Effective Low-budget Approach to Teaching Photovoltaic Systems to Electrical Engineering Technology Students at Community Colleges

Elena Brewer, Anthony Dalessio
2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
This paper presents a unique approach to introduction of the photovoltaic course and corresponding laboratory into the Electrical Engineering Technology program at the two-year college level implemented at Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY. This approach uses the middle ground between the extremely technical courses for photovoltaic systems at four-year colleges and universities and the more simplified approach to photovoltaic systems at the trade level targeting PV installers. It balances
more » ... llers. It balances the necessity of rigorous theoretical overview of PV components and their behavior under different weather and load conditions, with requirements of significant hands-on course/lab component, and with strict budgetary constraints common to two-year schools. The course methodology, its presentation, and laboratory design are briefly outlined in this paper.
doi:10.18260/1-2--21262 fatcat:3gnq63y7krar3kszp2wd76bnpy