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Renewables: Solar Power

Date to be confirmed

Solar Power is currently not scheduled as a Short Course.  If you have an enquiry regarding this please contact Ms Jo Mason.

This course provides an understanding of the facts governing the nature, availability and characteristics of the solar resource at chosen sites and the fundamental concepts of photovoltaics (PV) and thermal conversion. Conversion technologies are examined in terms of design, efficiency, manufacturing options and costs.

This course covers the characteristics of the solar resource and its variability in the context of solar energy systems. It includes design principles and components used in photovoltaic systems; the principles and design of various types of semiconductor PV devices; associated processes and cost considerations for manufacturing semiconductor PV devices;  operational principles of flat plate solar thermal collectors and principles of passive solar in buildings.

On completion, students should be able to design solar PV and thermal systems for optimal energy conversion at a given location.

If you wish, you may take the assessment and accumulate credits towards a postgraduate award.

Students not wanting to take assessment will only need to attend week 1 ( week 1 lectures)

Students wanting to take assessment will need to attend week 1 and week 2 (week 1 lectures, week 2 tutorials, technical visit, coursework write up)

Assessment is by Coursework and Exam.

This module is a component of the MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology.

Course details

Course code
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Two weeks
Course leader
Dr Jake Bowers
CREST - Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology
Places available


Target audience
Graduate engineers and technical managers.
Previous experience
Graduate engineers or those with appropriate industrial experience.


An individual coursework report (15%) plus a three hour written examination (85%).
15 credits


Course fee
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Accommodation costs
Not included
Accommodation information
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Cancellations: in the event of cancellation by the delegate, an administration fee of £250.00 for each student place is levied.  Cancellations must be received at least 10 working days prior to the start of the course.  We regret that no refund of course fees can be made for cancellations received after this date. 

To apply for a refund you must inform us, in writing, and provide written evidence of the original payment as refunds will only be paid to the account from where it originated. 

The University also reserves the right to make reasonable alterations to the content of the course.  In the event of cancellation by the University, fees will be refunded in full.  It does not accept liability for costs incurred by delegates or their organisations for cancellation of travel arrangements and/or accommodation.

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