Spring 2022 - SEE 894 G100

Special Topics II (3)

Photovoltaics for Green Energy

Class Number: 8030

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Tue, 10:00–11:20 a.m.

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Thu, 10:00–11:20 a.m.

  • Corequisites:

    SEE 896 or SEE 897.



Special Topics in Sustainable Energy Engineering.


SEE 894 – G100 Special Topics II
Photovoltaics for Green Energy

This course covers the fundamentals of photovoltaics as a widely applicable method for sustainably generating electric power. Multidisciplinary coverage of the field is provided, encompassing aspects pertaining to materials science and engineering, device physics, manufacturing, and sustainability. Students will learn about the operational mechanisms of photovoltaic devices and the factors determining their efficiencies, the properties of commercial and emerging photovoltaic materials, the production processes of the various photovoltaic technologies developed to date, and their sustainability profiles. In addition to mainstream outdoor solar cells, emerging application areas such as building-integrated photovoltaics and indoor photovoltaics are also treated. The course includes guest lectures where emerging photovoltaic technologies are discussed.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.