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Harnessing Photovoltaic Solar Energy: Materials to Grid Connection

30 -31 October 2019 ($1,350) 

Course Overview 

Photovoltaic-based electrical energy is enjoying unprecedented global and regional growth. Within Qatar that are a number of initiative ranging from research and development, teaching, manufacturing, integration, sales, and service. Continued expansion of the solar energy market benefits from partnership between academia at Texas A&M University and Qatar leaders and companies.

This course is oriented toward stakeholders in industry, government, and research. It contains three modules that will cover the topics of solar materials design and synthesis, diffuse (photovoltaics; PV) and concentrating solar technologies, and balance of systems for grid-integration.

The first module will introduce different photovoltaic systems and in particular compare the market to the current organic solar cell performances and technologies. It will also cover material design and synthesis, processing of photoactive layers and a brief outline into plastic electronics. 

The second module will discuss the solar resource assessment methods, and the various technologies of solar energy conversion to thermal and chemical energy. It will elaborate on concentrating solar power, the differences with PV, and the environmental impact assessment of all solar technologies.

The final module will examine the electrical characteristics of the PV module and methods to interconnect them to the ac power grid. We will explore the electrical model and develop an understanding of how to extract maximum power and ensure operation at the module maximum power point. We will also look into aspects of the balance of systems and develop an understanding of cost-drivers.

This course will cover the fundamentals of photovoltaic systems from materials and design through to the grid-connection. At the end of the course, participants will have a greater appreciation for the interdisciplinary nature of photovoltaics and current areas of active research and development.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to appeal broadly to anyone working in or dealing with solar photovoltaics. On the technology side this includes material scientists, chemical and electrical engineers who are interested in learning about the current state of the art. Participants from business, finance, and government sectors may benefit from the workshop as a technology primer. 

Continuing Education at Texas A&M at Qatar

In today’s global economy it’s more important than ever that you and your workforce are prepared to meet the demands of increased international competition. From advanced leadership concepts and practices to emerging engineering technologies and equipment, it is critical those in your organization have the knowledge and skills to ensure an economic advantage and sustainable growth. Texas A&M University at Qatar can help you achieve this. Both our distinguished faculty and top-notch research facilities are at the forefront of innovation in the engineering field. Through our commitment to educating the engineering leaders of the future, our continuing education opportunities allow us to pass this knowledge on to the workforce in the State of Qatar, the region and the world. We’re sure you will find training solutions to suit you and your employees. We also welcome the opportunity to visit with individual organizations to discuss how to best meet their training needs through custom-designed courses.

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