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Solar Energy (Manufacturing/Electrical Technology Module

Status: Closed




12 weeks


Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



To give the learner a detailed understanding of the operation and application of PhotoVoltaic and Solar Thermal Systems.

Having successfully completed this subject the learner will be able to:

1. Determine the solar resource at any given site

2. Size and select the components of a grid connected photovoltaic system

3. Design off-grid PV systems

4. Explain the construction, operation and installation of PV and solar thermal systems.

5. Assess the viability of solar thermal systems for domestic and large-scale applications


What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for participants wishing to take this module as a single subject, however these are not introductory level modules and some familiarity with the area as well as a level of independent study would be expected for exam success. Participants taking this module as part of the Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Technology or the Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Technology must meet the entry requirements outlined on the relevant course pages. 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

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What modules will I study?

The module will cover the following major topics:

  • Solar resource evaluation
  • PV output calculation, overview, construction, operation connection of PV system
  • planning and grid connection regulations
  • design of off-grid PV systems
  • solar thermal collectors and system components and operation
  • solar thermal output calculation

More Information


12 weeks, 3 hours per week

Thursday from 7.00pm to 10.00pm (ONLINE)

Commencing Thursday 14th January 2021

Please note that you are required to have access to a desktop PC or Laptop to participate in modules which are running in an online delivery format.

What will the time committment be?

Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.


Each taught module has a programme of continuous assessment worth 50% and a final exam worth 50%. It is necessary to pass both elements to achieve an award in the module.


Participants not registered on the Degree may request an LIT Subject Certificate (Level 7, 5 Credits) on successful completion of the module. Students registered for the Degree will receive ECTS credits for each group of modules successfully completed. Accumulation of 60 credits will lead to the Degree Award.

NOTE: This module may be completed as a stand-alone course, or it may be completed by eligible participants for credit towards the award of Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Technology (Level 7) or Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Technology (Level 7).

Application Deadline

1st January 2021







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