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phy699 - Photovoltaics Systems & Energy Meteorology (Complete module description)
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Module label Photovoltaics Systems & Energy Meteorology
Module code phy699
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Attendance: 56 hrs, Self study: 124 hrs
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Engineering Physics (Master) > Schwerpunkt: Renewable Energies
Responsible persons
Heinemann, Detlev (Authorized examiners)
Holtorf, Hans-Gerhard (Authorized examiners)
Knecht, Robin (Authorized examiners)
Basic knowledge of solar radiation and solar resources phy642 Renewable Energy Technologies I
Skills to be acquired in this module
After successful completion of the module students should be able to:
  • explain the concepts of physical processes governing the surface solar irradiance available for solar energy applications
  • model the solar radiation and show their expertise in application, adaptation and development of models
  • discuss state-of-the-art-methods in satellite-based irradiance estimation and solar power forecasting
  • categorize and feature different PV systems (PV on-grid, PV off-grid, PV pumping, PV-hybrid)
  • explain concepts behind PV system design
  • explain the operation principles of PV systems
Module contents
This specialization module covers more in-depth topics concerning photovoltaic systems and solar energy meteorology. Based on their knowledge about the solar resource and photovoltaic technology, students learn to design a photovoltaic system for various environmental conditions and predict its
I. Adv. Solar Energy Meteorology (Lecture - 90 h workload)
  • Physics of radiative processes in the atmosphere
  • Physical modelling of atmospheric radiative transfer (incl. computing tools)
  • Solar irradiance modelling for solar energy applications
  • Solar spectral irradiance: Theory and relevance for solar energy systems
  • Satellite-based estimation of solar irradiance
  • Solar irradiance (and solar power) forecasting
  • Solar radiation measurements: Basics and setup of highquality measurement system

II. Photovoltaic Systems (Lecture - 90 h workload)
  • Detailed description of involved balance of system components (e.g. inverter, charge controllers)
  • System Operation
  • Detailed System Design -from meteorological input across component rating to energy service output
Reader's advisory
S. Hegedus, A. Luque, Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering, published John Wiley and Sons (2nd Edition 2011)
Christiana Honsberg and Stuart Bowden, PVCDROM,, Access date 2.10.2014
Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Solarenergie, Planning and installing photovoltaic systems: a guide for installers, architects and engineers. Earthscan, London, Third Edition, 2013 (ISBN-13: 978-1849713436)
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency Sommersemester
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Lecture: 4 hrs/week
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 SuSe or WiSe 28
2 SuSe or WiSe 28
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
Passing of the written exam in Solar Energy Meteorology (120 min). Active participation in Photovoltaic Systems. The specific conditions of the active participation will be communicated in the beginning of the semester.