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Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English, Hindi...

Skills you will gain

Solar SystemsSolar EnergySolar TechnologySolar Cell Manufacturing
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English, Hindi...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
6 minutes to complete

Introduction

In this introduction module I would like to introduce you to the course its content and teaching style. I hope you will enjoy the way we have designed the course....
Reading
1 reading
Reading1 reading
Welcome to Introduction to Solar Cells6m
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

History of solar cells

The first topic in an introduction course on solar cells is naturally a historical overview. In this module you will briefly get introduced to the history and early development of solar cells. We will also start to do some calculations of efficiency and energy output of solar cells....
Reading
2 videos (Total 5 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
Video2 videos
Space applications for solar cells2m
Reading5 readings
Solar cell history6m
Invention of the modern solar cell5m
Space applications6m
Solar cells for planetary exploration4m
Additional resources3m
Quiz5 practice exercises
History of solar cells8m
Solar constants8m
Deep space8m
History15m
Space15m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Why solar energy

The most important question one can ask must be: "Why is solar energy is an important topic and why should we develop solar energy?". This module does not claim to answer that question fully, but we will summarize the strong case for renewable energy....
Reading
3 videos (Total 16 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
Video3 videos
Why do we need solar energy?6m
Sunlight at Earth5m
Reading5 readings
Energy sources4m
Available energy5m
Sunlight at Earth5m
Area need5m
Additional resources3m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Direct radiation at Earth8m
Can solar cells cover our needs?5m
Energy sources15m
Sunlight at Earth15m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Power from solar cells

How much power can a solar cell produce and how can we measure it? This question is the starting point for this module and we will go through the terminology, talk about light sources, and even measure a solar cell ourselves....
Reading
5 videos (Total 24 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
Video5 videos
Power from a solar cell6m
The IV curve5m
Measuring an IV curve2m
Light sources8m
Reading4 readings
Power from a solar cell10m
Measuring power using an electronic load5m
Taking the sun inside7m
Additional resources3m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Measure maximum power output8m
Power from a solar cell5m
Power from a solar cell15m
Light15m
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Modelling a solar cell

In this module we will introduce an equivalent circuit of a solar cell and use it to explain key concepts including short circuit current, open circuit voltage, parasitic resistances, and more. We will also talk about connected solar cells, and their behavior in shaded conditions....
Reading
2 videos (Total 8 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
Video2 videos
Series and parallel connections4m
Reading5 readings
Modelling a solar cell8m
Parasitic resistances8m
Series and parallel connections6m
Shadow effects7m
Additional resources3m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Solar cell modelling4m
Solar cell connections4m
Equivalent circuit15m
Connected solar cells15m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

How do solar cells work

In this module we will attack the topic: How do solar cells work? This module will be more theory heavy than other parts of the course, but don't worry. We will focus on the key concepts that are necessary to understand how solar cells work, and skip the math....
Reading
3 videos (Total 12 min), 6 readings, 6 quizzes
Video3 videos
Semiconductors4m
The pn-junction5m
Reading6 readings
How do solar cells work4m
Semiconductors8m
Light interaction5m
Conductivity and doping9m
The p-n junction6m
Additional resources3m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Color response8m
Semiconductors4m
Photon energy4m
Doping4m
Semiconductors and doping15m
How do solar cells work15m
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Efficiency of solar cells

With a knowledge of the working principles of solar cells, we are now ready to apply this knowledge to understand why there are limits to the efficiency of solar cells. We will also briefly look into loss mechanisms that limit the practical efficiency....
Reading
2 videos (Total 15 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
Video2 videos
Reflection and absorption6m
Reading4 readings
Theoretical solar cell efficiency8m
Tandem and multi-junction solar cells7m
Reflection and absorption8m
Additional resources3m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Efficiency4m
Theoretical efficiency4m
Efficiency15m
Losses15m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Silicon solar cells

Silicon solar cells are by far the most prevalent solar cell technology. In this module we will talk about why silicon is so abundant. We will also learn how silicon solar cells are made, what differentiates multi and monocrystalline silicon, and much more....
Reading
5 videos (Total 24 min), 7 readings, 4 quizzes
Video5 videos
How do silicon solar cells work4m
How are silicon solar cells made?6m
How are silicon solar cells fabricated6m
Summary3m
Reading7 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
Quiz4 practice exercises
Working principles of silicon solar cells6m
Production4m
Silicon solar cells15m
Fabrication15m
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Thin film solar cells

Moving beyond silicon solar cells, the next important development is thin film solar cells. In thin film solar cells, we see a potential solution to the major problem associated with silicon solar cells: namely energy payback time....
Reading
4 videos (Total 17 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
Video4 videos
Thin film technologies7m
Thin film solar cell production4m
Summary1m
Reading5 readings
Thin film solar cells5m
Working principle of CIGS solar cells6m
Production of CIGS solar cells6m
Summary6m
Additional resources3m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Thin film4m
Working principle2m
Production4m
Thin film solar cells15m
Energy production15m
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Top Reviews

By APDec 12th 2017

Very concise and to the point. Stable and calm teaching. Was my first foray into renewable energy and absolutely loved it. The course instructor was brilliant and had a stable command over the topic.

By CCApr 16th 2018

I have B.Sc and M.Sc in mechanical engineering and I will say that I'm really happy with taking this course.\n\nAs its name, the course provides a great introduction to solar cell technology.

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Morten Vesterager Madsen

Researcher
DTU Energy

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....

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