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Using Photovoltaic (PV) Technology in Desert Climates

Hamad Bin Khalifa University via edX

Overview

The high insolation in desert regions can result in a lower cost of solar energy. While this may be a key motivation to deploying PV in desert climates, there are also several challenges related to the technology that must be considered.

In this course, you will learn what effect temperature and dust has on the solar cells and PV modules. The course looks at the cleaning methods used to reduce soiling, how to measure solar cell and PV module performance and optimize the design of the technology to enhance the energy yield. Finally, you will have the opportunity to consider how you would deploy PV technology in your specific context.

Syllabus

Module 0: Getting Started
Module 1: Understanding the Solar Cell Operation Principles
Module 2: Measuring Solar Cell and PV Module Performance under Standard Test Conditions
Module 3: Understanding the Differences of PV Technologies available in the Market
Module 4: Energy Yield of Monofacial and Bifacial PV Modules
Module 5: Measuring and Mitigating PV Soiling
Module 6: Assessing PV Module Reliability and Degradation
Module 7: Tailoring PV Cells and Modules for Desert Climates
Module 8: PV in Desert Climates in your Context

Taught by

Prof. Nouar Tabet, Dr. Benjamin Figgis, Ahmer Baloch and Dr. Amir Abdallah

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