Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Conversion

MOOC
Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Conversion
Language
English
Duration
2 months
Certificate
Certification paid
Course by EdX
Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Conversion
What will you learn?
The principles behind the potential loss mechanisms in photovoltaic devices
The semiconductor physics necessary to understand solar cell performance and engineering
The optics and light management tools necessary for optimal solar cell design
To model all aspects of a working solar cell, understanding the efficiency limits and design rules
Audit learners can develop their skills and knowledge in relation to the above learning objectives by having access to the video lectures, a limited number of practice exercises and discussion forums. Verified learners are offered a number of study tools to demonstrate they have mastered the learning objectives. They will have access to all exercises: practice, graded and exam questions.
About the course

The key factor in getting more efficient and cheaper solar energy panels is the advance in the development of photovoltaic cells. In this course you will learn how photovoltaic cells convert solar energy into useable electricity. You will also discover how to tackle potential loss mechanisms in solar cells. By understanding the semiconductor physics and optics involved, you will develop in-depth knowledge of how a photovoltaic cell works under different conditions. You will learn how to model all aspects of a working solar cell. For engineers and scientists working in the photovoltaic industry, this course is an absolute must to understand the opportunities for solar cell innovation.

This course is part of the Solar Energy Engineering MicroMasters Program designed to cover all physics and engineering aspects of photovoltaics: photovoltaic energy conversion, technologies and systems.

We recommend that you complete this course prior to taking the other courses in this MicroMasters program.

Program
Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Conversion
Learn how solar cells generate electricity, and about the semiconductor physics and optics required to design and manufacture solar cells.
Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Conversion
Learn how solar cells generate electricity, and about the semiconductor physics and optics required to design and manufacture solar cells.
Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Conversion
Learn how solar cells generate electricity, and about the semiconductor physics and optics required to design and manufacture solar cells.
Lecturers
Arno Smets
Arno Smets
Professor, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science Delft University of Technology
Miro Zeman
Miro Zeman
Head of the Electrical Sustainable Energy department TU Delft
René van Swaaij
René van Swaaij
Associate Professor, Photovoltaics Material and Devices TU Delft
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