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2.627 Fundamentals of Photovoltaics (Fall 2011, MIT OCW). Instructor: Prof. Tonio Buonassisi. In this course, students learn about the fundamentals of photoelectric conversion

charge excitation, conduction, separation, and collection. Lectures cover commercial and emerging photovoltaic technologies and cross-cutting themes, including conversion efficiencies, loss mechanisms, characterization, manufacturing, systems, reliability, life-cycle analysis, and risk analysis. Some of the course will also be devoted to discussing photovoltaic technology evolution in the context of markets, policies, society, and environment. (from ocw.mit.edu)

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  • Lecture 01 – Introduction Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – The Solar Resource Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Light Absorption and Optical Losses Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Charge Excitation Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Charge Separation, Part I: Diode Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Charge Separation, Part II: Diode Under Illumination Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Toward a 1D Device Model, Part I: Device Fundamentals Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Toward a 1D Device Model, Part II: Material Fundamentals Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Charge Extraction Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Wafer Silicon-Based Solar Cells, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Wafer Silicon-Based Solar Cells, Part II Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Thin Films: Material Choices and Manufacturing, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Thin Films: Material Choices and Manufacturing, Part II Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – PV Efficiency: Measurement and Theoretical Limits Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Advanced Concepts Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Solar Cell Characterization Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Modules, Systems, and Reliability Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Cost, Price, Markets, and Support Mechanisms, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Cost, Price, Markets, and Support Mechanisms, Part II Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – R&D Investment and Innovation in PV Unlimited

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