Free Online Clean Energy University Level Lecture.
As part of any clean energy education and certainly for people interested in solar energy education and careers a proper understanding of modern solar cell science is critical. Learning how photons are converted to electrons that ultimately become the electricity flow to our homes or devices is so important.
While photovoltaics is not the only practical way to harness the power of the sun, it is currently the most cost effective and is furtherest along in technological development. There are new streams of research even in the field of photovoltaics that are mostly about the materials and chemistry. If you are interested in this research as a field of study or possible career, we encourage you to watch for future free lectures and courses posted here on FREE Solar Energy Training.
This introduction course on solar cells covers the basics of PN junctions, optical absorption, and IV characteristics. Performance metrics such as efficiency, short-circuit current, fill factor, and open-circuit voltage are discussed. Key technology options and economic considers are also briefly introduced.
More Online Clean Energy Education To Follow.
Solar cells are basically a semi-conductor and the science that is behind them is very similar to that of electronic devices such as transistors, diodes and capacitors. We will follow with more courses in basic electronics and electricity to ensure our readers of access to a well rounded understanding of the connected fields.