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Description

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, risk analysis, and technology evolution in the context of markets, policies, society, and environment.

This course is one of many OCW Energy Courses, and it is an elective subject in MIT’s undergraduate Energy Studies Minor. This Institute–wide program complements the deep expertise obtained in any major with a broad understanding of the interlinked realms of science, technology, and social sciences as they relate to energy and associated environmental challenges.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction Unlimited
  • The Solar Resource Unlimited
  • Light Absorption and Optical Losses Unlimited
  • Charge Excitation Unlimited
  • Charge Separation, Part I Unlimited
  • Charge Separation, Part II Unlimited
  • Toward a 1D Device Model, Part I: Device Fundamentals Unlimited
  • Charge Extraction Unlimited
  • Wafer Silicon-Based Solar Cells, Part I Unlimited
  • Wafer Silicon-Based Solar Cells, Part II Unlimited
  • Thin Films: Materials Choices and Manufacturing, Part I Unlimited
  • Thin Films: Materials Choices and Manufacturing, Part II Unlimited
  • PV Efficiency: Measurement and Theoretical Limits Unlimited
  • Advanced Concepts Unlimited
  • Solar Cell Characterization Unlimited
  • Modules, Systems, and Reliability Unlimited
  • Cost, Price, Markets, & Support Mechanisms, Part I Unlimited
  • Cost, Price, Markets, & Support Mechanisms, Part II Unlimited
  • R&D Investment & Innovation in PV Unlimited

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