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How do solar cells work, why do we need, and how can we measure their efficiency? These are just some of the questions Introduction to solar cells tackles. Whether you are looking for general insight in this green technology or your ambition is to pursue a career in solar, “Introduction to Solar Cells” is an excellent starting point. The course is a tour through the fundamental disciplines including solar cell history, why we need solar energy, how solar cells produce power, and how they work. During the course we cover mono- and multi-crystalline solar cells, thin film solar cells, and new emerging technologies. The course includes hands-on exercises using virtual instruments, interviews with field experts, and a comprehensive collection of material on solar cells. At the end of the course you will have gained a fundamental understanding of the field. This will allow you to identify the most interesting or relevant aspects to be pursued in your future studies or in your professional career....
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6 minutes pour terminer

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....
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1 lecture
Reading1 lecture
Welcome to Introduction to Solar Cells6 min
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1 heure pour terminer

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 vidéos (Total 5 min), 5 lectures, 5 quiz
Video2 vidéos
Space applications for solar cells2 min
Reading5 lectures
Solar cell history6 min
Invention of the modern solar cell5 min
Space applications6 min
Solar cells for planetary exploration4 min
Additional resources3 min
Quiz5 exercices pour s'entraîner
History of solar cells8 min
Solar constants8 min
Deep space8 min
History15 min
Space15 min
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2 heures pour terminer

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 vidéos (Total 16 min), 5 lectures, 4 quiz
Video3 vidéos
Why do we need solar energy?6 min
Sunlight at Earth5 min
Reading5 lectures
Energy sources4 min
Available energy5 min
Sunlight at Earth5 min
Area need5 min
Additional resources3 min
Quiz4 exercices pour s'entraîner
Direct radiation at Earth8 min
Can solar cells cover our needs?5 min
Energy sources15 min
Sunlight at Earth15 min

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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 vidéos (Total 24 min), 4 lectures, 4 quiz
Video5 vidéos
Power from a solar cell6 min
The IV curve5 min
Measuring an IV curve2 min
Light sources8 min
Reading4 lectures
Power from a solar cell10 min
Measuring power using an electronic load5 min
Taking the sun inside7 min
Additional resources3 min
Quiz4 exercices pour s'entraîner
Measure maximum power output8 min
Power from a solar cell5 min
Power from a solar cell15 min
Light15 min
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1 heure pour terminer

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 vidéos (Total 8 min), 5 lectures, 4 quiz
Video2 vidéos
Series and parallel connections4 min
Reading5 lectures
Modelling a solar cell8 min
Parasitic resistances8 min
Series and parallel connections6 min
Shadow effects7 min
Additional resources3 min
Quiz4 exercices pour s'entraîner
Solar cell modelling4 min
Solar cell connections4 min
Equivalent circuit15 min
Connected solar cells15 min

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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 vidéos (Total 12 min), 6 lectures, 6 quiz
Video3 vidéos
Semiconductors4 min
The pn-junction5 min
Reading6 lectures
How do solar cells work4 min
Semiconductors8 min
Light interaction5 min
Conductivity and doping9 min
The p-n junction6 min
Additional resources3 min
Quiz6 exercices pour s'entraîner
Color response8 min
Semiconductors4 min
Photon energy4 min
Doping4 min
Semiconductors and doping15 min
How do solar cells work15 min
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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 vidéos (Total 15 min), 4 lectures, 4 quiz
Video2 vidéos
Reflection and absorption6 min
Reading4 lectures
Theoretical solar cell efficiency8 min
Tandem and multi-junction solar cells7 min
Reflection and absorption8 min
Additional resources3 min
Quiz4 exercices pour s'entraîner
Efficiency4 min
Theoretical efficiency4 min
Efficiency15 min
Losses15 min

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2 heures pour terminer

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 vidéos (Total 24 min), 7 lectures, 4 quiz
Video5 vidéos
How do silicon solar cells work4 min
How are silicon solar cells made?6 min
How are silicon solar cells fabricated6 min
Summary3 min
Reading7 lectures
Crystalline silicon solar cells4 min
How do silicon solar cells work6 min
Production of silicon solar cells3 min
From sand to high quality silicon7 min
Production of standard silicon solar cells5 min
Summary3 min
Additional resources3 min
Quiz4 exercices pour s'entraîner
Working principles of silicon solar cells6 min
Production4 min
Silicon solar cells15 min
Fabrication15 min
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1 heure pour terminer

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....
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4 vidéos (Total 17 min), 5 lectures, 5 quiz
Video4 vidéos
Thin film technologies7 min
Thin film solar cell production4 min
Summary1 min
Reading5 lectures
Thin film solar cells5 min
Working principle of CIGS solar cells6 min
Production of CIGS solar cells6 min
Summary6 min
Additional resources3 min
Quiz5 exercices pour s'entraîner
Thin film4 min
Working principle2 min
Production4 min
Thin film solar cells15 min
Energy production15 min
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par 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.

par 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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DTU Energy

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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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