The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has developed the Photovoltaic Technologies (PVTech) course under the Short Learning Programme (SLP) which is offered by The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) in Gauteng.
The PVTech course covers grid-tied PV systems in South African context cover the latest trends in manufacturing and modelling, technical aspects surrounding the PV cells and modules, standards, PV reliability and bankability, etc.
The underlying design criteria will be to optimise the energy yield versus lifecycle costs of the PV system within the given resource, technical and legislative constraints, i.e. the optimising of the financial viability of the system.
Daily tests are written, with an examination on the final day resulting in the awarding of the appropriate achievement certificate.