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Solar SystemsSolar EnergySolar TechnologySolar Cell Manufacturing

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Beginner Level

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English, Hindi

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

6 minutes to complete

Introduction

6 minutes to complete
1 reading
1 reading
Welcome to Introduction to Solar Cells6m
1 hour to complete

History of solar cells

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 5 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
2 videos
Space applications for solar cells2m
5 readings
Solar cell history6m
Invention of the modern solar cell5m
Space applications6m
Solar cells for planetary exploration4m
Additional resources3m
5 practice exercises
History of solar cells8m
Solar constants8m
Deep space8m
History15m
Space15m
2 hours to complete

Why solar energy

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 16 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
3 videos
Why do we need solar energy?6m
Sunlight at Earth5m
5 readings
Energy sources4m
Available energy5m
Sunlight at Earth5m
Area need5m
Additional resources3m
4 practice exercises
Direct radiation at Earth8m
Can solar cells cover our needs?5m
Energy sources15m
Sunlight at Earth15m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Power from solar cells

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 24 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
5 videos
Power from a solar cell6m
The IV curve5m
Measuring an IV curve2m
Light sources8m
4 readings
Power from a solar cell10m
Measuring power using an electronic load5m
Taking the sun inside7m
Additional resources3m
4 practice exercises
Measure maximum power output8m
Power from a solar cell5m
Power from a solar cell15m
Light15m
1 hour to complete

Modelling a solar cell

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 8 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
2 videos
Series and parallel connections4m
5 readings
Modelling a solar cell8m
Parasitic resistances8m
Series and parallel connections6m
Shadow effects7m
Additional resources3m
4 practice exercises
Solar cell modelling4m
Solar cell connections4m
Equivalent circuit15m
Connected solar cells15m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

How do solar cells work

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 12 min), 6 readings, 6 quizzes
3 videos
Semiconductors4m
The pn-junction5m
6 readings
How do solar cells work4m
Semiconductors8m
Light interaction5m
Conductivity and doping9m
The p-n junction6m
Additional resources3m
6 practice exercises
Color response8m
Semiconductors4m
Photon energy4m
Doping4m
Semiconductors and doping15m
How do solar cells work15m
1 hour to complete

Efficiency of solar cells

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 15 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
2 videos
Reflection and absorption6m
4 readings
Theoretical solar cell efficiency8m
Tandem and multi-junction solar cells7m
Reflection and absorption8m
Additional resources3m
4 practice exercises
Efficiency4m
Theoretical efficiency4m
Efficiency15m
Losses15m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Silicon solar cells

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 24 min), 7 readings, 4 quizzes
5 videos
How do silicon solar cells work4m
How are silicon solar cells made?6m
How are silicon solar cells fabricated6m
Summary3m
7 readings
Crystalline silicon solar cells4m
How do silicon solar cells work6m
Production of silicon solar cells3m
From sand to high quality silicon7m
Production of standard silicon solar cells5m
Summary3m
Additional resources3m
4 practice exercises
Working principles of silicon solar cells6m
Production4m
Silicon solar cells15m
Fabrication15m
1 hour to complete

Thin film solar cells

1 hour to complete
4 videos (Total 17 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
4 videos
Thin film technologies7m
Thin film solar cell production4m
Summary1m
5 readings
Thin film solar cells5m
Working principle of CIGS solar cells6m
Production of CIGS solar cells6m
Summary6m
Additional resources3m
5 practice exercises
Thin film4m
Working principle2m
Production4m
Thin film solar cells15m
Energy production15m

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