Fundamentals of Photovoltaics
Learning Objective:A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
- An understanding of the operation of solar cells and of how solar cells are interconnected in panels.
- An ability to estimate the maximum efficiency of ideal and nonideal solar cells.
- An understanding of the key reliability issues for photovoltaic systems.
- An ability to estimate the cost and performance of grid-connected and stand along PV systems.
This course is designed for students from all disciplines in engineering and science seeking to learn about how solar cells function, how they are connected into modules, how modules are assembled into panels, and how panels are fielded in solar farms. The basics of solar farms are covered as well as the reliability of solar cells. The course is taught at the advanced undergraduate / beginning graduate student level.