Solar Energy Conversion & Application - Micro-Credential

Trinity College Dublin

Solar Energy Conversion & Application - Micro-Credential

Who is this Micro-credential for?

• This micro-credential has been developed to benefit engineers, who are interested in learning more solar energy conversion processes and applications of solar energy systems, architects interested in building integrated solar energy technologies, professionals in local authorities and in NGOs, who are interested in the growing solar industry in Ireland.

Why should I take this Micro-credential?

• This micro-credential will give you an extended foundation of the main concepts of solar energy conversion and applications to enable you to practically apply your new knowledge in the field as well as in research and development.

• Learners will advance their professional competencies through an in-depth focus on how solar cells work up to balance of system components and the design of large solar farms.

• By completing the micro-credential, professional learners will be facilitated to identify and to address these topics and will be enabled to progress their individual career goals in the solar energy industry.

What will I do?

• In this micro-credential you will attend weekly 2-hour lectures. These will be classroom based but will be live streamed and recorded for those that prefer online delivery. These lectures will advance your professional competencies through an in-depth focus on how solar cells work up to the balance of system and applications.

• One hour each week will be dedicated to group work. In groups of 3-4, you will design solar thermal and photovoltaic systems for specified global locations. Design specifics, scale and selection of software will be decided in class. Optimised solar energy system selection will be determined along with economic analysis and local policy implications. A group presentation will be given, and a report will be produced by you and your group.

Entry requirements

• Applicants must have a 2.1 grade in a level 8 degree in Engineering or a cognate discipline.

• CV & Transcript (2:1)

Application dates

Closing Date 12th August 2024


12 weeks

How will this Micro-credential be delivered?

• There will be blended delivery with all lectures recorded ’live’ while also giving the option for in-person lectures. Timetabling currently has 2-hour slot for lectures and 1 hour slot for groupwork. Group work can be facilitated online or face to face to suit the cohort.

• Weekly lectures (2hr) will be given from Week 1 to Week 12. These lectures will be live streamed and recorded. Weekly one hour slot will be dedicated to groupwork, where groups of 3-4 will work to design a solar photovoltaic and thermal installation for different geographic locations.

• The VLE (Blackboard) will be used to host lectures and groupwork if requested including Collaborate Ultra and discussion boards. It will also be used to provide structured access to all resources. Lecture recordings will be automatically published on the VLE. The assignments tool in Blackboard will be used to collect and give feedback on assessments.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2024

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    Part time,Blended

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