Solar energy is energy provided by the sun in form of photons, also commonly referred to as radiant light and heat. Harnessing solar energy is achieved by conversion of the photon energies into heat or electrical energy. Solar Energy Engineering describes the working principles of these conversion methods and how to design, improve and build them.

The main conversion methods are Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), Photovoltaics (PV) and solar thermal energy. CSP is an indirect conversion of photons into electricity by focusing the sun light on a small area to generate a large amount of heat. PV is the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity by using e.g. semiconductor devices to generate electron-hole pairs. Solar Thermal is split into several methods which all use photons to generate different forms of usable heat.

Solar Energy Engineering - continuing education

The continuing education program in solar energy engineering provides profound insights into the physics, technology and system design of solar cells, PV and CSP systems and solar thermal devices. Excellent researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg provide courses based on the latest scientific and technological knowledge.

Study part time – from all over the world

You will spend most of your time studying online – from any place in the world. Downloadable scripts and e-lectures provide the freedom to use available time slots on business trips and train rides for your education and career building.

Hands-on experience at Fraunhofer ISE’s labs

The highlight of the program is a voluntary campus phase offered at the end of each semester or certificate course. You will get the chance to meet teachers and fellow students personally and experience hands-on training in Fraunhofer ISE’s labs. Invited speakers from science and industry will bring you deeper into the photovoltaics community – a community that is growing in number and importance.