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Solar Resource Assessment in Desert Climates

Hamad Bin Khalifa University via edX


Desert regions may seem optimal for solar energy and the deployment of photovoltaic (PV) applications. However, the heat and dust experienced in the region poses a challenge for the optimal performance of PV modules and reliability of the applications.

In this course, you will learn how to mitigate these challenges by understanding the components of solar radiation and the characteristics of solar cells and the solar spectrum. You will also learn about forecasting and nowcasting and how this influences selecting a site for PV application. The economic impact of PV applications is a key area of interest and this course provides you with knowledge on the costs and benefits of solar energy from PV applications.


Module 0:Getting Started
Module 1: Components of Solar Radiation and Solar Spectrum
Module 2: Assessment and Forecasting of Ground Irradiation, Monitoring of Air Quality, Meteorology and Challenges in Harsh Climates
Module 3: Site Selection Considerations for PV System Applications
Module 4: Assessing the Effect of Atmospheric Aerosols on Surface Irradiation
Module 5: Cost of Energy from PV Technology in Hot Desert Environments
Module 6: Techno- Economic Models of PV Technology Diffusion in Fossil-Fuel Rich Countries
Module 7: Consolidate yourLearning

Taught by

Dr. Luis Pomares, Mohammed Ayoub, Dr. Christos Fountoukis, Dr. Antonio Sanfilippo and Dr. Amir Abdallah



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    Fer Gianetti
    In the past I worked in several big scale PV projects (80-200 MW) but still wanted to know more about things related to early stages that define where to go and spend millions of dollars. There is a lot on the table so I wanted to learn more about the factors to take in consideration before making such a big decision.

    Never the less, I expected the course to be more challenging. Since there are really qualified people lecturing I had bigger expectations regarding the technical knowledge given.
  • Anonymous
    It was an amazing experince for me!

    I suppose that we can save our planet by expanding of renewable energy which solar energy is one of them.

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