About this Course
The goal of the course is to give students awareness of the largest alternative form of energy and how organic / polymer solar cells can harvest this energy. The course provides an insight into the theory behind organic solar cells and describes the three main research areas within the field i.e. materials, stability and processing. NOTE: This course is a specialized course on organic solar cells. If you are looking for a more general solar cell course, we strongly recommend Introduction to solar cells (https://www.coursera.org/learn/solar-cells).
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Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 10 hours videos and quizzes
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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Solar Cells and Life Cycle Analysis

By the end of the module we have set the following goals for you: -You should have gained knowledge on solar cells, and their place as a renewable energy -Be able to distinguish between different solar cell technologies -Describe the difference between the three generations of solar cells -Identify the four steps of life cycle analysis -Determine differences between embedded energy, energy return factor, and energy payback time....
Reading
7 videos (Total 52 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video7 videos
Introduction10m
3 Generations of Solar Cells11m
Tutorial - Introduction1m
Tutorial - Terms and Abbreviations10m
Life Cycle Analysis - Part I9m
Life Cycle Analysis - Part II6m
Reading3 readings
Welcome1m
Reading Materials10m
Reading Materials10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Solar cells10m
Getting to Know the OPV Jargon16m
LCA4m

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2 hours to complete

Organic and Polymer Solar Cells

By the end of this module you should: -Be able to identify the different steps in the theory behind the solar cells -Be able to measure the efficiency of a solar cell -Be able to describe the different layers in the solar cell and understand their function -Be ready to argue for different applications of the solar cells....
Reading
6 videos (Total 85 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
How to Characterize Solar Cells4m
Tutorial - IV Curves7m
Layers in the Solar Cell7m
Applications4m
Recorded Live Session I56m
Reading3 readings
Reading Materials10m
Reading Materials10m
Reading Materials10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Determine Solar Cell Parameters8m
Working Principles6m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Materials in Solar Cells

By the end of this module you should: -Know why we need conjugated polymers and side chains -Know about low band gap polymers -Be able to identify the most common polymerization methods -Be familiar with common characterization techniques used with the materials -Know about acceptor materials used in the active layer of organic solar cells....
Reading
6 videos (Total 103 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Polymers7m
Synthesis7m
Characterization of Polymers7m
Examples from Literature6m
Recorded Live Session II5m
Reading3 readings
Reading Materials10m
Reading Materials10m
Reading Materials10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Materials10m
Polymerization8m
Characterization10m

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3 hours to complete

Stability and Degradation

By the end of this module you should: -Be able to identify different kinds of degradation behaviours -Know about decay curves, including concepts such as burn-in and T80 -Distinguish between different ISOS standards....
Reading
7 videos (Total 107 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video7 videos
Decay Curves6m
ISOS Standards12m
Stability Examples6m
Morphological Stability 4m
Electrical Defects9m
Recorded Live Session III0m
Reading3 readings
Reading Materials10m
Reading Materials10m
Reading Materials10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Decay Curves8m
ISOS8m
Stability and Degradation8m

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3 hours to complete

Solar Cell Fabrication

By the end of this module you will be able to: -Describe the lab scale techniques and the pros and cons -Describe the difference between coating and printing -Identify the different coating and printing techniques....
Reading
7 videos (Total 103 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Coating - Part II5m
Printing - Part I5m
Printing - Part II14m
Upscaling12m
Testing and Encapsulation8m
Recorded Live Session IV46m
Reading3 readings
Reading Materials10m
Reading Materials10m
Reading Materials10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Coating12m
Printing12m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Wrapping Up

This is the final module of the course and it is almost time to sit back and congratulate yourself! You just have two more videos and an exam to complete....
Reading
3 videos (Total 63 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Realizing the Solar Park10m
Recorded Live Session V42m
Reading1 readings
Acknowledgements10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Final Exam34m
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got a pay increase or promotion

Top Reviews

By DMJul 27th 2016

It shows you how OPV works (which is a breakthrough technology) in a simple way without leaving the technical aspects of it.\n\nIt's a serious course that requires full compromise to achieve it.

By JSJan 22nd 2016

I learned new skills and theory about OPV. It's a very comprehensive and well structured course. I recommend it to every person who wants to improve their knowledge in solar panels technology.

Instructors

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Eva Bundgaard

PhD, Senior Scientist
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Frederik C. Krebs

PhD, Professor
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Mikkel Jørgensen

PhD, Senior Scientist

About Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

DTU focuses on research in technical and natural sciences that contributes to the development of society. As an industrially orientated university, our goal is to supply high-level international research based on combining theory with constructing models and empirical methods....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • If you pay for this course, you will have access to all of the features and content you need to earn a Course Certificate. If you complete the course successfully, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. Note that the Course Certificate does not represent official academic credit from the partner institution offering the course.

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  • Organic Solar Cells - Theory and Practice is a specialized course on organic solar cells. If you are looking for a more general course we can strongly recommend Introduction to solar cells (https://www.coursera.org/learn/solar-cells). as an alternative

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