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Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics (CAS)

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. The CAS Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics consists of six courses:

  • Feedstock and Crystallisation (2 ECTS)
  • Silicon Solar Cells- Structure and Analysis (2 ECTS)
  • Solar Cell Production Technology (2 ECTS)
  • Silicon Module – Technology and Reliability (2 ECTS)
  • Solar Modules: An Overview (2 ECTS)
  • Building Integrated Photovoltaics (2 ECTS)
  • You understand the conventional fabrication route for solar cell wafers from quartz sand
  • You distinguish mono- and multi-crystalline silicon w.r.t. production technology, cost, material
  • You describe the Al-BSF and the PERC solar cell concepts
  • You perform an economic evaluation of production sequences

Termine / Veranstaltungsort / Kosten

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Veranstalter und Veranstaltungsort

Veranstalter

University of Freiburg
Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering - INATECH

Veranstaltungsort

Online

Zielgruppe und Voraussetzungen

Zielgruppe

Working professionals with:
  • Existing knowledge of the energy sector
  • Professional experience in the photovoltaic industry

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen

  • Eagerness to study with some of the most experienced solar energy instructors and leaders of the world.
  • Academic level English proficiency.
  • Bachelor’s degree (or similar) or professional diploma in relevant fields

Zulassungsunterlagen

  • Application form (must be filled out on a computer and signed with applicant's original signature.)
  • Short curriculum vitae with a presentation of professional career in English
  • Diplomas and degrees (in English or German - translated by a sworn translator) – if available

Inhalte und Lernziele

Inhalte

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

Ablauf

  • 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

Lernziele

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.

Format, Abschluss, Qualitätssicherung

Lehr- / Lernformat

Online

Zeitaufwand

360 hours (Lehrveranstaltungen + Selbststudium)

Creditpoints (ECTS)

12

Sprache

English

Termine und Fristen

Der aktuelle Kurs hat bereits begonnen. Neue Termine werden online bekanntgegeben.

Dozent*innen

Dr. Martin Schubert
Head of Department “Characterization and Simulation” at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Glunz
Director of the Division “Photovoltaics – Research” at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and professor at the Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering of the University of Freiburg.

Dr. Ralf Preu
Director of the Division Photovoltaics – Production Technology and lecturer of photovoltaics at the University of Freiburg since 2008.

Dr. Harry Wirth
Director of the Division "Photovoltaic Modules, Systems and Reliability" at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.

Dr. Holger Neuhaus
Head of Department Module Technology at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.

Dr. Tilman Kuhn
Head of Group “Solar Building Envelopes”, Deputy Head of Department “Energy Efficient Buildings” at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.

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José Kemerer
Receiving a degree from an all-time leading country in Solar Energy Technology is a privilege - that anyone who knows the field- would be looking forward to. The expertise of our professors from Uni Freiburg and Fraunhofer is palpable and reassuring.
Gustavo Cedeño
This program offers access to state-of-the-art technology at the Fraunhofer Institute, knowledge from top experts in the field, combined with a great supporting team! An experience you wouldn’t find somewhere else.
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