Arouna Darga


Photovoltaic System Design Engineering

Mastering Photovoltaic System Design: From Theory to Practice


The “Mastering Photovoltaic System Design: From Theory to Practice” MasterCamp© is an in-depth and comprehensive program designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the field of photovoltaic system design.

Renewable energy sources, especially solar power, are rapidly gaining prominence in today’s world as we strive to achieve sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions. Photovoltaic (PV) systems play a crucial role in harnessing solar energy and converting it into usable electricity. This masterclass aims to empower participants to become proficient in designing efficient and effective PV systems.

The MasterCamp© will commence with a solid foundation in the theory behind photovoltaic systems. Participants will gain an understanding of solar energy, PV cell operation, module technologies, and system components.

Through interactive lectures, case studies, and practical exercises, participants will learn about solar irradiance, shading analysis, electrical characteristics, and system sizing principles. They will also explore different types of PV modules, inverters, batteries, and balance-of-system components.

The focus will then shift to practical aspects of photovoltaic system design. Participants will delve into site assessment techniques, including solar resource evaluation, shading analysis, and structural considerations. They will gain insights into optimizing system performance, ensuring maximum energy yield, and minimizing losses due to factors such as mismatch, soiling, and degradation. The masterclass will also cover grid interconnection requirements, relevant regulations and codes, and safety considerations for PV installations.

Furthermore, participants will explore advanced topics such as system monitoring and performance analysis, integration of energy storage, and emerging trends in PV technology. They will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on exercises using industry-standard software tools for system design, simulation, and performance evaluation.


  • Basic understanding of electrical concepts and principles.
  • Familiarity with renewable energy and solar photovoltaic systems.
  • Proficiency in using computer software for design and analysis (e.g., AutoCAD, PVsyst, PVSol).
  • Access to a computer with internet connectivity for online resources and simulations.


  • Engineers and professionals involved in renewable energy projects.
  • Electrical and energy consultants seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in photovoltaic system design.
  • Students and researchers interested in renewable energy technologies.
  • Individuals looking to transition into the solar energy industry.
  • Anyone passionate about sustainable energy and photovoltaic system design.
  • Comprehensive lectures on the fundamentals of photovoltaic system design.
  • Case studies and real-world examples illustrating practical applications.
  • Interactive design exercises and simulations to reinforce learning.
  • Access to relevant software tools for system design and analysis.
  • Q&A sessions and online forums for discussion and clarification.
  • Supplementary resources such as e-books, articles, and reference materials.
  • Certificates of completion for participants who successfully finish the course.
  • Understanding the principles of solar energy conversion and the photovoltaic effect.
  • Evaluating site suitability and conducting solar resource assessments.
  • Sizing and selecting appropriate photovoltaic modules, inverters, and balance of system components.
  • Designing grid-connected and off-grid photovoltaic systems.
  • Performing system performance analysis and energy yield estimations.
  • Incorporating energy storage and optimization techniques.
  • Implementing best practices for system installation, operation, and maintenance.
  • Adhering to relevant standards, codes, and regulations in photovoltaic system design.
  • Identifying and mitigating common challenges and risks in photovoltaic projects.
  • Integrating photovoltaic systems into existing electrical infrastructure.

Skills you will gain:

  • Proficiency in designing photovoltaic systems for various applications.
  • Ability to assess site conditions and perform solar resource analysis.
  • Competence in selecting and sizing system components based on project requirements.
  • Familiarity with software tools for system design and performance evaluation.
  • Understanding of energy storage and optimization strategies.
  • Knowledge of installation, operation, and maintenance best practices.
  • Awareness of safety protocols and compliance with industry standards.
  • Problem-solving skills for addressing common challenges in photovoltaic projects.
  • Ability to integrate photovoltaic systems into electrical infrastructure effectively.
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My Story

Professor Arouna Darga is a senior scientist with extensive experience in the characterization and modeling of semiconductor materials and devices for applications in photovoltaics (PV), optoelectronics, and energy storage. He has made significant contributions to the development of key technologies and solutions in highly competitive international environments, particularly in the areas of renewable energies, smart grids, rural electrification, and African development.

Currently, Professor Darga holds the position of Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at Sorbonne Université, where he is also a senior scientist at the Institute of Photovoltaics and a researcher at the Group of Electrical Engineering of Paris. His research focuses on the electronic and optical properties of semiconductor materials and devices for photovoltaic applications. In addition to his research work, he is actively involved in teaching activities at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Polytech-Sorbonne, where he imparts knowledge in power electronics, renewable energies, embedded electronic design, and wireless communications.

Alongside his role at Sorbonne Université, Professor Darga is a part-time teacher at École Polytechnique, where he specializes in modeling photovoltaic solar cells. He previously served as a lecturer at Polytech Sorbonne, teaching subjects such as semiconductor device physics, fundamentals of electronics, and hardware description and design (VHDL).

Professor Darga’s academic journey began with a Ph.D. at the Group of Electrical Engineering of Paris, CentraleSupélec. His doctoral research focused on studying the photovoltaic conversion efficiency limiting factors of electrodeposited and co-evaporated CuInGaSe-based thin-film solar cells. This work was part of a joint research project between CNRS and EDF, known as the CISEL project, which aimed to develop electrodeposited CIS solar cells. He obtained his Ph.D. in Photovoltaics, Solar Cells, Semiconductor Devices Physics, Microelectronics, and Photonics from Sorbonne Université.

Prior to his Ph.D., Professor Darga completed a master’s degree in Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Thermal and Acoustic at the University of Poitiers. He also holds a master’s degree in Fundamental Physics, Quantum Physics from the University Ouaga I Professeur Joseph Ki-Zerbo.

In addition to his academic and research activities, Professor Darga is actively involved in voluntary work. He serves as a technical expert for Synergie Solaire, where he evaluates projects related to rural electrification in developing countries. He is also the President of Eau Fil Du Soleil, an organization dedicated to environmental causes. Moreover, Professor Darga represents France as the national representative for the African Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE), an initiative that promotes the use of renewable energy in Africa while preserving the environment.

Professor Arouna Darga’s expertise, spanning semiconductor materials and devices, renewable energies, and rural electrification, coupled with his passion for teaching and commitment to sustainable development, make him a highly respected and influential figure in the field.

Where I’ve Worked

2008 - Now
Associate professor in Electrical Engineering at Sorbonne Université & Senior scientist IPVF & GeePs - Sorbonne Université
2018 - Now
Parttime Teacher - École Polytechnique
Lecturer - Polytech Sorbonne

Skills you will gain

Photovoltaic System Design

  • Photovoltaic system design
  • Solar resource analysis
  • System component selection and sizing
  • Software tools for system design and performance evaluation
  • Energy storage and optimization strategies
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