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Delft University of Technology Free Online Course on Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is offering free online course on Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems. Students will learn about the function and operation of various components including inverters, batteries, DC-DC converters and the grid.

In this eleven week course, applicant will explore the wide range of solar energy applications and learn to design a real PV installation with excellent performance and reliability. This course will start on November 28, 2017.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 11 weeks
Effort: 10 hours pw
Subject: Engineering
Institution: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $250
Session: Course Starts on November 28, 2017

Providers’ Details

Delft University of Technology is the largest and oldest technological university in the Netherlands. Our research is inspired by the desire to increase fundamental understanding, as well as by societal challenges.

About This Course

The course will cover design of photovoltaic systems, such as utility-scale solar farms or residential scale systems (on/off the grid).

Why Take This Course?

This course is part of the Solar Energy Engineering MicroMasters Program designed to cover all physics and engineering aspects of photovoltaics: photovoltaic energy conversion, technologies and systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • The effects of the position of the sun and solar irradiance on PV module performance
  • Components of a PV-system: PV modules, inverters, DC-DC converters, batteries, charge controllers and cables
  • How to design a PV-system ranging from a residential rooftop system to a utility scale solar farm
  • The economics and ecology of PV-systems


Olindo Isabella

Dr. Olindo Isabella is assistant professor in the Photovoltaics Material and Devices group at the TU Delft faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. Between 2011 and 2012 he was visiting researcher at AIST (Tsukuba, Japan) working on high performance thin-film a-SiGe:H absorber for multi-junction thin-film silicon solar cells.

Ravi Vasudevan

Dr. Ravi Vasudevan obtained his MSc and PhD from the Delft University of Technology. He has researched solar energy and is an expert in silicon heterojunction solar cells. He also is experienced in solar energy education.


Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering and/or the successful completion of PV1x and PV2x (or firm grasp of their content).

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