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Photovoltaic solar energy

The course is an introduction to the photovoltaic (PV) applications in the general mix energetic context dominated by climate warming mitigation. The various uses of solar energy are firstly presented before a short description of the principle of the direct solar photon conversion into electricity (PV). The various PV technologies are reviewed in the current context dominated by crystalline silicon cells. The perspectives of the various technologies are then analysed in terms of R&D investments. From a more scientific point of view the basis of the solar cell operation is presented from the solar spectrum characteristics. The fundamentals of PV conversion are summarized. In particular the various sources of the conversion efficiency limitations are reviewed. The solar PV systems, from cells to grids, are also addressed, with a particular emphasis on the challenges of grid-integration of PV and the development of storage technologies. The environmental and social impacts of PV are compared to the competing energy sources. Generally PV is at advantage as referred to other fossil or renewable sources. Finally the fast evolution of economics and financing of PV is presented together with the current key players, mostly Asian companies.

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Rating 4.0 based on 47 ratings
Length 4 weeks
Effort Typically 3 weeks with 2 hours per week
Starts Mar 22 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From École Polytechnique, École Polytechnique via Coursera
Instructors Pr. Bernard Drevillon, Erik Johnson
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Language English
Subjects Engineering
Tags Physical Science And Engineering Electrical Engineering

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though to follow and to ansewer the quiz of week 1, it was a good course Good course, basics of Photovoltaics are well discussed pretty hard to understand the english....

Learned a lot in a very short time.One speaker has an extremely strong accent, sometimes hard to understand.

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Online course on "Photovoltaic Solar Energy" is a good introductory course on Solar PV systems.

I wasted 1 week on this, A MOOC that is really technical and scientifical and that gives a lot of notions about solar energy and renewables energies in general.

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Some questions have problems and it needs more exercises More support to the students would have been appreciated interesting content very good This is a good introductory course on Photovoltaics, however, I believe much more explanation is required for the topics.

Assignment and tests are very good.

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Amazing every good Course has great content and many historical information regarding PV solar energy, providing a great kick-off for people who are starting to study this field.

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5* Its a really good course.

But overall, it was a really good course.

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Rating 4.0 based on 47 ratings
Length 4 weeks
Effort Typically 3 weeks with 2 hours per week
Starts Mar 22 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From École Polytechnique, École Polytechnique via Coursera
Instructors Pr. Bernard Drevillon, Erik Johnson
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Engineering
Tags Physical Science And Engineering Electrical Engineering

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