t.BA.EU.GSOL.19HS (Solar Technology Solar Power) 
Module: Solar Technology Solar Power
This information was generated on: 22 February 2024
Solar Technology Solar Power
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Version: 4.0 start 01 February 2020

Short description

The functional principles of solar cells and module technology are covered. Software tools are used in the engineering design of PV plants, starting with very basic simulation tools and progressing to commercial software tools in a project. Performance calculations and energy analysis are taught.

Module coordinator

Fanz Baumgartner (bauf)

Learning objectives (competencies)

Objectives Competences Taxonomy levels
e following content is conveyed, solar irradiance basics, Planck law, standard solar spectra, calculation of the theoretical maximum solar cell current and performance of several irradiance sensors, like pyranometer, or silicon reference cell. The students will calculate the efficiency and STC parameters. F K2, K3
The following content is conveyed about basic knowledge of industrial PV module production technology, basic components of a DC and AC PV plant like inverter, mounting structure and the key performance values, and the behaviour as a function of temperature and irradiance F K2, K3
The students will calculate the current voltage characteristics of solar modules a partial shaded modules under different outdoor conditions. A very basic annual energy yield model will be developed based on the solar vector and a constant performance ratio value. Finally, a basic simulation of PV power flow demonstrates the benefit of a storage batterie to improve solar self-consumption. F K2, K3
The engineering of a PV plant starts with the knowledge of the relevant parameters of each component like inverter and PV Module. Using commercial PV simulation tools PV power plant are designed in a Project and also economic key figures have to calculated. Lab project indoor and outdoor helps to increase knowledge about the relevant electrical components of a PV plant and helps to understand new market trends.F F K2, K3

Module contents

Lecture & Exercise

Solar irradiance, spectra, calculation short circuit current
Solar cell, semiconductor, functional principal
Efficiency, theory, products, STC, IV characteristic MPP
Solar module structure, industrial production process, type
Basic components of PV power plants including inverter
Outdoor characteristics of crystalline silicon solar modules
Partial shading of PV modules
Basic performance calculation model of PV plant based on the solar vector
Simulation PV power flow using an additional battery to improve solar self consumption
Engineering of PV power plants – design matching of PV module and PV inverter
Commercial software design tools for PV power plants
Economy analysis of profitability and market trendsPractical training in the


Measurement of temperature characteristics of a solar cell
Measurement of inverter - indoor lab: efficiency, MPP tracking
Measurement of inverter - outdoor lab: performance, shading
Yield calculation of an AC coupled PV power plant

Economics LCOE - Levelized Costs of Energy

Power flow PV plant and battery in the building

Teaching materials

Scripts of the lecturers and documents on Moodle

Supplementary literature

Volker Quaschning; Regenerative Energiesysteme; Hanser Verlag München;
Konrad Mertens; Photovoltaik; Lehrbuch zu Grundlagen, Technologie und Praxis



Teaching language

(X) German ( ) English

Part of International Profile

( ) Yes (X) No

Module structure

Type 2a
  For more details please click on this link: T_CL_Modulauspraegungen_SM2025


Description Type Form Scope Grade Weighting
Graded assignments during teaching semester 1 exams
1 project report
written 60 Min. mark 20% each
End-of-semester exam   written 90 Min. mark 60%


Anyone who can present 2 accepted reports from the associated practical training will be admitted to the end of semester exam.

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: Solartechnik Solarstrom - Vorlesung
Solartechnik Solarstrom - Vorlesung


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