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Solar cells

Course Summary

This course is based on Solar cells made available by Delft University of Technology under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA (NL) license.
This course covers advanced semiconductor devices as a new source of energy for the 21st century, delivering electricity directly from sunlight. The suitable semiconductor materials, device physics, and fabrication technologies for solar cells are presented. The guidelines for design of a complete solar cell system for household application are explained. The cost aspects, market development, and the application areas of solar cells are also presented.

Students will learn about the principles of the photovoltaic conversion and the advantages and limitations of different solar cell technologies, such as crystalline silicon solar cell technology and thin film solar cell technologies. They will also acquire an understanding of the specifications of solar modules and know how to design a complete solar system for a particular application.

Solar cells
(source - Wikimedia Commons)

Reading Material

1. Applied Photovoltaics
Wenham, S. R., M. A. Green, M. E. Watt, R. Corkish. Applied Photovoltaics. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Earthscan Publications Ltd., 2007. ISBN: 9781844074013. (Click the button below to see a preview of the book)


2. Thin Film Solar Cells: Fabrication, Characterization and Applications
Poortmans, J., and V. Arkhipov. Thin Film Solar Cells: Fabrication, Characterization and Applications. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2006. ISBN: 9780470091265. (Click the button below to see a preview of the book)


3. Third Generation Photovoltaics: Advanced Solar Energy Conversion
Green, M. A. Third Generation Photovoltaics: Advanced Solar Energy Conversion. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 2007. ISBN: 9783540265627. (Click the button below to see a preview of the book)


4. Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering
Luque, A., and S. Hegedus. Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2003. ISBN: 9780471491965. (Click the button below to see a preview of the book)


5. Amorphous and microcrystalline silicon solar cells: modeling, materials, and device technology
Ruud E. I. Schropp, Miro Zeman, Amorphous and microcrystalline silicon solar cells: modeling, materials, and device technology, Volume 5 of Electronic Materials Series, Publisher: Springer, 1998, ISBN 9780792383178
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6. Planning and installing photovoltaic systems: a guide for installers, architects and engineers
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sonnenenergie, Planning and installing photovoltaic systems: a guide for installers, architects and engineers, Edition 2, Publisher: Earthscan, 2008, ISBN 9781844074426
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Course Material

Not available.

Other Resources

1. Online book: Photovoltaics: Devices, Systems and Applications
Honsberg, C., and S. Bowden. Photovoltaics: Devices, Systems and Applications

2. Fundamentals of Photovoltaics
A similar course based on 2.626 Fundamentals of Photovoltaics taught in MIT in Fall 2008.

Software

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