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ECE 414A -- Photovoltaic Solar Energy Systems (3 units)
Description: 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
Also offered as OPTI 414A
Honsberg, Christiana and Stuart Bowden. PVCDROM. Solar Power Labs at ASU. Online. <www.pveducation.org/pvcdrom>.
By the end of this course, the student will be able to:
Three, 50-minute lectures per week
ECE 414A contributes directly to the following specific Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Outcomes of the ECE department: