Solar Energy (edX)

Solar Energy (edX)
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Basic knowledge of physics and mathematical skills such as integration and differentiation are preferred.
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Solar Energy (edX)
Discover the power of solar energy and design a complete photovoltaic system. In the third edition of Solar Energy, you will learn to design a complete photovoltaic system. This course introduces the technology that converts solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels with a main focus on electricity generation.

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Photovoltaic (PV) devices are presented as advanced semiconductor devices that deliver electricity directly from sunlight. The emphasis is on understanding the working principle of a solar cell, fabrication of solar cells, PV module construction and the design of a PV system. You will gain a greater understanding of the principles of the photovoltaic conversion— the conversion of light into electricity. This course explores the advantages, limitations and challenges of different solar cell technologies, such as crystalline silicon solar cell technology, thin film solar cell technologies and the latest novel solar cell concepts as studied on lab-scale. We will discuss the specifications of solar modules and demonstrate how to design a complete solar system for any particular application.




Education Method:

The class will consist of a collection of eight to twelve minute lecture videos, exercises, assignments and exams. Specified assignments and the three exams will determine the final grade. The new textbook on “Solar Energy, basics, technology and systems” from the Delft University of Technology will be available for the students on-line and free of charge. Your course staff will encourage and challenge you to learn from, and interact with, your fellow students by helping each other and sharing ideas and best practices, in the course forum. We were happy to see the incredible number of interesting student videos on solar energy systems from all over the world in the previous edition of this course.


What you'll learn:

- The various methods of converting solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels

- The physical working principles of photovoltaic conversion in solar cells

- How to recognize and describe the various solar cell technologies, their current status and future technological challenges

- How to analyze the performance of solar cells and modules

- How to design a complete photovoltaic system for any particular application on paper


Course Syllabus


Week 1 Introduction to Solar Energy

Week 2 Working Principle of a Semiconductor based Solar Cell

Week 3 Solar Cell Operation, Performance and Design Rules

Week 4 PV technology Based on Crystalline Silicon Wafers

Week 5 Thin-Film PV technologies

Week 6 Third Generation PV and Other Ways to Utilize Solar Energy

Week 7 PV Systems-Components and Concepts

Week 8 PV Systems- Application and Design



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Course Auditing
44.00 EUR
Basic knowledge of physics and mathematical skills such as integration and differentiation are preferred.

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