Spring 2023 - SEE 894 G100

Special Topics II (3)

Photovoltaics for Green Energy

Class Number: 6239

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Tue, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2023
    Sun, 11:59–11:59 p.m.

  • Corequisites:

    SEE 896 or SEE 897.



Special Topics in Sustainable Energy Engineering.


SEE 894 – G100 Special Topics II (3)
Photovoltaics for Green Energy

For Spring 2023, SEE 894-G100 will cover 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 specific photovoltaic technologies are discussed in terms of their industrial production, outlook, and sustainability potential.



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