Certificate of Advanced Studies

CAS ST – Advanced Solar Cell Technologies

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CAS ST – Advanced Solar Cell Technologies

This Certificate provides a comprehensive understanding of thin-film solar cells, of the so-called third generation photovoltaics as well as of new techniques in solar cell production.

Learning goals:

Target group

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

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

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Mid October
6 Months
Accredited Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
Fully online
Programme Fee
€ 2500
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Learn from Germany’s leading experts in solar energy

The Certificate “CAS ST – Advanced Solar Cell Technologies” consists of three courses and one seminar running in parallel. Unlike courses, the seminar provides the participants with the chance to independently work on a particular topic of their choice.

ST1.1 – Inorganic Thin-Film Solar Cells (4 ECTS)
Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Powalla
Head of Photovoltaics Division at Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW).

ST1.2 – III-V Solar Cells and Concentrator Systems (3 ECTS)
Lecturer: Dr. Gerald Siefer
Head of Group „III-V Cell and Module Characterization“ at Fraunhofer ISE.

ST2.1 – New Concepts for Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (2 ECTS)
Lecturer: Dr. Uli Würfel
Head of the Department “Organic and Perovskite Photovoltaics” at Fraunhofer ISE.

ST2.2 – Advanced Solar Cell Processing (1 ECTS)
Seminar facilitator: Dr. Martin Heinrich
Head of Team “Module Efficiency and New Concepts” at Fraunhofer ISE.

This Certificate provides a comprehensive understanding of the different types of thin-film solar cells like Si-based, CIGS, and CdTe thin-film, of the modules and their production. Their role in the photovoltaic market and the specific applications in which they excel will be discussed in detail. You will learn about high concentration photovoltaics and study III-V solar cell approaches. New and emerging concepts of solar cells like organic and perovskite will be introduced and discussed.

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Study Format:

  • E-learning and online video lectures accompanied by readings, exercises, self-assessments and online meetings with tutors and lecturers
  • Three written exams (60, 45 and 30 minutes) in a study center close to where you live
  • A seminar that includes the preparation of a handout and a final oral presentation

You are being closely monitored and supported by the tutors and lecturers throughout the entire duration of your certificate studies. The various teaching styles and formats allow you to engage with the topic in many compelling ways.

Short 20-minute e-lectures combined with a great collection of reading material provide you with 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 parts in the reading material.

Your growing expertise is put into practice in exercise sheets, self-assessments - and of course in the seminars, where you independently research about, analyze and present a particular topic of your choice. 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 offering academic continuing education for working professionals.

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