Syllabus for Advanced Solar Cell Design

Avancerad solcellsdesign

Syllabus

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TE724
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology A1F, Renewable Energy Production A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2014-03-11
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-11-13
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 180 credits withing Science and Technology including 20 credits on advanced level. Modern physics as well as Solar Energy - Technology and Systems (may be attended in parallel).
  • Responsible department: Department of Engineering Sciences

Learning outcomes

After a successfully completed course the student should be able to:

  • analyse how different designs affect the performance of solar cells,
  • calculate the performance of a solar cell using simulation tools,
  • separate optical and electrical losses in a solar cell,
  • compare the main processing methods to fabricate solar cells with high efficiency from an economic, technical and sustainability perspective,
  • propose design changes to minimize losses,
  • evaluate different module types with regard to function, application, economy and appearance.

Content

Fabrication of silicon based as well as thin film solar cells, the impact on performance. Concepts for high efficiency at cell level for both silicon and thin film based celss (point contacts, light scattering, 3D structures, tandem, bandgapsgradering). Advanced module concept (back contacted solar cells, I-module, flexible modules). Simulation of solar cell structures in one dimension with two different simulation programs.

Instruction

Lectures, seminars and computer simulations. Study visits. The course is given in English if necessary.

Assessment

Written and oral presentation of the simulation project (3 hp). Oral examination of processing methods and modular concept (2 hp).
 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2019

  • Luque, A.; Hegedus, Steven. Handbook of photovoltaic science and engineering

    2nd ed.: Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.: Wiley, 2011

    Find in the library