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EE 237: Solar Energy Conversion

This course will be an introduction to solar photovoltaics. Basics of solar energy conversion in photovoltaic devices. Economics of solar energy. Solar cell device physics: electrical and optical. Different generations of photovoltaic technology: crystalline silicon, thin film, multi-junction solar cells. Perovskite and silicon tandem cells. Advanced energy conversion concepts like photon up-conversion, quantum dot solar cells. Solar system issues including module assembly, inverters, and micro-inverters. Guest speakers include distinguished engineers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists actively engaged in solar industry. No prior photovoltaics knowledge is required. Recommended: EE116, EE216 or equivalent.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
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