University’s solar PV system course turns widely popular

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From fresh graduates to those with years of engineering experience, people lining up to attend the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems certificate course at be a part of a course in the Savitribai Phule Pune University seem to span generations.The ‘hit’ course was which has been especially designed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to set up 100 gigawatt (GW) of solar capacity in the country by 2022. It It Ihas been designed by the school of energy studies, department of physics, at the university. Although it restricts the entry of students’ entry is restricted to 20 per batch for the 100-hour course, officials claim that since last two batches, the response from candidates has been increased over the last two batches. University officials are now forcing them to looking for more infrastructure to accommodate themmore people.The course teaches the candidates to conceptualize, design and operate a PV photovoltaic system which essentially means convertsing solar energy into electricity. “Most of the candidates are professionals who already have many years of experience but then we also get applications from fresh graduates and people from other technical institutes. While the aim is to achieve 100 GW of solar capacity, currently we have only 4 GW solar capacity. Just imagine the kind of job potential this holds in a tropical country like ours with government support for the same,” shared Adinath Funde, assistant professor at the department of physics.Moreover, once you know how to set up make a small set-up of PV system, it can be used to for provideing electricity to your own home, the electricity can be given to the grid or to start system installation companies (engineering procurement and commissioning services). This course is quite sought after because while we provide almost a month’s training, other institutes places generally end their training in three to four days at the mostmaximum,” said Funde.

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