in scientific cooperation with

Fraunhofer ISE

Content details

The MSc Solar Energy Engineering focuses on physics, technology and system design to convey expertise in solar energy engineering. The lectures will go deeply into the technological and engineering aspects of photovoltaic and solar thermal systems. By completing the course, you will be able to develop, design and optimize solar energy systems with respect to efficiency, cost, lifetime and grid integration. Leading experts from Fraunhofer ISE and University of Freiburg provide instruction based on the latest scientific and technological knowledge. The module structure splits into preparation modules, project modules, mandatory modules and elective modules.

Preparation Modules

The preparation modules provide an in-depth preparation for the following mandatory and elective modules to provide students with the background knowledge in math, physics, electrical engineering and economics. Depending on the students background it is possible to skip some of these courses.

Modules

Semester

ECTS

Type

Module A: A.1 The Global Energy Needs in a Nutshell

First

5

Lecture

Module B: Fundamentals of Math and Physics

 

10

 

B.1 – Mathematical Methods

First

4

Lecture

B.2 – Physical Methods

First

6

Lecture

Module C: Fundamentals of Semiconductors

 

12

 

C.1 – Semiconductor Devices and Processing Technology

Second

6

Lecture

C.2 – Solid State and Semiconductor Physics

Second

6

Lecture

Module D: Electrical Engineering and Power Electronics

Second

3

Lecture

 

Project Modules

The Project modules are a highlight of the Master program! During these modules students will work on a topic from their workplace or any other topic related to solar energy with a mentor or tutor who provides expertise in the field.

Modules

Semester

ECTS

Type

Module R: Research Projects

 

 

 

R.1 – Research Skills (1a) and Research Project (1b)

First & Second

10

Lecture & Project

R.2 – Research Projects (2a) and (2b)

Third & Fourth

10

Project

R.3 – Research Project (3a) and (3b)

Fifth & Sixth

10

Project

 

Mandatory Modules

The scientific and technological background is the main topic for the mandatory modules. Every student has to take these modules, therefore it is ensured that all graduates have a good understanding of the working principles of solar cells, photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems and crystalline silicon photovoltaics.

Modules

Semester

ECTS

Type

Module 1: Solar Cells & Photovoltaic Systems

 

10

 

1.1 – Solar Cells

3

5

Lecture

1.2 – Photovoltaic Systems

3

5

Lecture

Module 2: Solar Thermal Systems

 

10

 

2.1 – Fundamentals of Solar Thermal Collectors

3

5

Lecture

2.2 – Solar Thermal Systems Engineering

3

5

Lecture

Module 3: Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics

 

10

 

3.1 – Feedstock and Crystallization

4

2

Lecture

3.2 – Silicon Solar Cells – Structure and Analysis

4

2

Lecture

3.3 – Solar Cell Production Technology

4

2

Lecture

3.4 – Silicon Module Technology and Reliability

4

1

Lecture

3.5 – Hands-on Solar Cell Processing

4

3

Lab

Module M: Master Module

6

15

Thesis

 

Elective Modules

The elective modules allow a specialization within a specific field in solar energy. Here the students become experts in their respective topic and may already set a foundation for their master thesis. The currently offered specializations are: "Characterization & Modelling", "Photovoltaic Systems & Grids" and "Solar Cell Technologies".

Modules

Semester

ECTS

Type

Topic: Characterization & Modelling

 

 

 

Module CM1: Material and Solar Cell Characterization

 

5

 

CM1.1 – Material and Solar Cell Characterization

5

3

Lecture

CM1.2 – Hands-on Measurement Instrumentation

5

2

Lab

Module CM2: Device Modeling & Adv. Characterization

 

5

 

CM2.1 – Numerical Simulation of Solar Cells

5

3

Lecture

CM2.2 – Advanced Material & Solar Cell Char.

5

2

Seminar

Topic: Photovoltaic Systems & Grids

 

 

 

Module PG1: Electronics for Photovoltaic Systems

 

6

 

PG1.1 – Selected Semiconductor Devices

4

2

Seminar

PG1.2 – Grid Integration and Control of PV Systems

4

4

Lecture

Module PG2: Renewable Energy Systems & Smart Grids

 

4

 

PG2.1 – Technologies for Renewable Energy Conversion

4

2

Seminar

PG2.2 – Smart Grids & Energy Autonom. Communities

4

2

Lecture

Topic: Solar Cell Technologies

 

 

 

Module ST1: Thin-Film and Concentrator Photovoltaics

 

7

 

ST1.1 – Inorganic Thin-Film Solar Cells

5

4

Lecture

ST1.2 – III-V Solar Cells and Concentrator Systems

5

3

Lecture

Module ST2: Advanced Processing & New Cell Concepts

 

3

 

ST2.1 – New Concepts for PV Energy Conversion

5

2

Lecture

ST2.2 – Advanced Solar Cell Processing

5

1

Seminar

For a detailed descriptions of all modules, you may download the module handbook here.