in scientific cooperation with

Fraunhofer ISE

Advanced Solar Cell Technologies

Module Overview

This module provides comprehensive fundamental understanding of the basics for Si-based, CIGS, and CdTe thin-film solar cells, modules, and module production. With this knowledge students will be able to understand the different types of thin-film solar cells, their role in the PV market and the specific applications in which thin?film solar cells excel. They will also be able to assess present and future novel photovoltaic concepts.

Participants gain a wide overview about existing concepts to overcome the thermodynamic limit for single junction solar cells, the so-called third generation photovoltaics. New techniques in solar cell production which originate from the related fields of microsystems engineering and nanoscience will be introduced. The processes introduced are likely to concern photovoltaic engineers in an upcoming 10-year period.

Module Content

Inorganic Thin-Film Solar Cells

This course provides an extensive overview on inorganic thin-film solar cells: physics, materials, growth, production and characterization. With this information the student will be able to understand the different types of thin-film solar cells, their role in the PV market and the specific applications where thin-film solar cells excel.

III-V Solar Cells and Concentrator Systems

This course gives a broad overview on the field of high concentration photovoltaics. This involves the approach of multi-junction solar cells and issues related to the operation of solar cells under concentrated light.

New Concepts for Photovoltaic Energy Conversion

This course gives an overview on the different kinds of new types of solar cells and shows how they differ from conventional solar cells made from inorganic semiconductors. The advantages and the weak points in these emerging technologies will be analyzed.

Advanced Solar Cell Processing - Seminar

This seminar gives an overview on the new techniques in solar cell production which often come from the related fields of microsystems engineering and the nanosciences. The processes introduced in this seminar are likely to concern the PV engineer in an upcoming 10 year period. 

Module features

  • Advanced Solar Cell Technologies
  • Starting date: mid-October each year
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Credits: 10 ECTS (~ 8-10 hours workload per week)
  • Prerequisites:

    • Bachelor in Engineering, Physics or any related field
    • Knowledge in semiconductor physics and semiconductor devices

  • Application deadline: October 1st each year
  • Course fee: 2500 € (discounts for students upon request)