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Course module: 201700025
Solar Energy
Course infoSchedule
Course module201700025
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personprof.dr. R. Saive
prof.dr. R. Saive
Contactperson for the course
prof.dr. R. Saive
prof.dr. J. Schmitz
dr. A.K. Singh
dr. W. Soltanpoor
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After completion of this course, students
(i) Have acquired knowledge of irradiance, photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems and PV solar cells at a basic level
(ii) Are able to assess the solar resource in different parts of the world and design simple solar powered system using openly available internet sources.
(iii) Master the physics and materials science of PV solar cells to a level which allows understanding and working with state-of-the-art PV literature.
(iii) Are able to apply the knowledge acquired in the evaluation of new developments in research of solar systems and PV cells.

Lecture 1a and b: Solar irradiance, solar resource in different parts of the world, online resources for solar irradiance, direct- and diffuse light, spectral and angle dependent components, albedo, introduction to LCOE
Lecture 2a and b: PV systems
Lecture 3a and b: Semiconductor light interaction
Lecture 4a and b: Wafer based PV; silicon and III-V solar cells
Lecture 5a and b: Silicon heterojunction and thin film PV; CIGS, CdTe, Perovskite
Lecture 6a and b: Light management in solar cells; front contacts, spectrum splitting, concentration, light trapping, albedo light…

The course consists of 16 lectures of 2 hours in combination with several assignments. The final lectures (week 8) will be a presentation of the group projects and the lectures in the week before (week 7) will be round table discussions for the group projects. The group project will be graded based on the presentation and a written report The course will be completed with a written examination. The final mark is based on 20% group project grade and 80% final written examination.

Exam (80%) and Project (20%), the minimum grade for exam and project is 4.5 respectively, the minimum grade to pass the course is 5.5.
Assumed previous knowledge
Requested: The student has sufficient knowledge from their Bachelor studies to participate in one of the study programs Master of Sustainable Energy Technology, Master of Mechanical Engineering, Master of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Master of Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or Advanced Technology.
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Required materials
Canvas site
Powerpoint presentations of the lectures and handouts.
Course material
Online resources: Online calculators such as PVGIS and PVLighthouse
Recommended materials
Photovoltaic Solar Energy From Fundamentals to Applications, by Reinders, Verlinden, Van Sark and Freundlich, published by Wiley&Sons in 2017.
Principles Of Solar Cells: Connecting Perspectives On Device, System, Reliability, And Data Science Muhammad Ashraf Alam
Instructional modes


Self study


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