SRJC Course Outlines

3/4/2021 2:40:54 PMRENRG 157 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  RENRG 157Title:  ADVANCED PV SYSTEMS  
Full Title:  Advanced Photovoltaic Systems
Last Reviewed:2/11/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  ELEC 157

Catalog Description:
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Advanced topics in applied photovoltaic technology. Includes applying the National Electrical Code (NEC) and California Electrical Code (CEC) to photovoltaic installations, OSHA safety requirements, commercial applications, off-grid and direct coupled systems, and emerging thin-film technologies.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of ELEC 156


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Advanced topics in applied photovoltaic technology. Includes applying the National Electrical Code (NEC) and California Electrical Code (CEC) to photovoltaic installations, OSHA safety requirements, commercial applications, off-grid and direct coupled systems, and emerging thin-film technologies.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of ELEC 156
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Apply National Electrical Code (NEC) and California Electrical Code (CEC) to photovoltaic
    (PV) system installations.
2.  Work safely with photovoltaics.
3.  Design and create line diagrams for small to moderate sized photovoltaic systems.
4.  Apply photovoltaics to off-grid and direct-coupled water pumping applications.
 

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Students will be able to:
1. Interpret Article 690 of the NEC and its application to photovoltaic installations.
2. Calculate system voltage drops and select correct wire types/sizes per the NEC.
3. Create a photovoltaic single line diagram to meet building permit requirements.
4. Understand sub-parts of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of
    Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1926 Safety and Health Regulations relevant to
    photovoltaic installations.
5. Select appropriate personal protection equipment for photovoltaic installations.
6. Apply photovoltaics to commercial power situations.
7. Select appropriate equipment for battery based off-grid photovoltaic systems.
8. Size a solar direct water pumping system.
9. Describe alternative (non-crystalline) photovoltaic technologies.

Topics and Scope
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I.  NEC Article 690
    A. Terminology
    B. Conductor ampacity
    C. Fusing
    D. System and equipment grounding
II.  Voltage Drop Calculations
III. Equipment Characteristics and Selection
    A. Modules
    B. Inverters
    C. Charge controllers
    D. Batteries
    E. Balance of system
IV. PV System Permitting Requirements
V.  Photovoltaic Line Diagrams
VI. OSHA Regulations and Safety
    A. Electrical safety
    B. Fall protections
    C. Stairways and ladders
    D. Personal protective equipment
VII.  3-Phase Power and Commercial Applications
VIII. Off-Grid System Sizing
    A. Load analysis
    B. Battery sizing
    C. Array sizing
    D. Maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and pulse width modulation (PWM) charge
         controllers
    E. Wiring requirements
IX. Direct-Coupled Water Pumping Systems
    A. System sizing
    B. Pump selection
    C. Array sizing
X. Current Topics in Photovoltaic Technology
    A. Amorphous and thin film photovoltaics
    B. Concentrated photovoltaics

Assignments:
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1. Weekly readings
2. Weekly problem sets
3. Quizzes (5-10)
4. Midterm
5. PV system design project(s)
6. Final exam

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 40%
Problem sets
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 50%
PV system design project(s)
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 50%
Quizzes, midterm, and final
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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NFPA 70: National Electrical Code. National Fire Protection Association. 2017
 
Photovoltaic Systems Engineering. 3rd ed. Messenger, Roger and Abtahi, Amir. CRC Press. 2017
Study Guide for Photovoltaic System Installers Version 4.2. North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. 2009 (classic)
 
Instructor prepared materials

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