photovoltaic panels, courtesy of DOE/NREL


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This course is an introduction to present and future electrical power systems, including renewable power sources, interface to the utility grid, and efficient utilization of power. The course starts with an overview of the electrical power system. The next part of the course addresses photovoltaic (PV) power systems, starting with the solar resource, PV technologies, cell, module and array characteristics and models, proceeding to design issues in grid-connected and stand-alone PV power systems. Next, energy efficient lighting and energy efficiency in electronic systems are discussed. Wind power systems are introduced next, including the wind resource, constant-speed and variable-speed wind turbines, with emphasis on electrical components including generators, 3-phase power electornics, and interface to the grid. Finally, architectures and efficiency models for hybrid and electric vehicles are introduced.