After completion of this course, students|
(i) Have acquired detailed knowledge of irradiance, photovoltaic (PV) solar systems and their basic elements – photovoltaic solar cells - at the level of technology experts;
(ii) Are able to understand the functioning of PV solar systems and PV cells in the context of applications;
(iii) Are able to apply the knowledge acquired in the evaluation of new developments in research of solar systems and PV cells.
First, an introduction will be given to irradiance and photons and ,next ,the basic functional principles of semiconductors (relevant for photovoltaics) will be illustrated: such as doping and diffusion, absorption, generation, recombination and carrier transport, PN-juncions and diode equations. Subsequently, various photovoltaics technologies will be introduced to the students: ranging from crystalline silicon technologies, chalcogenide thin film solar cells, thin film silicon based PV technologies to organic photovoltaics. Particular topics in relation to photovoltaic solar technologies are: materials, cell device structures, optical and electronic properties, light management, contacts, and surfaces and interfaces.|
Regarding the applications of PV technologies the following themes will be introduced and explained to the students: PV systems and applications, PV modules and manufacturing, PV concentrator technologies, space technologies, and PV deployment in distribution grids. Each theme will have various sub-themes to be illustrated during the course. For example the theme PV systems and applications will cover the following topics: grid-connected PV systems, stand-alone and hybrid PV systems, product integrated and building integrated PV as well as future concepts.
Adding to this, the course will also pay attention to characterization and measurement methods for PV cells, PV modules and PV systems. Also supporting methods and tools like economics of PV, life cycle assessments of PV, legal aspects and user interaction with PV will be presented during the lectures.
The course consists of 7 lectures of 2 or 4 hours in combination with several assignments. The course will be completed with a written examination. The final mark for the course is based on the assignments and the examination.
|Verplicht: See admission criteria of the Master of Sustainable Energy Technology; |
Master of Mechanical Engineering, Master of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Master of Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics and Advanced Technology.
Gewenst: The student has attended courses in semester 1 of the Master of Sustainable Energy Technology.
|Master Mechanical Engineering|
|Master Sustainable Energy Technology|
|Master Chemical Science and Engineering|
|Master Industrial Design Engineering||Verplicht materiaal|
|Photovoltaic Solar Energy From Fundamentals to Applications, by Reinders, Verlinden, Van Sark and Freundlich, published by Wiley&Sons in 2017.|
|Powerpoint presentations of the lectures and handouts.|