This course covers the fundamentals of off-grid, stand-alone photovoltaic (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
•   Grid-Connected vs. Off-Grid Solar Systems
•   Solar Energy Storage
•   Charge Controllers
•   Power Conditioning
•   Energy Harvesting
•   Integration Issues
An earlier course—Fundamentals of Solar: Grid Connected—focused on PV systems connected to the power grid; if you’re considering connecting your system to the grid at any point, please check out that course, too. If you’re considering a battery-backup grid-connected system, you’ll find the information you need spread across the two courses. If you’re strictly considering a stand-alone system, this course is designed for you.

About the Presenter:
John Donovan, Technology Editor
John Donovan is the Editor/Publisher of Low-Power Design 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.