Syllabus for Solar Energy - Technology and Systems

Solenergi - teknik och system

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1TE028
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology A1N, Energy Technology A1N, Renewable Energy Production A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2011-03-07
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2013-08-27
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 36, 2013
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits, including quantum physics or semiconductor technology.
  • Responsible department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to

  • explain the technical and physical principles of solar cells and solar collectors,
  • measure and evaluate different solar energy technologies through knowledge of the physical function of the devices,
  • calculate the required size of solar collector and solar cell system from need of power and energy by using computerised tools,
  • make critical comparisons of different solar energy systems, e.g. zero energy or plus energy houses or hybrid systems,
  • present, in English, technological and socio-economical issues on solar energy in a concise and comprehensible way by using poster presentations, Power Point or similar.


Solar radiation: The properties of sunlight. Absorption of light by the atmosphere. Spectral distribution of sunlight.
Solar thermal: Thermo-dynamical description of solar collectors. Optical properties of solar collectors. Technologies for fabrication of solar collectors. Solar thermal systems for different applications in Sweden and abroad. Storage of solar generated heat.
Concentrated Solar Power (CSP): Optical properties of concentrated light systems. Function and build-up of a CSP system. Overview of the different components and their functions. Examples of CSP-systems throughout the world.
Solar Cells: The function and working principles of the solar cell. Spectral sensitivity. Concept for increasing the efficiency of solar cells, based on loss analysis. Different solar cell technologies and fabrication methods. Calculating output and dimensioning of solar cell systems. Solar cells in optically concentrated systems.
Solar cell/solar thermal hybrid systems: Combinations of solar thermal and solar cell systems. Overview of different applications.
Active solar energy in systems: How large scale deployment of active solar energy is possible in Sweden. Buying and selling heat and electric energy. District heating with solar thermal components. Grid aspects of large scale deployment of solar cells.


Lectures and seminars. The seminars can be in the form of lessons or discussion sessions. Study visit. Laboratory exercises and computer simulations. Group project.


Written examination at the end of the course (8.5 credits) as well as active participation in project work and seminars (1.5 cr). Compulsory participation in lab exercises and computer simulation sessions.

Other directives

The course can not be included in the same degree as 1TE206, Solar Energy - Technology and Systems, or 1TE678, Solar Energy Technologies for Electricity Production.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 36, 2013

Reading materials handed out during the course.

  • Mertens, Konrad Photovoltaics : fundamentals, technology and practice

    Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2014.

    Find in the library