You will learn to compare solar energy to other energy resources and explain how solar panels, or photovoltaics (PV for short), convert sunlight to electricity in the Solar Energy Basics offered by Coursera in partnership with The State University of New York. You will be able to identify the key components needed in a basic photovoltaic (solar panel) system, such as is found on a house or building, and explain the function of each component in the system. You will also learn how to calculate the electrical demand of a building, how to reduce the overall demand, and then how to design a solar panel system that can meet that annual demand at a given location.
You will also compare the different types of pricing models that are being used and key regulatory considerations for grid tied systems (where a house or building is connected to the electrical grid and also generates electricity from solar panels). A capstone design project that entails both the simple audit of a building to determine demand, and a selection of components to design a solar panel system to meet that demand.
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- Introduction to solar power systems
- Determining energy needs and sizing a PV system
- The growth of photovoltaic markets
- Infrastructure of Photovoltaics
- Basics of Solar Power Capstone
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- 1 months
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DisciplinesPhysics Environmental Sciences View 18 other Short Courses in Physics in United States
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- Some calculations are required when planning for solar power, so you'll want to be comfortable with basic math operations (+,-,x,/) and percentages.
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InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 USD for the full programme during 1 months.
NationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 USD for the full programme during 1 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.