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Course content

Through the course, you will develop an understanding of the physical and technological principles of photovoltaic energy systems. The course will address the solar energy resource, and assessment and measurement techniques for the available insolation. The components in a PV system, with a particular focus on the module, will be a central topic. Design and operation of different PV systems on- and off-grid, such as BIPV, MW scale PV plants, and micro systems for developing countries, will be covered, and an introduction to cost assessments for PV systems will be given.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you should

  • be able to describe the factors that affect how much insolation a PV module receives and know the most important measurement techniques for insolation
  • have in-depth knowledge of the structure of a solar module and what determines the efficiency
  • have knowledge about the components and design of on-grid PV systems, building integrated PV systems and off-grid PV systems
  • be able to dimension and sketch a PV system with a given electricity production
  • know the most important factors that determine the cost-efficiency of a PV system and be able to perform simple cost analysis

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other master's degree programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

FYS1120 – Electromagnetism and/or UNIK4450 – Solar cells (continued) / TEK5310 – Solar Cells will be an advantage.

Overlapping courses


Three hours lectures/excercises each week throughout the semester.

The course has mandatory assignments that must be approved in order to take the final exam.

The course lectures are given at the Department of Technology Systems in Kjeller Research Park. See the schedule for the student bus from Campus Blindern.


  • A final oral exam counts 100% towards the final grade.
  • In case of many students, a written exam may be held instead.
  • The course has mandatory assignments that must be approved in order to take the final exam.

It will also be counted as 1 of the 3 attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for the following course:

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Courses taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass, the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Aug. 9, 2022 3:22:39 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)