Certificate of Advanced Studies

CAS 1 – Solar Cells and
Photovoltaic Systems

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CAS 1 – Solar Cells and Photovoltaic Systems

This Certificate provides a comprehensive understanding about the fundamental physical processes of solar cells and the design and function of photovoltaic systems.

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:

Fact Sheet

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 1 - Solar Cells and Photovoltaic Systems” consists of two separate courses running in parallel:

1.1 – Solar Cells (5 ECTS)
Lecturer: Dr. Uli Würfel
Researcher at the Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum – FMF and Head of the Department “Organic and Perovskite Photovoltaics” at Fraunhofer ISE.

1.2 – Photovoltaic Systems (5 ECTS)
Lecturer: Dr.-Ing. Oliver Stalter
Director of the Division “Energy Technology and Systems” in the Business Division “Power Electronics, Grids and Smart Systems” at Fraunhofer ISE.

Condensing the expertise gained over the years, this Certificate enables a 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
  • Enthusiasts will be able to understand in detail the physical principles of every kind of solar cell.

Participants will become proficient in explaining the physical and engineering principles, analyzing and assessing new solar cell concepts as well as latest trends in photovoltaics.

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Study Format:

  • E-learning and online video lectures accompanied by readings, exercises and online meetings with tutors and lecturers
  • Two written exams (75 minutes each) in a study center close to where you live
  • Join our voluntary Campus Phase here in Freiburg, Germany

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 15-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. 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.