About this online course


In this course you will learn how to turn solar cells into full modules; and how to apply full modules to full photovoltaic systems.

The course will cover design of photovoltaic systems, such as utility scale solar farms or residential scale systems (on/off the grid). You will learn about the function and operation of various components including inverters, batteries, DC-DC converters and the grid. After learning about the components, you will gain an understanding of the main design decisions to be taken when planning a real PV installation with excellent performance and reliability.

Finally, you will practice modelling the performance of a PV system for different solar energy applications, and estimating the energy production of client's potential system.

MicroMaster Program
This course is part of the Solar Energy Engineering MicroMasters Program designed to cover all physics and engineering aspects of photovoltaics: photovoltaic energy conversion, technologies and systems.

What you'll learn:

  • The effects of the position of the sun and solar irradiance on PV module performance.
  • Components of a PV-system: PV modules, inverters, DC-DC converters, batteries, charge controllers and cables.
  • How to design a PV-system ranging from a residential rooftop system to a utility scale solar farm.
  • The economics and ecology of PV-systems.


This is a MicroMaster Course that runs on EdX.


  • Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering and/or the successful completion of PV1x and PV2x (or firm grasp of their content).

  • Start date
    Anytime (Self-Paced)
  • Admission Deadline
  • Cost
  • Course length
  • Estimated effort
    10 - 11 hours per week / 11 weeks
  • Course code

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