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What you will learn

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    Solar Energy

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    Nanotechnology

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    Semiconductor Materials

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    Thin Films

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Approx. 9 hours to complete

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English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Solar Cell Operation

A description of the energetic source, the solar Spectrum, followed by the general principle of operation of solar cells based on semiconductor materials

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9 videos (Total 64 min), 3 quizzes
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
2 hours to complete

Thin Film Semiconductors

A general description of the properties of disordered semiconductors followed by a presentation of the most extensively used materials : hydrogenated amorphous silicon.

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9 videos (Total 63 min), 3 quizzes
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
1 hour to complete

Silicon Thin Film Solar Cells

A general review of silicon thin film solar cells and multijunctions followed by heterojunctions combining crystalline and amorphous silicon

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6 videos (Total 40 min), 4 quizzes
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

Instructors

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Pr. Bernard Drevillon

Professor at Ecole polytechnique
Former Director of the Thin Film Laboratory at Ecole polytechnique (LPICM)
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Erik Johnson

CNRS Researcher
Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces (LPICM)

About École Polytechnique

L’École polytechnique associe recherche, enseignement et innovation au meilleur niveau scientifique et technologique mondial pour répondre aux défis du XXIe siècle. En tête des écoles d’ingénieur françaises depuis plus de 200 ans, sa formation promeut une culture d’excellence scientifique pluridisciplinaire, ouverte dans une forte tradition humaniste. ...

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