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Renewables: Solar Power - Distance Learning

28 September 2020 - 29 January 2021

The aim of this course is to introduce the facts governing the nature, availability and characteristics of the solar resources and the fundamental concepts of photovoltaics and solar thermal conversion. The conversion technologies are examined critically in terms of design, efficiency, manufacturing options and costs.

This course covers the following areas: -

  • The characteristics of the solar resource and its variability in the context of solar energy systems.

  • Design principles and components used in photovoltaic systems.

  • The principles, design and manufacturing concepts behind common semiconductor PV devices.

  • Operational principles of flat plate solar thermal collectors.

  • Principles of passive solar in buildings.

On completion the student should be able to: -

  • Design photovoltaic and solar thermal systems for optimal energy conversion at a given location.

  • Measure, analyse and evaluate the electrical characteristics of a photovoltaic device under different operating conditions.


Delivered completely online this course will offer you the flexibility of working at your own pace at the most convenient time of the day.

The course will take one semester (15 weeks) to complete. 

You can choose to take *formal assessment at Loughborough and if successful can accumulate credits towards your personal CPD portfolio.  By obtaining credits you may also be eligible to progress towards a postgraduate award.

Places are restricted so if you wish to join the course please note that the deadline date for booking will be 6 September 2020. Online booking will be made available nearer the time. In the meantime, if you have any further questions please contact

 *Taking an exam at Loughborough is free of charge.  An additional Loughborough administration fee of £250 is charged for taking exams off campus.  However, you will have to pay further costs to arrange and use an approved local exam centre.  For more details please contact the Postgraduate Administration Team prior to making your booking. 



Course details

Course code
One semester, 150 hours study, approximately 10 hours per week
Course leader
Dr Jake Bowers
The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Places available


Target audience
This course is for graduates in engineering or other technical disciplines.
Previous experience
If you do not have a degree as specified above contact the Postgraduate Administration Team prior to registering with details of your academic and work experience. An assessment will be made on your suitability for the course.


Assessment is by coursework (15%) and 3 hour written exam (85%)
15 credits


Course fee
Accommodation costs
Not applicable


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 5 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.