In this course students will learn the principles of photovoltaic electrical energy production, system design principles and to install, maintain, and troubleshoot solar photovoltaic power systems. In the lab, students will graph the output of a solar module, combine solar modules to supply a charge controller, connect to an inverter to feed onto the power grid, compare micro-inverter PV modules with DC modules, configure data logging, and troubleshoot. In the field, students will work within existing systems in BCIT building SE1 and the OASIS project. Students will explore the principles of photovoltaic energy production, system installation, and troubleshooting as well as analyze energy production data logs, including from the BCIT Microgrid. Students will design systems where they will estimate the energy production of a grid-tie photovoltaic system, review site-specific design and installation documents in order to develop an implementation strategy, perform hazard analysis and risk assessment in order to manage safety risks, specify components for a small photovoltaic grid-tie system that includes a generator, and ensure that there is compliance with Canadian Electrical Code requirements, manufacturers’ instructions, and supply authority protocols.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Effective as of Fall 2016
REES 6040 is offered as a part of the following programs:
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