Syllabus for Advanced Solar Cell Design

Avancerad solcellsdesign


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TE724
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology A1F, Renewable Electricity Production A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2014-03-11
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2023-02-03
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    180 credits within science/technology including 20 credits on advanced level. Modern physics as well as Solar Energy - Technology and Systems (may be attended in parallel). Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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 minimise losses,
  • evaluate different module types with regard to function, application, economy and appearance.


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.


Lectures, seminars and computer simulations. Study visits.


Written and oral presentation of the simulation project (3 hp). Oral examination of processing methods and modular concepts (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: Autumn 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

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

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

    Find in the library