Course overview

Design Course For Solar Energy Systems

Learn to design photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems from A to Z (basics, off-grid and on-grid systems, batteries, using software, protection, and simulation). 11 sections, 58 lectures in 11h 43m total length.
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 What's included?

This course is designed for anyone who would like to learn about solar energy from A to Z for electrical engineers, solar designers, and all who are interested in working in the solar energy field.

What are you going to learn in this course?
  • Construction of the PV(Photovoltaic) cells, the connection of PV cells including series and parallel and when to use each of them, advantages and disadvantages of PV cells
  • Shading and tilt angle.
  • Sun tracking to get max output power from PV Cells and techniques of MPPT (Maximum power point Tracking)
  • Single line diagram of the PV system and selection of fuses and breakers.
  • Effect of insolation, temperature and load resistance on power
  • Simulation of PV cell in MATLAB and obtaining V-I characteristics.
  • Grid-Tied system, its components, advantages, and disadvantages
  • Design of Off-grid PV system using an Excel sheet.
  • Off-Grid system, its components, advantages, and disadvantages
  • Function, types, and datasheet of inverter
  • Hybrid Solar system, its components, advantages, and disadvantages
  • PWM and MPPT charge controllers
  • Different Types of solar cells and their efficiency, junction box and how to wire it
  • Solar wires and cables installation process
  • Determination of the PV max voltage and power consumption demands
  • PV installation, short circuit and open circuit tests using avometer
  • Solar PV System design including design of PV modules, inverter, battery, solar charge controller, and MPPT charge controller.
  • Principle of operation of the solar water pumping system
  • Iron core which is responsible for the magnetic flux action
  • Solar pumping system design
  • Off-grid system design by using the PVsyst program.
  • Protection of PV system, strings, and protection of arrays.
  • Difference between 3 busbars and 5 busbars and how to select AC busbar and DC busbar.
  • Protection devices for transformer, inverter protection, and surge protection device.
  • Grounding of the PV system and solar kit.
  • On-grid system design by hand calculations.
  • On-grid system design by PVsyst program.
  • Off-grid system design an extra example.
  • Solar cells, modules, and arrays.
  • Parallel and series connection in PV System.
  • Effect of temperature and insolation on V-I Curve.
  • Construction and types of batteries.
  • Charging of lead-acid batteries and hydrometers.
  • Maintenance of batteries and methods of charging.
  • The cycle of batteries.
  • Importance of the charge controller.
  • Selection and datasheet of the panel.
  • Inverter selection.
  • PV energy according to Area.

 Course Content

  • Basics Of Solar Energy System
  • Batteries In PV System
  • Components And Design Of Off Grid Solar Energy System
  • Designing Of On Grid Solar Energy System
  • Design of PV System Using PVSyst Program
  • Protection Of PV System
  • Design Using Excel Sheet
  • Single Line Diagram Of PV System
  • MATLAB and ETAP PV Simulation
  • Certificate of Completion
11 sections • 58 lectures • 11h 43m total length

 Who Is This Course For

  • Solar enthusiasts
  • Electrical power engineers
  • Electrical students
  • Anyone who wants to get knowledge about solar system or PV System
  • Complete beginners with zero solar experience or knowledge


  • No prior Knowledge!
  • Passion to Learn!

Ahmed Mahdy

Electrical Power Engineer and Instructor
About Ahmed
I am Ahmed Mahdy an electrical power engineer, I have been an instructor for more than 5 years in electrical engineering, I have helped more than 40,000 students from more than 170 countries achieving their career success with my simple and easy courses. In every one of my courses, you'll see that I am always available and always offer you support through each course. I will join your success and help you through any obstacles.

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