Engineers used to sketch, create schematic models of their products, and graphical approaches to solve problems that are now solved numerically by a computer at the press of a button. Models serve many purposes in design, not just as visualisations of a product or process, aiding in idea generation, problem solving and evaluation, but also in facilitating the interaction of the components. Terms such as model, simulation, visualization and many more will be identifying, comprehensively. A historical overview in Modelling and Simulation (M&S) along with an introduction in M&S discipline will be held.

The objective of this course is not only to familiarise students with the M&S theory but also to offer an overview of professional and free software dedicated to solar energy. The goal of the course is to compare, verify, validate and test results from various available software. At the end of the course the students will learn: How to simulate a PV panel model, how to determine the technical and financial viability of solar energy, how to model physically a PV panel etc. Every exercise will be combined with a practical example, most coming from real examples in the instructors' research and professional experience.


  • M&S historical overview
  • M&S terminology
  • M&S today
  • Reality vs Simulation
  • The lifecycle of a simulation study
  • Simulators
  • Laboratorial practice with real projects
  • Results comparison, verification, validation and test