Training program at the North-West University of Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Introduction to Photovoltaic Solar course
SUNCybernetics in conjunction with the Solar Training Center of South Africa's introductory course to photovoltaic (PV) solar presents a generic training module of learning on the possibilities of PV technology and using solar radiation as an energy source, the basic functionality of PV systems and the different types of applications and their potential for South Africa and the world. SOLAR PV INTRO TRAINING
19 - 21 April 2017 24 - 26 May 2017 26 - 28 July 2017 27 - 29 September 2017 22 - 24 November 2017 The training content for the two days. You can decide if you want to attend one or both days. Day 1 - Introduction to PV solar
  • Electrical basics:
    What is electrical power, Current, Volts, kW, kWp, kWh, Amp hour, kVA, Power factor, Voc, Isc, VMppt, IMppt, Cable sizing (In layman terms)
  • Characteristics of solar energy:
    Irradiation, Radiation, Annual vs instant. Production over time, series and parallel connections, effect due to temperature, effect due to shading, effect due to time of year.
  • Basic PV solar system :
    Main components for a typical PV solar system. Most basic layout (Island/Off grid application- High level
The operation of an inverter and charger/MPPT (grid tied or victron MPPT)
  • Different types of inverters and chargers
  • Different types of batteries
  • Different types of modules
  • Different types of roofs/structures
  • How to differentiate
    between modules and batteries; Number of cycles, design lifetime, discharge rate, DoD. (Terms and definitions)
  • Site visit check list:
    Information gathering and measurements to do design and builds a PV solar system.
Day 2 - Design and system integration of PV solar
  • Interpretation of datasheets:
  • Datasheet for modules
  • Datasheet for batteries
  • Datasheet for inverters
  • Integration of PV solar components:
    MPPT operating range, MPPT size, Max vs design size, battery charging, circuit breakers, DC surge protection
  • Types of solar systems
  • PV solar system line diagrams
  • Understanding batteries:
    Installing, operating, maintaining and decommission batteries
  • PV solar plant inspection (on roof) :
    Identify and capture main components
  • Design PV solar systems:
    Off grid and Back-up
  • SMA solar design – Simulations training
  • PVsol solar design – Simulation training
  • PV solar installation – Lessons learnt
The costs will be as follow (Excluding VAT): R1800 for Day 1
R2000 for Day 2
R3250 for Day 1 & 2

Download the course registration form
If you have any other questions, please contact our head training coordinator Marsha Delport.
mail: training(at)
cell: 072 559 6471