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5 Things You Should Know About Silicon PV Panels - Self Study

Dr. James Rand • Last updated 02/2021

4.6/5 (view ratings)
1146 students
1 module
53 minutes
3 assignments

Course description

In this free course, Dr. James Rand discusses the 5 things you should know about silicon PV panels.

Enjoy this 52-minute lecture, designed for...
--Engineers and Technicians
--System Owners and EPC Management
--Financiers and Insurers
...and anyone who touches silicon-based PV panels!

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Learning Objectives

Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • Present key properties of modern panels
  • Highlight risky behavior that put PV performance panels at risk
  • Understand problems that lead to "hot spots" in modules
  • Review the proper handling of panels on the job site

Full course outline

Module 1 - 5 Things You Should Know About Silicon PV Panels

  • 5 Things You Should Know About Silicon PV Panels (53:34 minutes)


Dr. James Rand

Core Energy Works

Dr. James Rand has over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing, research, and development of solar energy products. His work spans the entire value chain, from raw materials to system level performance. His recent technical projects focused on testing and evaluation of solar modules for performance and long-term reliability. This work led to the formation of Core... Learn more


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by David Lynch, EightTwenty 08/31/2022

This course is very informational even in the obvious aspects of damaging cells. This course definitely piqued my interest in furthering my education of solar cell testing.

by Adewale Bamgbade 07/18/2022

This video has helped to identify mistakes many installers make or ignore i.e walking on panels and how to identify the effects shading or shadow causes on a PV module.

by Ali Majid 06/04/2021

Anything about more effective and workable way of service

by Ayomide Isaac Orekunrin, Engr., Inlaks Limited 03/29/2021

Happy to increase my knowledge on PV panels and its performances

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