in scientific cooperation with

Fraunhofer ISE

Module Overview

Solar cells and photovoltaic systems are high-tech devices, which directly convert sunlight into electricity. The underlying scientific principles of these devices have been researched for decades with even more to come. This module condenses the expertise gained over the years to enable a substantial scientific understanding of photovoltaic energy conversion.

Participants gain an overview of the overall system of photovoltaic energy conversion and a detailed scientific foundation of the underlying principles of solar cells. Experienced engineers will be qualified to design and optimize photovoltaic systems and newcomers will be able to understand and enter the photovoltaics sector. Participants will be proficient in explaining the physical and engineering principles, analyzing and assessing new solar cell concepts as well as latest trends in photovoltaics based on the fundamental principles.

Module Content

III-V Solar Cells and Concentrator Systems

This course gives a broad overview on the field of high concentration photovoltaics. This involves the approach of multi-junction solar cells and issues related to the operation of solar cells under concentrated light.

Inorganic Thin-Film Solar Cells

This course provides an extensive overview on inorganic thin-film solar cells: physics, materials, growth, production and characterization. With this information the student will be able to understand the different types of thin-film solar cells, their role in the PV market and the specific applications where thin-film solar cells excel.

New Concepts for Photovoltaic Energy Conversion

This course gives an overview on the different kinds of new types of solar cells and shows how they differ from conventional solar cells made from inorganic semiconductors. The advantages and the weak points in these emerging technologies will be analyzed.

Advanced Solar Cell Processing - Seminar

This seminar gives an overview on the new techniques in solar cell production which often come from the related fields of microsystems engineering and the nanosciences. The processes introduced in this seminar are likely to concern the PV engineer in an upcoming 10 year period. 

Module features

  • Solar Cells and PV Systems
  • Starting date: mid-October each year
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Credits: 10 ECTS (~ 8-10 hours workload per week)
  • Prerequisites:

    • Bachelor in Engineering, Physics or any related field
    • Knowledge in semiconductor physics and semiconductor devices

  • Application deadline: October 1st each year
  • Course fee: 2500 € (discounts for students upon request)