MICRO-565 / 3 credits

Teacher(s): Ballif Christophe, Haug Franz-Josef

Language: English


Summary

The objective of this lecture is to give an in-depth understanding of the physics and manufacturing processes of photovoltaic solar cells and related devices (photodetectors, photoconductors). The principle and techniques addressed in this lecture will be useful in a wide range of related fields.

Content

Learning Prerequisites

Important concepts to start the course

A good understanding of basic semiconductor physics is required.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • be able to perform efficiently simulations of various devices
  • have an in-depth, intuitive understanding of how PV devices work
  • understand process manufacturing chain and interlinks
  • understand price/cost issue, asses critically PV as a form of sustainable energy.

Teaching methods

  • Weekly lectures and exercises session.
  • Guided lessons for simulations of photovoltaic devices

Expected student activities

  • Attendance at lectures
  • Completing and discussing exercises (in class followed by assistants)
  • Read and comment scientific papers on photovoltaic devices

Assessment methods

Written exam

Supervision

Others available via email

Resources

Bibliography

Goetzberger, Bernhard Voss, Joachim Knobloch Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells : A, Wiley 1998

M. Green, Solar Cells, Prentice Hall (1982), Volume 1-2-3

A. Ricaud, Photopile solaire, De la physique de la conversion photovoltaïque aux filières, matériaux et procédés, Cahiers de Chimie, PPUR, 1997

A. Shah, Editor Thin-film Silicon solar cells, 1st version 2010, EPFL Press isbn 1420066749

Ressources en bibliothèque

Prerequisite for

List of subsequent courses for which the successful completion of this course is a prerequisite

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

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