Course detail

Renewable Energy Sources

FEKT-MPA-OZEAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course deals with contemporary issues in the field of renewable energy with a focus on description, classification and principles of energy from wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, energy of environment, biomass to energy of atomic nuclei and electrochemical energy. Students will receive information about how to install, use and about perspectives of renewable energy sources. In the field of photovoltaics the course deals with the principle of operation, limits and possibilities of photovoltaic system. Students will receive information about the solar module, construction and production technology, operating conditions and optimization. Students obtain practical information about the design of PV system by PV SOL* system on houses and buildings, with issues of the batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, their principle of operation, construction, technology and parameters. It is also addressed the issue of environmental disposal at the end of life of the plant.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Entry knowledge

The subject knowledge on the Bachelor´s degree level is requested.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Practice attendance is obligatory
computer exercises - max. 40p
final exam - max 60p

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.


The aim of the subject is to enlarge the knowledge about renewable and additional sources of of electric energy, possibility of their application and future development in this area.
The student of  Renewable Energy Sources  course is able to
- Explain the importance of basic concepts in the field of renewable energy
- Describe the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy sources
- Design a suitable location for wind power plants in the Czech Republic
- Measure and calculate the properties and characteristics of photovoltaic cell or panel, design the simple autonomous photovoltaic system

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Vojtěchovský, K., Obnovitelné zdroje energie, FCC Public, Praha (CS)
Dell, R.M.a Rand, D.J., Clean energy, Athenaeum Press Ltd, UK (EN)
Boyle, G., Renewable Energy, Oxford University Press, USA (EN)
Quaschning, V., Understanding Renewable Energy Systems, Earthscan Publications Ltd., USA (EN)
VANĚK, J.; KŘIVÍK, P.; NOVÁK, V. Alternativní zdroje energie. Brno, skripta FEKT. 2006. p. 1 - 159. (CS)
VANĚK, J.; KŘIVÍK, P.; NOVÁK, V. Alternativní zdroje energie - Laboratorní cvičení. Brno, FEKT. 2007. p. 1 - 67. (CS)
VOLKER V. Quaschning, Renewable Energy and Climate Change, 2nd Edition (EN)

Recommended reading

Ryan Mayfield, Photovoltaic Design & Installation For Dummies, ISBN 978-1-119-54437-1 (EN)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-EEN Master's, any year of study, winter semester, elective
  • Programme MPC-EVM Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Sun as a source of energy
Introduction to photovoltaic 

Photovoltaic systems, On-Grid, Off-Grid, Hybrid On-Grid systems 

Electric energy storage systems 

Hybrid Electric Vehicles 

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Use of PV * SOL for efficient design of photovoltaic systems - introduction
Place selection, new place addition, 2D designs and selection of PV modules, types of design solutions, 2D inverter designs, Project economics, cash flow, simple setting of power losses in the cabling
3D designs of roof PVS
Drawing documentation and work with it, export of documentation, Detailed calculations of power losses in cabling
Shading of PV modules and influence on energy yield, Horizontal shading, 3D designs of PV modules on free areas, Load profiles, types, creation of own profiles
Czech version PV * SOL already on the world market, Example of calculating summer / winter dimensioning
Inverter sizing
Consumer behavior and habits incompatible for complete self-sufficiency, Island systems and their dimensioning
Types of tracking PVS, Construction of tracking systems PVS. Energy simulation of tracking PVS