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: 31 mars 2024 
Start Date: 3 mai 2024 
End Date: 17 mai 2024 
Date Details:
Three course days, details will be communicated to the participants.

Preliminary Dates are:

  • 03. Mai 2024
  • 10. Mai 2024
  • 17. Mai 2024
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.
  • Christof Bucher, Photovoltaikanlagen – Planung, Installation, Betrieb (https://www.faktor.ch/faktor-buecher/photovoltaikanlagen-planung-installation-betrieb.html), will be sold half-price (CHF 60.-) in the course (note: currently in GERMAN only)
  • Konrad Mertens, Photovoltaik Lehrbuch zu Grundlagen, Technologie und Praxis (https://www.orellfuessli.ch/shop/home/artikeldetails/A1057619299)
  • Harry Wirth, Karl-Anders Weiss, Cornelia Wiesmeier, Photovoltaic Modules, Technology and Reliability

Basic knowledge of:

  • Electrical energy
  • Renewable energy
  • Photovoltaics
  • Excel or Matlab
  • For administrative questions and module enrolment, please contact the BFH MSE office directly. mse@bfh.ch
  • Students who are not enrolled at BFH must first create a guest account and then send an email to the BFH MSE office. Link to registration form!
  • Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christof Bucher
Contact Person E-Mail: christof.bucher@bfh.ch
Status: will be held
Specialization: Energy and Environment (EE)

Industrial Technologies (InT)

Electrical Engineering (ElE)

Energy & Environment (EnEn)


[Responsible for this text: Bucher Christof]