About the course
Photovoltaic cells (also known as solar cells) are used to generate electricity in residential, commercial, utility and off-grid sectors. The latest advances in photovoltaic technology provide a fascinating discovery of how solar cells work.
This course compares silicon, cadmium telluride, copper indium gallium selenide, gallium arsenide, organic, dye-sensitized and multifunction solar cells.
You Will Learn
- Cost effectiveness of different types of solar cells
- Different materials and methods used to manufacture solar cells
- Energy principles in physics, photochemistry and electrochemistry
- Fundamentals of photovoltaic energy
This course is approximately 2.5 hours of video content with 1 hour of coursework.
- What solar cells can do and where they need to be to compete economically
- The science of solar
- Silicon solar cells
- Conventional thin-film solar cells
- Third generation (multijunctional) solar cells
- The resurgence of gallium arsenide
- Organic solar cells
- Comparison of the technologies and forecast for the future
- Opportunities for you
Mike McGehee is a Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy. His research interests are developing new materials for smart windows and solar cells. He has taught courses on nanotechnology, nanocharacterization, organic s...
Videos and materials
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