Credits: 3


Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ENEE303; and completion of all lower-divisions ENEE courses with a C- or better.
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Electrical & Computer Engineering department; and must be in one of the following programs (Engineering: Electrical; Engineering: Computer).
Solar Energy Conversion Systems: History of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems, PV Cell, Module and Array Models and Equivalent Circuits, Characteristic Resistance, Fill Factor, Effects of Parasitic Resistances, Mismatch Effects, Shading, Bypass Diodes, Sun Tracking Systems, Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) Techniques, Isolated and Non-isolated Switch-mode DC/DC for PV Systems, Inverter Design and Control, Sizing the PV Panel and Battery Pack in PV Applications. Wind Energy Conversion Systems: Introduction to Wind Energy Harvesting, Horizontal and Vertical Wind Systems, Fundamentals of Wind Energy Harvesting Systems, Variable Speed and Fixed Speed Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS), Wind Turbines and Different Electrical Machines in Wind Applications, Induction Machine and Dynamic Model of Induction Machines, Synchronous Generators and Dynamic Model of SG, Control of Wind Energy Conversion Systems.Alternating face-to-face/online meeting. See instructor for details.

Semesters Offered

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024

Topics Covered

  • Solar energy conversion systems: overview of solar energy conversion systems, characteristics ofphotovoltaic (PV) systems, PV models and equivalent circuits, sun tracking systems, maximum power point tracking (MPPT) techniques, power electronic interfaces for PV systems, sizing the PV panel and battery pack in stand-alone PV applications.
  • Wind energy conversion systems: overview of wind energy conversion systems (horizontal and vertical systems), fundamentals of wind energy harvesting systems, wind turbines and different electrical machines in wind applications, reference frame transformation, induction generator models, synchronous generators and dynamic model of SG, power converters in wind applications (AC voltage controllers and interleaved converters), wind energy system configurations (variable speed and fixed speed WECS), fixed speed induction generator operation principle, variable speed WECS with squirrel cage induction generators, variable speed WECS with synchronous generators.