ME 432

ME 432 - Fundamentals of Photovoltaics

Fall 2020

Fundamentals of PhotovoltaicsME432FP370088OLC31100 - 1150 M W F    Elif Ertekin
Namhoon Kim
Fundamentals of PhotovoltaicsME432FP470089OLC41100 - 1150 M W F    Elif Ertekin
Namhoon Kim
Fundamentals of PhotovoltaicsME432OL375366OLC3 -    Elif Ertekin
Namhoon Kim
Fundamentals of PhotovoltaicsME432OL475367OLC4 -    Elif Ertekin
Namhoon Kim

Official Description

In this course, we will develop a fundamental understanding of how solar cells convert light to electricity, how solar cells are made, how solar cell performance is evaluated, and the photovoltaic technologies that are currently on the market and/or under development. Using thermodynamics, materials physics, and engineering analysis we will assess and critique the potential and drawbacks of modern photovoltaic technologies, including single- and multi- crystalline silicon, tandem cells, CdTe, CIGS, PVT, bulk heterojunctions (organic), Graetzel cells, nanostructure-based, and third generation PV. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. Prerequisite: PHYS 212 and ME 330 or equivalent.

Subject Area

  • Sustainability
  • Energy Materials