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Title: EES PV: Photovoltaic Systems
Short Code: MTE7992
ECTS Credits: 1
Organizer Details: PV Laboratory BFH-TI Burgdorf

3 assignments (start in class, completion in self-study)

Decision Date: 19 septembre 2022 
Start Date: 30 septembre 2022 
End Date: 14 octobre 2022 
Date Details: Three course days, details will be communicated to the participants.

Preliminary Dates are:

  • 30. September 2022
  • 07. October 2022
  • 14. October 2022
Language(s): English
Description (max. 300 characters):

EES Photovoltaic Systems dives deep into 3 aspects of PV system technology:

  • Day 1: Partial shading, IV curves and hot spot calculation. Assignment: Create an Excel / Matlab-based IV curve simulation tool
  • Day 2: PV system loss calculation and simulation: Assignment: Create your own Excel / Matlab-based PV energy yield simulation tool, taking into account all relevant system losses.
  • Self-consumption: Assignment: Create your own Excel / Matlab-based self-consumption simulation tool.
Contents and Learning Objectives:

Learning objectives

  • Students can calculate IV curves of shaded PV modules.
  • Students can calculate the PV system energy yield based on detailed loss calculation.
  • Students can calculate the self-consumption based on PV production and household load curve including battery storage.
Admission: Write an E-Mail to : with CC to EVA contact person. Students who are not enrolled at BFH must first register with IS-A:!formInscrs.connection?ww_c_formulaire=FORMULAIRE_ERASMUS
  • Christof Bucher, Photovoltaikanlagen – Planung, Installation, Betrieb (, will be sold half-price (CHF 60.-) in the course.
  • Konrad Mertens, Photovoltaik Lehrbuch zu Grundlagen, Technologie und Praxis (
  • Arvind Shah, Solar Cells and Modules, Springer (

Basic knowledge of:

  • Electrical energy
  • Renewable energy
  • Photovoltaics
  • Excel or Matlab

Prof. Dr. Christof Bucher

Contact Person E-Mail:
Status: finished
Specialization: Energy and Environment (EE)

Industrial Technologies (InT)

Electrical Engineering (ElE)

Energy & Environment (EnEn)


[Responsible for this text: Bucher Christof]