Photovoltaics & Solar Energy Engineering

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UAC Code: 
425200
93
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
T3 Entry: 
Yes
Oscar Wilkie

I loved presenting at the Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference on my exploration into the profitability of renewable energy generators in the electricity market of the future.

Oscar Wilkie

What's it all about?

■  Simply put, photovoltaic engineering uses solar radiation to create electricity. It studies the manufacture and use of solar cells, which capture and convert light from the sun to create electricity that can power virtually anything electrical. As a renewable and sustainable energy source, solar stocks are unlimited and a vital industry for humanity's future.

What does it include?

■  The program includes courses in technology development, manufacturing, quality control, reliability, cell interconnection and encapsulation, policy development, life-cycle analysis, system design and more. To get you ready, you'll apply these skills through 60-days of approved industrial training.

Where will you work?

■  This program has been established in response to the rapid growth in the industry with an increased need for specialised photovoltaics engineers. You could work with the manufactures of solar cells, research organisations, system design and integration companies, energy utilities and communication companies. Your career could take you to a number of exciting places.

Dual degrees

■  Dual degrees are a great way of graduating with a wider breadth of knowledge, better preparing you for your future career. For more information, visit our dual degrees page to find one that suits your interests.

Sample Program Outlines*

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
COMP1911 Computing 1A This course is designed for non-computing majors who want a solid introduction to programming.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more First Year Elective
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more First Year Elective
Read more General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.
PHYS1221 Physics 1B This is the second physics course. If you did PHYS1121 in S1, you need to have scored a mark of at least 65 to do the higher course PHYS1231.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E This course is a prerequisite for MMAN2300 and MMAN3200. Students enrolled in a Dual Degree with Physics will need to complete MATH2121 (or MATH2221 if you want the more challenging course) instead of MATH2019.
SOLA2060 Introduction to Electronic Devices A course which teaches you the electrical engineering perspective on different electronic devices and their importance and uses.
SOLA2540 Applied PV In this course you learn about photovaoltaic panels and system deisgn for solar systems.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Stats Offered all year round. Prerequisite: MATH1231/41. For Dual Degrees with Physics, this course is a prerequisite for PHYS3112.
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chemistry The course is an introduction to organic chemistry and polymers. Choose one of the following options: MATS1101 followed by CEIC1001. CHEM1011 followed by CHEM1021 or CHEM1041. CHEM1031 followed by CHEM1041 or CHEM1021.
SOLA2051 Project in PV and SE 1 The first half of the year long group project gives PV students their first hands on experience with characterisation and module fabrication of solar cells.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.
SOLA2052 Project in PV and SE 2 The second half of the project involves design and construction of power electronics required to make the best use of solar energy.
Read more Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
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SOLA3507 Solar Cells This is a cornerstone course of PV. Solar cell design and operation is studied in detail. Prereqs: ENGG1300 and MATH2019.
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Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA3010 Low Energy Buildings and PV A course which focuses on sustainable and energy efficient design of buildings and houses.
SOLA3020 PV Technology & Manufacturing A highly up- to- date course that covers current industry manufacturing processes for silicon solar cells.
Read more Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Industrial Training or Exchange Opportunity Gain international exposure and/or industry experience

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics Students study theories of leadership, engineering ethics, principles and practice.
SOLA5057 Energy Efficiency You will learn about energy inefficiencies around us and methods of improvement.
SOLA4951 Research Thesis (1/3) Research Thesis (1/3)

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
SOLA4012 Grid Connect PV Systems Teaches students the fundamentals and technical details of grid- connected PV system design and installation.
SOLA4952 Research Thesis (2/3) Research Thesis (2/3)

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
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Read more Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
SOLA4953 Research Thesis (3/3) Research Thesis (3/3)

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.