This course is an introduction to the currently developed types of solar cells as a function of materials used. The course starts with the history of solar cells and their development up to the current state. The students will learn about the materials used in solar cell manufacturing, and their physical and chemical characteristic in detail. These materials include, monocrystaline semiconductor wafers, thin film structures, organic materials currently produced and deployed by the industry. The nano-materials, which are used in innovative technologies for increasing solar cell efficiency coefficient and life-cycle are also studied.
The aim of course is to get acquainted with the basic terms and concepts used in the materials science of semiconductors. Course includes the explanation physical principles of solar panels depending on the use of different materials. It shows, specifications, differences in technology creation and possible applications of solar panels, depending on the materials from which they consist.
- To teach to determine the dependence of the properties of crystalline semiconductor materials used in solar energy from the chemical properties and material structure;
- To teach the basic methods of calculation and analysis of the properties crystalline materials used in solar energy;
- To teach how to create structures and devices based on crystalline materials, depending on the physicochemical properties for their application in solar energy.
As a result of the course the student acquires a skills, which allow to design solar cell based systems taking into account materials, costs, required efficiency coefficient, weather conditions and area used for panel placement.