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Solar Energy

In the third edition of Solar Energy, you will learn to design a complete photovoltaic system. This course introduces the technology that converts solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels with a main focus on electricity generation. Photovoltaic (PV) devices are presented as advanced semiconductor devices that deliver electricity directly from sunlight. The emphasis is on understanding the working principle of a solar cell, fabrication of solar cells, PV module construction and the design of a PV system. You will gain a greater understanding of the principles of the photovoltaic conversion— the conversion of light into electricity. This course explores the advantages, limitations and challenges of different solar cell technologies, such as crystalline silicon solar cell technology, thin film solar cell technologies and the latest novel solar cell concepts as studied on lab-scale. We will discuss the specifications of solar modules and demonstrate how to design a complete solar system for any particular application.

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The class will consist of a collection of eight to twelve minute lecture videos, exercises, assignments and exams. Specified assignments and the three exams will determine the final grade. The new textbook on “Solar Energy, basics, technology and systems” from the Delft University of Technology will be available for the students on-line and free of charge. Your course staff will encourage and challenge you to learn from, and interact with, your fellow students by helping each other and sharing ideas and best practices, in the course forum. We were happy to see the incredible number of interesting student videos on solar energy systems from all over the world in the previous edition of this course.

Professor Smets was the first ever recipient of the edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions to Online Teaching and Learning. His previous online courses attracted over 150,000 students worldwide, who were inspired to take their first steps in the transition to renewable energy.

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Rating 4.8 based on 11 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 6 - 8 hours per week
Starts Aug 1 (last week)
Cost $50
From Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), DelftX via edX
Instructor Arno Smets
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Language English
Subjects Science Social Sciences
Tags Engineering Physics Science Health & Safety Electronics Energy & Earth Sciences Environmental Studies

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Rating 4.8 based on 11 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 6 - 8 hours per week
Starts Aug 1 (last week)
Cost $50
From Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), DelftX via edX
Instructor Arno Smets
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science Social Sciences
Tags Engineering Physics Science Health & Safety Electronics Energy & Earth Sciences Environmental Studies

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