The technologies used to produce solar cells and photovoltaic modules are advancing to deliver highly efficient and flexible solar panels. In this course you will explore the main PV technologies in the current market. You will gain in-depth knowledge about crystalline silicon based solar cells (90% market share) as well as other up and coming technologies like CdTe, CIGS and Perovskites. This course provides answers to the questions: How are solar cells made from raw materials? Which technologies have the potential to be the major players for different applications in the future?
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.
What you'll learn:
- Design concepts and fabrication processes of various photovoltaic technologies
- In-depth knowledge on the entire crystalline silicon solar cell landscape including:
- Market-leading polycrystalline based cells
- High efficiency/cutting edge monocrystalline based solar cells
- Technologies of thin film solar cells, like CIGS, CdTe, thin-film silicon, Perovskites
- III/V semiconductor based solar cells for concentrated PV and space applications
This is a MicroMaster Course that runs on EdX.
- Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering and/or the successful completion of PV1x (or firm grasp of its content).