Power Systems and Energy Course (PSEC)
Solar Power Fundamentals
The participants will acquire exclusive insight to the application and theory of solar Photovoltaic (PV) and
thermal Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologies. They will learn the basic components and
application requirements of each of the major commercial technology platforms available today.
Participants will also gain knowledge of future potential PV technologies and the advantages of one
technology over the other. A global market outlook and discussion on regional incentive programs will
provide the participants with an introduction to the economics of solar power.
The course is intended for:
Engineers and planners who work in the power supply or power development industry and have
responsibility for business development activities, planning, and application of solar power projects.
• Solar PV fundamentals: how does a PV module work; what are the various technologies
• Thermal CSP fundamentals: basic theory and introduction to various technologies
• World energy trends; growth, distribution and politics
• Integration of Solar PV into distributed generation networks
• Solar PV project evaluation techniques: basic tools to estimate power production
• Advanced Solar PV technologies: what is in the PV future
• Global Solar PV market overview: regional incentives, feed-in tariffs
• CSP technology maturation: advancements and challenges with the various applications
• CSP global market overview: projects in development and regional projected trends
• Economics and evaluation of solar power system integration
Recommended prior knowledge:
Basic knowledge of mechanical or electrical engineering
The course is held in English.
*Class Subject to change
Class times are 8-4 held at the Energy Learning Center in Schenectady, New York, USA
For more information visit: http://www.ge-energy.com/psec
General Electric International, Inc.