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DelftX: Solar Energy 2

The growth in global PV capacity towards 100 Terawatt by 2050 requires a diverse portfolio of PV technologies. Apply the solar design rules to PV technologies and analyze them using metrics related to performance, costs, reliability and circularity.

Solar Energy 2
4 weeks
4–6 hours per week
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Starts Apr 24
Ends Aug 31

About this course

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In the second course of the Solar Energy program, you will apply the design rules for a solar cell, mastered in the first course, on various photovoltaic (PV) technologies from cell up to module level.

You will be introduced to crystalline silicon, the leading technology on the market. We will cover the manufacturing process from sand to cell and from cell to module, as well as high-efficiency concepts.

You will also be familiarized with thin-film PV technologies, which are an alternative to crystalline silicon technology (III-V semiconductor materials, thin-film silicon, and chalcogenides like CdTe and CIGS, organics and perovskites materials will be covered.) The device architectures and processing methods of the PV technologies will be reviewed as well as novel future concepts for going beyond the conventional limits.

Finally, various metrics will be applied to compare different PV technologies. These are related to performance, costs, reliability and you will be able to evaluate the advantages and limitations of different PV technologies and their applications.

At a glance

  • Institution: DelftX
  • Subject: Engineering
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of the first course of the program is recommended.

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated programs:
  • Associated skills:Semiconductor Materials, Passive Solar Building Design, Solar Design, Manufacturing Processes

What you'll learn

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  • Recognize and describe the various photovoltaic technologies and evaluate their applicability
  • Understand the manufacturing process and the design rules of crystalline silicon and other PV technologies
  • Use various metrics related to performance, costs, reliability and circularity to evaluate the advantages and the limitations of different PV technologies
  • Analyze the performance of solar cells and modules

Week 1

Crystalline Silicon

Week 2

Thin-Film PV technologies 1

Week 3

Thin-Film PV technologies 2

Week 4

Comparing PV technologies

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This course is part of Solar Energy Professional Certificate Program

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3 months
4 - 6 hours per week

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