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Using Photovoltaic (PV) Technology in Desert Climates

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8 weeks
99 USD
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8 weeks
99 USD
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Course description

Using Photovoltaic (PV) Technology in Desert Climates

The high insolation in desert regions can result in a lower cost of solar energy. While this may be a key motivation to deploying PV in desert climates, there are also several challenges related to the technology that must be considered.

In this course, you will learn what effect temperature and dust has on the solar cells and PV modules. The course looks at the cleaning methods used to reduce soiling, how to measure solar cell and PV module performance and optimize the design of the technology to enhance the energy yield. Finally, you will have the opportunity to consider how you would deploy PV technology in your specific context.

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  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


University level mathematics and physics.

Training content

  • Getting Started
  • Understanding the Solar Cell Operation Principles
  • Measuring Solar Cell and PV Performance under Standard Test Conditions
  • Understanding the Differences of PV Technologies available in the Market
  • Energy Yield of Monofacial and Bifacial PV s
  • Measuring and Mitigating PV Soiling
  • Assessing PV Reliability and Degradation
  • Tailoring PV Cells and s for Desert Climates
  • PV in Desert Climates in your Context

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Hamad Bin Khalifa University, a partner institute of EdX.

1-3 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$99
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • How to use the data sheet of a PV module to predict its energy yield under specific conditions
  • Determine how the module temperature is affected by the cell and module design
  • How to optimize the configuration of monofacial and bifacial panels to reduce soiling and maximize the energy yield
  • Understand the impact of the desert climate on the degradation process of PV modules
  • How toapply the international standard tests for module performance and reliability assessment

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