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Analysis of Solar Photovoltaic Devices

Learn about the analysis of solar photovoltaic devices in the dark and under light with this free online course.

Engineering
Free Course
This free online solar photovoltaic devices course introduces you to the basics of P-N junctions, and the various characteristics of P-N junctions. Start this course today and you will learn about P-N junction analysis in dark and P-N junction analysis under illumination or light, as well as circuit representation of solar cells, the evolution of solar PV technologies, design considerations in solar PV technologies, and reducing parasitic losses.
  • Duration

    5-6 Hours
  • Assessment

    Yes
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Publisher

    NPTEL

Description

Modules

Outcome

Certification

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Description

This free online course will introduce you to the basics solar photovoltaic devices both in the dark and under illumination or light. The course begins by introducing you to P-N junctions and their characteristics. You'll learn about the effects of bias on P-N junctions, as well as gain an understanding of the dark analysis of P-N junctions, the change in the curvature of the carrier density and the change in potential in P-N junctions.

Next, the course introduces you to the boundary conditions for P-N junctions, how to combine current yields in P-N junctions, photo-current and efficiency of P-N junctions in special cases, device characteristics, and effects of irradiation. It also teaches you about circuit representation of solar cells, the design considerations in solar PV technologies, how to improve light absorption in P-N junctions, and reducing parasitic losses in P-N junction devices.

If you are interested in becoming a solar power engineer, or working in the solar power industry then this is the course for you. Start the course today and learn how solar photovoltaic devices function in the dark and under illumination or light.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:


  • Identify the differences between P-type ans N-type semi-conductors
  • Discuss the analysis of P-N junctions in the dark
  • Examine the basic equations and assumptions in the quantitative treatment of P-N junctions
  • Identify the minority carrier equation and the total current in a P-N junction
  • Examine the I-V characteristics of a P-N junction
  • Identify the depletion regions of P-N junctions in dark and in light
  • Discuss a detailed analysis of P-N junctions in light or under illumination
  • Examine the three evolution of solar PV technologies
  • Identify the primary forms in which silicon is usually presented: mono silicon, poly silicon and amorphous silicon

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