ET4377 Photovoltaic technologies

Topics: For several solar-cell technologies, the device concepts, specific materials properties, and the manufacturing are discussed
This course will focus on several solar-cell technologies: silicon solar cells based on (multi)-crystalline wafers, thin-film solar cells based on thin silicon films, cadmium telluride (CdTe) and copper-indium-(gallium)-(di)selenide (CIS to CIGS), III-V solar cells and concentrators, and organic and 3rd generation solar cells. For these various technologies the device concepts, the specific properties of the materials required, and the manufacturing and processing methods will be discussed.

Before these technologies will be discussed, an in-depth depth treatment of semiconductor device physics for solar cells and light-management concepts will be given that are applicable to all technologies. Issues included are recombination at interfaces, passivation, heterojunctions, various principles of light-scattering, anti-reflection coatings, and textured interfaces. Study Goals This course aims at an understanding of the different solar-cell technologies. Students are expected to be able to explain the operation of these devices based on the design, processing and material properties. Therefore an understanding of the physics of these technologies is required.


A.H.M. Smets

R.A.C.M.M. van Swaaij

Last modified: 2014-06-13


Credits: 4 EC
Period: 0/4/0/0