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This course is intended to provide an introduction to the theory and operation of different types of photovoltaic devices, the characteristics of solar illumination, and the advantages and characteristics of concentrating and light management optics. The physical limits on photovoltaic cell performance and practical device operation will be analyzed. The main device emphasis will focus on different types of silicon photovoltaics including crystalline, amorphous, multi-crystalline, and thin film solar cells. An overview of other types of photovoltaic cells including multi-junction III-V, CdTe, CuInSe2, and organics will also be given. A discussion of radiometric and spectral properties of solar illumination will be presented and the impact of these factors on solar cell design will be explored. Techniques for increasing the performance of solar cells by light trapping, photon recycling, and anti-reflection coatings will be covered. The design and operation of imaging and non-imaging concentrators will also be discussed. Basic experiments related to PV cell measurements and the optical properties of concentrators are also planned for the course.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Identical to: OPTI 414A.
May be convened with: ECE 514A.
Usually offered: Fall, Spring.
Online PV book: pvcdrom.org
Notes on class webpage: http://www2.engr.arizona.edu/~ece414a/
By the end of this course, the student will understand:
Three 50-minute lecture sessions per week.
Ten homework problem sets during semester.
4 Lab demonstrations and assignments.
Guest lecture from local industry and trip to TEP solar test yard;
One in-class examinations plus a final examination.
a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (HIGH),
c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs (MEDIUM),
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (MEDIUM),