Photovoltaic Energy Systems Syllabus




The course is designed for senior electrical engineering students and its objective is to create a course which stimulates the interest of students in the design and application of solar energy technology. The course covers a brief review on renewable energy systems. I will focus on the current trends in photovoltaic (PV) energy engineering, solar cell material science, design and installation of solar panels and cost analysis of the overall system.


Course contents:


  1. A review on the global energy use, environmental and health effects.
  2. Different types of renewable energy sources.
  3. Sun parameters, the amount and composition of sunlight available at various locations during various time of the year.
  4. Solar energy conversion: Photovoltaic, photo electrochemical,  photo thermal and thermoelectric systems.
  5. PV system components.
  6. Cost analysis and environmental issues.
  7. Maximization of PV cell performance.
  8. Design of a wide variety of PV systems.


Lectures(New version 2016): This version is upgraded by Ph.D candidate Mr. Reza Bakhshi.

  1. Abstract
  2. The sun
  3. Solar cell
  4. Grid tie inverter
  5. Grid connected system designing
  6. Photovoltaic economics
  7. Off-grid components part I.
  8. Off-grid components part II.
  9. Off-grid design
  10. Preventive maintenance


  1. A Brief Review of Energy
  2. Renewable Energy
  3. Energy Outlook
  4. The Sun
  5. The Cell
  6. Mathematical Model
  7. Energy Storage
  8. Load and Electronics
  9. Some Example of PV Syatems
  10. Economic Consideration
  11. Grid Connected PV Systems
  12. Maximum Power Point Tracking



  • Midterm (30%)
  • Homework (10%)
  • Final  (60%)





1-      Roger A. Messenger, Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, Third edition, CRC press(2010)

2-    Markvart, Tomas, (Ed.) Solar Electricity, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, England(1994)

3-      Stand-Alone Photovoltaic Systems, A handbook of recommended Design Practice, Sandia National Labortories, Albuquerque, NM (1991)

4-      Luis Castaner, Santiago Silvestre, Modelling Photovoltaic Systems Using PspiceJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd,(2002)