2.627 / 2.626 Fundamentals of Photovoltaics, Fall 2011
Fundamentals of Photovoltaics
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In this course, students learn about the fundamentals of photoelectric conversion: charge excitation, conduction, separation, and collection. Lectures cover commercial and emerging photovoltaic technologies and cross-cutting themes, including conversion efficiencies, loss mechanisms, characterization, manufacturing, systems, reliability, life-cycle analysis, and risk analysis. Some of the course will also be devoted to discussing photovoltaic technology evolution in the context of markets, policies, society, and environment.
photovoltaics, renewable energy, solar, pn-junction, quantum efficiency, bandgap, thermalization, semiconductor, thin films, charge excitation, conduction, commercialization, emerging technologies, conversion efficiencies, loss mechanisms, manufacturing, life-cycle analysis, markets, policy, society, environment