Australian Power Quality & Reliability Centre

Established 1996

Course Detail - Solar PV Energy Systems

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Solar PV
20-21 October
Live Stream
Solar PV Energy Systems

A professional development course on solar PV energy systems presented by the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre.

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Course Description

This course is designed to provide continuing professional development on the topic of solar PV generating technology and network integration issues. The course covers all areas of solar PV energy generation and network integration including:

  • Solar PV cell technology
  • Solar inverter technology
  • Renewable energy standards
  • Solar PV network integration

Who should attend?

Any individual who is interested or requires better understanding of solar PV energy systems and how they can best be integrated into the electricity networks of the future.

Course Program

This course is presented in two sections. You can choose to attend the whole course or a single day, depending on your training requirements.

Day 1

  • Introduction to the solar resource
  • Basics of Solar PV generation and characteristics of solar cells
  • Introduction to solar generating technologies including components
  • Network integration issues at low voltage
  • Network integration standards for low voltage
  • Planning and voltage management for high levels of distributed energy resources

Day 2

  • Solar farm design and components
  • PQ management philosophy
  • NER requirements for solar farm connections
  • Distributed generation dynamics and stability

About the Speakers

Prof. Sarath PereraProfessor Sarath Perera was the Technical Director of the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre for the last 15 years. He is also a Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering. Professor Perera has over 40 years’ experience in the areas of power quality, distribution system reliability, EMC and power system simulation techniques. He is the Chair of Standards Australia technical committee EL-034 'Power Quality'.

Assoc. Prof. Duane RobinsonAssociate Professor Duane Robinson has recently been appointed as Technical Director of the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre. Associate Professor Robinson is also the Deputy Director Sustainable Buildings Research Centre and Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong. His research interests include modelling, analysis and control of power distribution systems, energy efficiency in networks and at point of utilisation, sustainable building practices, micogrids and distributed generation, power quality and mitigation techniques.

Mr Sean ElphickMr Sean Elphick is the Research Coordinator with the Australian Power Quality & Reliability Centre. He has almost 20 years’ experience in the areas of power quality monitoring and data analysis. Sean is a member of EL-042-03, the Standards Australia subcommittee responsible for development of the Australian Standard for grid-tie inverters, AS 4777.

Mr Neil BrowneMr Neil Browne is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wollongong, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and a Senior Member of IEEE. He has worked continuously in the electrical power industry in utilities, consulting and contracting firm. Mr Brown specialises in protection and control of generation, transmission and distribution systems, power system planning and power quality management.

Dr John KnottDr Jon Knott is a Research Fellow with the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre. Before joining the APQRC in 2020, he was Project Manager and Research Fellow on the $10.5M ARENA-funded Smart Sodium Storage System (S4) Project – a project aimed at developing and demonstrating sodium-ion batteries in renewable energy storage applications. His work at the APQRC focuses on integration of energy storage into renewable energy systems, energy management systems, and distributed infrastructure resilience.

Training Investment

The course investment provides for an inclusive industry related training package with course notes.

The course fee is:

AUD$1770 includging GST per person, for two day attendance

AUD$990 includging GST per person, for single day attendance


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NOTE: There is no guarantee that economic participation levels for this course can be achieved. Registrants will be notified 2 weeks prior to course if the course cannot proceed due to insufficient numbers. The program may be changed at any time due to unforeseen circumstances. If the course cannot proceed for any reason, UOW will not accept liability of whatsoever kind for expenses incurred by any person or corporation with the sole exception of the course investment, which will be refunded in full.


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