Subject description

Solar energy and review of conversion concepts to electrical energy.

Solar cells: principles of operation, structures, materials and technologies, properties of crystalline silicon and gallium arsenide cells, thin-film (silicon, chalcopyrite, cadmium telluride), mesoscopic and organic solar cells; tandem and multijunction solar cells; thermophotovoltaic cells; analysis of optical and electrical losses, modeling, simulations and characterization; advanced concepts and technological trends.

Photovoltaic modules: properties and performance, technology trends of crystalline silicon and GaAs, thin-film and concentrating PV modules. Performance and loss analysis, energy yield, testing, certification and standards, reliability and lifetime. Modeling, simulation and characterization.

Photovoltaic systems: grid-connected and stand-alone PV systems; design and planning, operation and maintenance; power regulators and inverters, protection elements; energy storage concepts; reliability and maintainability; grid-connection, economics of PV systems.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

  • an overview knowledge on contemporary devices, technologies and trends in photovoltaics (PV)
  • upgrade of knowledge on operational principles of PV devices
  • ability of further research work in the field

Teaching and learning methods

  • lectures:                                                                                                                                                in case of less than 7 students attending the course only an introductory lecture   is    given   (in one or two days).  In the case of more than 6 students extended lectures are provided
  • consultations (mostly in the frame of seminar work)
  • individual work and seminar work: from a specific field of photovoltaics, defined based on agreement between lecturer and student, seminar work is then presented and defended

Expected study results

  • preknowledge for further research and development in PV science and engineering
  • understanding of operational principle and usage of photovoltaics devices
  • specific research work in a selected topic from photovoltaics (seminar work)

Basic sources and literature

[1]A. Luque, S. Fonash: Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering, 2nd Ed, Wiley, 2011.

[2] M.A.Green: Third Generation Photovoltaics: Advanced Solar Energy Conversion, Springer, 2005.

[3] R. A. Messenger and J. Ventre, Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, 3rd Ed., CRC Press (2010)

[4] A. Luque and V. M. Andreev: Concentrator Photovoltaics. Springer, 2007.

[5] Janez KRČ, Marko TOPIČ. Optical modeling and simulation of thin-film photovoltaic devices. CRC Press, 2013. XIII, 258 str. ISBN 978-1-4398-1849-7 [COBISS.SI-ID 9762644].

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