t.BA.EU.PM1.19HS (Metrology in Solar Systems) 
Module: Metrology in Solar Systems
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Metrology in Solar Systems
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Version: 2.0 start 01 August 2019

Short description

Students learn methods for measuring the electrical performance of photovoltaic cells. Working in a team, students measure the electrical current and voltage of solar cells as an essential part of the lab project. Commercial software is used for data acquisition and analysis.

Module coordinator

Baumgartner Franz (bauf)

Learning objectives (competencies)

Objectives Competences Taxonomy levels
The students know the elementary electrical measuring methods with a shunt. The target variable is determined from the measurement data and the used resistive sensor characteristics (for example PT100), also used in a standard bridge circuit. M K2, K3    
They are qualified to calculate the measurement uncertainty according to the current international GUM standard. This also includes the propagation of uncertainties for the electric current in the shunt and the power of the solar cell. F, M K3    
A simple automated data acquisition programs can be created, executed and professionally documented acccording the project work to measure current, voltage and power at a solar cell, at different temperatures. F,M K4    
The laboratory work as well as the evaluated project will be carried out in a team of two SO  

Module contents

- electrical measuring methods:
Analyze current with shunt, four-wire measurement technology, bridge connection
- metrological basic concepts (measurand, unit, guarantee deviation,
- working steps when measuring and creating a measurement report,
- Application and analysis of the measurement uncertainty according to GUM with propagation of the uncertainties in multiplication and division
- Program generation for automatic measurement data acquisition with a commercial measurement data acquisition software with analog / digital converter card
- Independent training in commercial metrology software
- Work planning and efficient cooperation in the team
- Presentation of the function and the result of the measurement task

Teaching materials

Scripts of electronics of ELHL1;
Script  GUM uncertainty analyses, F. Baumgartner
Online Tutorials - Data Acquisition Software

Supplementary literature

J. Hoffmann; Taschenbuch der Messtechnik; ISBN 3-446-21977-3;



Teaching language

(X) German ( ) English

Part of International Profile

( ) Yes (X) No

Module structure

Type 4
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Description Type Form Scope Grade Weighting
Graded assignments during teaching semester Report of project 1 together with presentation of the execution of the created automatic measurement sequences


Report of project 1 together with presentation of the execution of the created automatic measurement sequences

written together with presentation of the laboratory intruments


written together with presentation of the laboratory intruments


End-of-semester exam no       0


The basics of electrical engineering for the execution of the electrical measurements, as well as the current-voltage characteristic of a solar cell are communicated in the module ELHL1

Legal basis

The module description is part of the legal basis in addition to the general academic regulations. It is binding. During the first week of the semester a written and communicated supplement can specify the module description in more detail.
Course: Messtechnik in Solarsystemen - Praktikum
Messtechnik in Solarsystemen - Praktikum


  • No module description is available in the system for the cut-off date of 01 August 2099.