteries and solar cells in a specific application. To be able to evaluate the energy density, power density and other main electrochemical characteristics of fuel cells, battery, and chemical capacitors.

Method of teaching and learning 
This module will be delivered through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials, and oral presentations.
Week 1. Introduction. Fundamentals of Electrochemical Technologies for Energy Conversion and Storage. A review of electrochemical approaches for energy generation and storage. Hybrid systems. The need to integrate technologies. Energy efficiency and figures of merit for performance.

Week 2-3. Fuel cells. Types of fuel cells. Their electrochemical characteristics and area application. Overview of fuel cell systems: fuel cell stack (fuel cell subsystem), the thermal management subsystem, fuel delivery (processing subsystem) and power electronics subsystem.

Week 4-6 Batteries and Electrochemical capacitors. Types of batteries and their characteristics. Application in load levelling and strategic energy management. The link between materials properties and electrical characteristics of batteries. Electrochemical capacitors: capacitance and capacitors; electric double layer; the evolution of supercapacitors; discharge cycle. Hybrid capacitors.

Weeks 7-10 Solar cells. Review of types and their performance. Silicon, cadmium telluride and dye sensitized solar cells - advantages, limitations and state of development.

Weeks 11-12 Solar systems: The design of photovoltaic systems and the need for power management. Main requirement for the photovoltaic (PV) system to connect with grid. The principle of maximum power point tracking (MPPT) for PV system. Typical power topologies and control for PV system. Grid synchronization and islanding detection techniques will be discussed.

Week 13 Revision

Summary of the module.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     6  20    98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Presentation 15.00
2 Research Report 15.00
3 Simulation Report 10.00
4 Final Exam 60.00

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