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Solar Energy in Hot Desert Climates

Hamad Bin Khalifa University via edX Professional Certificate


Desert regions are attractive for solar energy, with much sunshine and many opportunities for utility-scale and residential applications. However, their harsh climate creates challenges for photovoltaic (PV) module performance, reliability and energy forecasting.

This program focuses on solar resource assessment and PV solar cell and module design for hot, dusty climates. The program will teach you the essentials on solar radiation and will explore the challenges associated with air quality and meteorology in harsh climates. By using videos, demonstrations, dynamic learning activities and real world data you will learn about the practicalities of PV technology and how best to tailor PV cells and modules for the conditions of the desert.

We recommend that you complete the courses in the suggested order. However, you may enroll in either course based on your experience and interest.

The knowledge gained in this Professional Certificate program will help solar engineers, investors and energy policymakers to understand and mitigate the challenges associated with siting, deploying and operating PV in hot desert climates.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Solar Resource Assessment in Desert Climates

Learn how to use the components of solar radiation,solar spectrum, forecasting and meteorology to advocate and plan for deploying PV in desert climates

Course 2: Using Photovoltaic (PV) Technology in Desert Climates

Learn how to mitigate the challenges related to PV technology and enhance the performance of solar cells and PV modules in desert climates.


Taught by

Dr. Luis Pomares, Mohammed Ayoub, Dr. Christos Fountoukis, Dr. Antonio Sanfilippo, Dr. Amir Abdallah, Prof. Nouar Tabet, Dr. Benjamin Figgis and Ahmer Baloch



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