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Since 2021 KSC has partnered with Saudi Electric Services Polytechnic (SESP) to provide training to in-Kingdom engineers to provide highly qualified personnel for the renewable energy sector.

Solar PV Design course starts with a solid understanding of various components, system architectures, and applications for PV systems. Other topics include site analysis, system sizing, array configuration, and performance estimation; electrical design characteristics such as wiring, overcurrent protection, and grounding; a detailed look at module and inverter specifications and characteristics; mounting methods for various roof structures and ground mounts; and an introduction to safely and effectively commissioning grid direct PV systems. This course focuses on grid direct PV systems, the largest and fastest growing segment of the PV industry, but covers material critical to understanding to local standards and regulations.

Delivery and Duration:

The PV Design course will be delivered by SESP and KAUST instructors and will include classroom lecture combined with hands-on lessons and site tours. Students will complete daily exercises and quizzes to assess learning.

The five-day course will run from Sunday-Thursday, 9am-4pm daily. Students who finish the course will be awarded with course completion certificate which will be eligible for SEC certification test.

Note: Registration Required.

Course Materials:

  • SESP Solar PV Designer Handbook
  • Solar PV System by Mike Holts

Course Outcomes:

The goal of the course is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with all PV systems, including: system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning according to local KSA regulations.

About the Trainer:

Engineer Muhammad Abbasi is currently working as a Technical Development Specialist for the KAUST Solar Center.

Since 2010, Engr Abbasi has worked in a variety of commercial sectors within the solar PV industry. By KACARE and SEC, he is recognized as a certified trainer and designer (consultant). He was a Team Lead and Lead Trainer at Saudi Electric Services and Nokia. He earned his B.Sc. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from NUST and KSU, respectively. His research interests include MW and Small Scale PV Design, PV System Due Diligence, PV Testing and Operations, and AI for PV.