From feedstock to photovoltaic modules – you will grasp a wide array of most commonly used photovoltaic technology. Learn about the whole process – from the physical basics to the latest industrial standards. This course covers the following topics:
- Fabrication of Mono and Multi – Crystalline Silicon Wafers
- Reduction of Quartz to Silicon
- Crystallisation and Wafering
- Aluminium Backed Surface Field (Al-BSF) Solar Cells
- Passivated Emitter and Rear Solar Cell (PERC)
- Manufacturing Technologies for PERC and Al-BSF Solar Cells
- Mass Scale Machinery for Cleaning, Texturing, Oxidation, Diffusion, Layer Deposition, Structuring, Metallisation, and Characterisation
- Cell Interconnection
- Encapsulation and Cover Material
- Nominal Power and Efficiency
- Introduction to BIPV and BAPV
- E-learning via online video lectures, readings, exercises, and online meetings with tutors and lecturers. Important questions regarding content or organization are asked and answered in the course forum.
- Written exams with online supervision
After successful completion of CAS students should be able to:
- Understand the conventional fabrication route for solar cell wafers from quartz sand.
- Differentiate mono- and multi-crystalline silicon in respect to production technology, cost, and material properties.
- Assess the current trends and possible alternatives to the conventional wafer fabrications
- Describe the Al-BSF and the PERC solar cell concepts.
- Understand the conventional process sequence of industrial solar cell fabrication.
- Assess demands of mass-scale fabrication of PERC solar cells.
- Do an economic evaluation of production sequences.
- Interpret Solar Module Electrical Properties.
- Examine Cell to Module Power and Efficiency.
- Distinguish and compare different types of solar modules.
- Outline the fabrication steps of solar modules.