SRJC Course Outlines

4/18/2021 8:54:33 PMELEC 157 Course Outline as of Fall 2011

New Course (First Version)
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  ELEC 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
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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

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Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of the course, 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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1.  NEC Article 690
      a. Terminology
      b. Conductor ampacity
      c. Fusing
      d. System & equipment grounding
2. Voltage drop calculations
3. Equipment characteristics and selection
      a. Modules
      b. Inverters
      c. Charge controllers
      d. Batteries
      e. Balance of system
4. PV system permitting requirements
5. Photovoltaic line diagrams
6. OSHA regulations and safety
      a. Electrical safety
      b. Fall protections
      c. Stairways and ladders
      d. Personal protective equipment
7. 3-phase power and commercial applications
8. Off-grid system sizing
      a. Load analysis
      b. Battery sizing
      c. Array sizing
      d. Maximum power point tracking (MPPT) & pulse width modulation (PWM) charge controllers
      e. Wiring requirements
9. Direct-coupled water pumping systems
      a. System sizing
      b. Pump selection
      c. Array sizing
10. Current topics in photovoltaic technology
      a. Amorphous & thin film photovoltaics
      b. Concentrated photovoltaics

Assignments:
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1. Read approximately one textbook chapter per week
2. Weekly problem sets
3. 5-10 Quizzes
4. Midterm
5. PV system design project
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, final: fill-in, short answer, multiple choice, true-false
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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2011 National Electrical Code,  National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, Massachusetts: 2011
Study Guide for Photovoltaic System Installers Version 4.2 April, 2009, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, Clifton Park, New York: 2009
 
Messenger, Roger and Jerry Ventre. Photovoltaic Systems Engineering 3rd Edition, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida: 2010
 
Instructor prepared materials

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