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Photovoltaic cells (also known as solar cells) are used to generate electricity in residential, commercial, utility and off-grid sectors. The latest advances in photovoltaic technology provide a fascinating discovery of how solar cells work.
This course compares silicon, cadmium telluride, copper indium gallium selenide, gallium arsenide, organic, dye-sensitized and multifunction solar cells.
You Will Learn
- Cost effectiveness of different types of solar cells
- Different materials and methods used to manufacture solar cells
- Energy principles in physics, photochemistry and electrochemistry
- Fundamentals of photovoltaic energy
This course is approximately 2.5 hours of video content with 1 hour of coursework.
- Michael McGehee Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
- What solar cells can do and where they need to be to compete economically
- The science of solar
- Silicon solar cells
- Conventional thin-film solar cells
- Third generation (multijunctional) solar cells
- The resurgence of gallium arsenide
- Organic solar cells
- Comparison of the technologies and forecast for the future
- Opportunities for you
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