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What you will learn

  • Solar Energy

  • Nanotechnology

  • Semiconductor Materials

  • Thin Films

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Solar Cell Operation

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 64 min)
9 videos
2. Solar Spectrum (cont.)7m
Worked Problem - Total Irradiance7m
3. Solar Cell Fundamentals8m
Worked Problem - The I-V Characteristic5m
4. Multi-junctions. Conversion Efficiency Limitations7m
Worked Problem - Solar Cell under Concentration5m
5. Solar Cell Optics9m
Annex 1: Interference in Thin Films2m
3 practice exercises
Solar Spectrum10m
Solar Cell Operation10m
Test: Module Power and Illumination30m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Thin Film Semiconductors

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 63 min)
9 videos
2. Band Structure. Tight Bnding Approximation13m
3. Doping4m
4. Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon (a-Si:H)12m
5. Nanocrystalline Silicon (nc-Si)7m
Annexe 1: Tight Binding Approximation3m
Annex 2 : sp3 hybridization5m
Annex 3 : Growth from Silane Plasma4m
Annex 4 : Growth Mechanisms of nc-Si3m
3 practice exercises
Disordered Semiconductors10m
Silicon Thin Films10m
Test: Thin Film Semiconductors20m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Silicon Thin Film Solar Cells

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 40 min)
6 videos
2. a-Si:H and Related Materials Solar Cells10m
3. Multi-junction Solar Cells5m
4. Solar Modules and Applications4m
5. Thin Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells and Heterojunctions9m
Annex1. Transparent Conducting Oxides4m
4 practice exercises
Silicon Thin Film Solar Cells10m
Multi-junction Solar Cells10m
Heterojunctions10m
Test: Thin Film Silicon Solar Cells20m

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