Solar Cell Technology, 6 credits (TNE093)

Solcellsteknik, 6 hp

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Level

Second cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Amir Baranzahi

Director of studies or equivalent

Adriana Serban

Available for exchange students

Yes
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6MMSN Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Master's Programme 2 (Spring 2019) 2 3 Swedish/English Norrköping v
6CIEN Electronics Design Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 8 (Spring 2019) 2 3 Swedish/English Norrköping v
6CIEN Electronics Design Engineering, M Sc in Engineering (Emerging electronics) 8 (Spring 2019) 2 3 Swedish/English Norrköping v

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level

A1X

Course offered for

  • Master's Programme in Materials Science and Nanotechnology
  • Electronics Design Engineering, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Prerequisites

Semiconductor devices or equivalent

Intended learning outcomes

The purpose of this course is to give the student wide and i some parts deep knowledge of how solar cells work, designed and manufactured. What percentage of the solar energy is converted into electrical current and the properties of the solar cell and the sunlight that affect this. How to measure different solar cell's parameters and how to design a solar electricity system. After this course students should be able to:

  • describe how solar cells work, designed and manufactured.
  • calculate the solar cell's parameters such as fill factor, open circuit voltage, load current, output at maximum power point.
  • calculate the intensity of sunlight at Earth's surface under different conditions.
  • calculate the yield at different temperatures and light conditions.
  • to design a photovoltaic system for different applications and power needs.
  • describe different concepts such as partial shading, quantum efficiency, direct, diffuse and global lighting, effect of atmosphere on solar power, the influence of temperature on solar power and voltage.
  • describe the functions of charge controllers and inverters.
  • describe batteries characteristics and factors affecting the capacity and lifetime.

Course content

  • Sunlight properties: radiation and insolation, atmospheric, time and place effects
  • repetition of the pn junction
  • solar cell function. ideal solar cell, quantum efficiency, spectral response, solar cell parameters such as IV curve, open circuit voltage, short circuit current, fill factor, efficiency
  • Resistive effects: series and shunt resistances
  • Temperature and light intensity influence
  • Design in order to reduce reflection losses, recombination losses, shading effect.
  • Manufacture of Solar Cells: texturing front, anti-reflective coating, front side contact, backside contact.
  • Manufacturing of solar panels
  • Design and other system components, charge controllers, batteries, converters, cables

Teaching and working methods

Lectures, laboratory work and deepening work

Examination

TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 54 credits
UPG1Written and oral presentationU, G1 credits
LAB1Laboratory workU, G1 credits

Grades

Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Course literature

Lecture notes, power point slides, web based course material

Department

Institutionen för teknik och naturvetenskap

Director of Studies or equivalent

Adriana Serban

Examiner

Amir Baranzahi

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 44 h
Recommended self-study hours: 116 h

Course literature

Websites
UNSW, ASU, PV Education http://www.pveducation.org/pvcdrom
Compendiums
Amir Baranzahi, Properties of the Sun light

PDF version is available via Lisam

Websites

UNSW, ASU, PV Education http://www.pveducation.org/pvcdrom

Compendia

Amir Baranzahi, Properties of the Sun light

PDF version is available via Lisam

TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 4 credits
UPG1 Written and oral presentation U, G 1 credits
LAB1 Laboratory work U, G 1 credits

Course syllabus

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Timetabling

Courses are timetabled after a decision has been made for this course concerning its assignment to a timetable module. A central timetable is not drawn up for courses with fewer than five participants. Most project courses do not have a central timetable.

Interrupting a course

The vice-chancellor’s decision concerning regulations for registration, deregistration and reporting results (Dnr LiU-2015-01241) states that interruptions in study are to be recorded in Ladok. Thus, all students who do not participate in a course for which they have registered must record the interruption, such that the registration on the course can be removed. Deregistration from a course is carried out using a web-based form: www.lith.liu.se/for-studenter/kurskomplettering?l=sv. 

Cancelled courses

Courses with few participants (fewer than 10) may be cancelled or organised in a manner that differs from that stated in the course syllabus. The board of studies is to deliberate and decide whether a course is to be cancelled or changed from the course syllabus. 

Regulations relating to examinations and examiners 

Details are given in a decision in the university’s rule book: http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622678.

Forms of examination

Examination

Written and oral examinations are held at least three times a year: once immediately after the end of the course, once in August, and once (usually) in one of the re-examination periods. Examinations held at other times are to follow a decision of the board of studies.

Principles for examination scheduling for courses that follow the study periods:

  • courses given in VT1 are examined for the first time in March, with re-examination in June and August
  • courses given in VT2 are examined for the first time in May, with re-examination in August and October
  • courses given in HT1 are examined for the first time in October, with re-examination in January and August
  • courses given in HT2 are examined for the first time in January, with re-examination at Easter and in August.

The examination schedule is based on the structure of timetable modules, but there may be deviations from this, mainly in the case of courses that are studied and examined for several programmes and in lower grades (i.e. 1 and 2). 

  • Examinations for courses that the board of studies has decided are to be held in alternate years are held only three times during the year in which the course is given.
  • Examinations for courses that are cancelled or rescheduled such that they are not given in one or several years are held three times during the year that immediately follows the course, with examination scheduling that corresponds to the scheduling that was in force before the course was cancelled or rescheduled.
  • If teaching is no longer given for a course, three examination occurrences are held during the immediately subsequent year, while examinations are at the same time held for any replacement course that is given, or alternatively in association with other re-examination opportunities. Furthermore, an examination is held on one further occasion during the next subsequent year, unless the board of studies determines otherwise.
  • If a course is given during several periods of the year (for programmes, or on different occasions for different programmes) the board or boards of studies determine together the scheduling and frequency of re-examination occasions.

Registration for examination

In order to take an examination, a student must register in advance at the Student Portal during the registration period, which opens 30 days before the date of the examination and closes 10 days before it. Candidates are informed of the location of the examination by email, four days in advance. Students who have not registered for an examination run the risk of being refused admittance to the examination, if space is not available.

Symbols used in the examination registration system:

  ** denotes that the examination is being given for the penultimate time.

  * denotes that the examination is being given for the last time.

Code of conduct for students during examinations

Details are given in a decision in the university’s rule book: http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622682.

Retakes for higher grade

Students at the Institute of Technology at LiU have the right to retake written examinations and computer-based examinations in an attempt to achieve a higher grade. This is valid for all examination components with code “TEN” and "DAT". The same right may not be exercised for other examination components, unless otherwise specified in the course syllabus.

Retakes of other forms of examination

Regulations concerning retakes of other forms of examination than written examinations and computer-based examinations are given in the LiU regulations for examinations and examiners, http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622678.

Plagiarism

For examinations that involve the writing of reports, in cases in which it can be assumed that the student has had access to other sources (such as during project work, writing essays, etc.), the material submitted must be prepared in accordance with principles for acceptable practice when referring to sources (references or quotations for which the source is specified) when the text, images, ideas, data, etc. of other people are used. It is also to be made clear whether the author has reused his or her own text, images, ideas, data, etc. from previous examinations.

A failure to specify such sources may be regarded as attempted deception during examination.

Attempts to cheat

In the event of a suspected attempt by a student to cheat during an examination, or when study performance is to be assessed as specified in Chapter 10 of the Higher Education Ordinance, the examiner is to report this to the disciplinary board of the university. Possible consequences for the student are suspension from study and a formal warning. More information is available at https://www.student.liu.se/studenttjanster/lagar-regler-rattigheter?l=sv.

Grades

The grades that are preferably to be used are Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass not without distinction (4) and Pass with distinction (5). Courses under the auspices of the faculty board of the Faculty of Science and Engineering (Institute of Technology) are to be given special attention in this regard.

  1. Grades U, 3, 4, 5 are to be awarded for courses that have written examinations.
  2. Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) may be awarded for courses with a large degree of practical components such as laboratory work, project work and group work.

Examination components

  1. Grades U, 3, 4, 5 are to be awarded for written examinations (TEN).
  2. Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) are to be used for undergraduate projects and other independent work.
  3. Examination components for which the grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) may be awarded are laboratory work (LAB), project work (PRA), preparatory written examination (KTR), oral examination (MUN), computer-based examination (DAT), home assignment (HEM), and assignment (UPG).
  4. Students receive grades either Fail (U) or Pass (G) for other examination components in which the examination criteria are satisfied principally through active attendance such as other examination (ANN), tutorial group (BAS) or examination item (MOM).

The examination results for a student are reported at the relevant department.

Regulations (apply to LiU in its entirety)

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LiU’s rule book for education at first-cycle and second-cycle levels is available at http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/Innehall/Utbildning_pa_grund-_och_avancerad_niva. 

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