Photovoltaic (PV) solar technology is at the heart of the multi-billion dollar clean/green/renewable energy industry, powering everything from road signs to entire cities. While solar cells themselves are essentially just big PN-junction semiconductors, there’s a lot of advanced and rapidly evolving electronic engineering required to optimize the energy transfer from the rooftop to the grid.

This course covers the fundamentals of grid-connected PV systems, with the aim of providing engineers with a good overview of the technologies, topologies and electronics that make up such systems. The course content includes:

  • Introduction to Photovoltaic  Systems
  • Cells, Modules and Arrays
  • System Components and Configurations
  • Inverter Topologies
  • Utility Interconnection Issues
  • PV Systems and the Smart Grid

About the Presenter:

John Donovan, Technology Editor
John Donovan is the Editor/Publisher of Low-Power Design and Low-Power Wireless and ex-Editor-in-Chief of Portable Design and Managing Editor of EDN Asia. He has 25 years experience as a technical writer, editor and semiconductor PR flack, having survived earlier careers as a C programmer and microwave technician. John is a member the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Senior Member of the IEEE.