Certificate of Advanced Studies

CAS 3 – Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics

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CAS 3 – Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics

From feedstock to photovoltaic modules – you will grasp a wide array of most commonly used photovoltaic technology. Learn about the whole process – from the physical basics to the latest industrial standards.

Learning goals:

Target group

This Certificate is an ideal choice for you if you are a working professional with:

In addition, the following skills are particularly helpful to make your study experience a success:

Fact Sheet

Mid April
6 Months
Accredited Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
Online with a 2-day on campus training
Programme Fee
€ 2500
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Learn from Germany’s leading experts in solar energy

The Certificate “CAS 3 – Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics” consists of courses and an on-campus laboratory training at the end of your certificate studies:

Course: Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics (8 ECTS)
The course conveys the state-of-the-art technology for the fabrication of crystalline silicon solar cell modules starting from quartz sand. Main topics are the solar cell wafer fabrication, the working principle of the Al-BSF and PERC solar cell concept, as well as advanced high efficiency cell concepts, inline fabrication of solar cells and photovoltaic modules. The course involves necessary simulation and characterization approaches to understand the limitations of solar cell devices as well as current trends in research and technology.

Lab Training: Hands-on Solar Cell Processing (2 ECTS)
Experience a two-day lab training at the latest technology facilities of the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg at the end of your certificate studies, during the Campus Phase week.

All lecturers are respected scientists in solar cell research at the Fraunhofer ISE - as experts, they are available for your questions during the online meetings:

Dr. Martin Schubert, Head of Department Characterization and Simulation
Prof. Dr. Stefan Glunz,
Director, Division Photovoltaics –  Research
Dr. Ralf Preu, Director,
Division Photovoltaics – Production Technology
Dr. Harry Wirth, Director,
Division Photovoltaics – Modules and Power Plants
Dr. Jochen Rentsch,
Head of Department, Production Technology – Surfaces and Interfaces

ONLINE PHASE (22 weeks)









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Study Format:

  • E-learning and online video lectures accompanied by readings, exercises, quizzes and online meetings with tutors and lecturers
  • Written exams (120 minutes in total) in a study center close to your location
  • Mandatory attendance to a  2-day lab training at the Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany at the end of your certificate studies (around March)

You are closely monitored and supported by tutors and lecturers throughout your entire certificate studies. Various teaching styles and formats allow you to engage with the topic in numerous compelling ways.

Short 15-minute e-lectures combined with a great collection of reading materials provide you the latest theoretical understanding of each topic. Our lecturers have carefully selected the most relevant publications for you. References -  incorporated into the videos - point you to the most relevant sections in the reading material.

Your growing expertise is put into practice through exercise sheets and quizzes. Regular online meetings and lively forum discussions with fellow students, tutors and lecturers will round off your learning experience.

Accredited Certificate Program:

A Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) is a subject-specific advanced training program which is compliant with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). With a scope of 10 ECTS each, our Certificates correspond to an average study-workload of 250 hours - considering that 1 ECTS is equivalent to 25 hours.

These standards secure the high quality of CAS programs, as well as their comparability and recognition across educational institutions that offer academic continuing education for working professionals.

Thus, it is possible to combine CAS programs from the same or different institutions in Germany and Switzerland to a more extensive degree in modular fashion.