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In the third edition of Solar Energy, you will learn to design a complete photovoltaic system. This course introduces the technology that converts solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels with a main focus on electricity generation. Photovoltaic (PV) devices are presented as advanced semiconductor devices that deliver electricity directly from sunlight. The emphasis is on understanding the working principle of a solar cell, fabrication of solar cells, PV module construction and the design of a PV system. You will gain a greater understanding of the principles of the photovoltaic conversion— the conversion of light into electricity. This course explores the advantages, limitations and challenges of different solar cell technologies, such as crystalline silicon solar cell technology, thin film solar cell technologies and the latest novel solar cell concepts as studied on lab-scale. We will discuss the specification...

In the third edition of Solar Energy, you will learn to design a complete photovoltaic system. This course introduces the technology that converts solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels with a main focus on electricity generation. Photovoltaic (PV) devices are presented as advanced semiconductor devices that deliver electricity directly from sunlight. The emphasis is on understanding the working principle of a solar cell, fabrication of solar cells, PV module construction and the design of a PV system. You will gain a greater understanding of the principles of the photovoltaic conversion— the conversion of light into electricity. This course explores the advantages, limitations and challenges of different solar cell technologies, such as crystalline silicon solar cell technology, thin film solar cell technologies and the latest novel solar cell concepts as studied on lab-scale. We will discuss the specifications of solar modules and demonstrate how to design a complete solar system for any particular application.

Education Method

The class will consist of a collection of eight to twelve minute lecture videos, exercises, assignments and exams. Specified assignments and the three exams will determine the final grade. The new textbook on “Solar Energy, basics, technology and systems” from the Delft University of Technology will be available for the students on-line and free of charge. Your course staff will encourage and challenge you to learn from, and interact with, your fellow students by helping each other and sharing ideas and best practices, in the course forum. We were happy to see the incredible number of interesting student videos on solar energy systems from all over the world in the previous edition of this course. 

Professor Smets was the first ever recipient of the edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions to Online Teaching and Learning. His previous online courses attracted over 150,000 students worldwide, who were inspired to take their first steps in the transition to renewable energy. 


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The course materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) 4.0 International License.

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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 6 months ago
The subject will create a revolution as it is the requirement of the time. I found this course and specially Prof. Arno very inspiring. He has inspired me to work ahead in PV cells and currently I am working on Plasmonics and nanostructures for efficiency enhancement of solar cells. I hope one day solar cells will replace the fossil fuels completely.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
As an employee in the field I can say that the course is very thorough. The Professor is very clear and the concepts that were introduced ranged from the most basic to the latest technology in the field. I warmly recommend it to anyone interested in this exciting field!
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 3 months ago
Loved this course. Passionate instructor, clear explanations and interesting and challenging assignments. I am interested in entering the solar energy industry and this course is giving me an opportunity to learn about the latest technology.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 6 months ago
I am from Nigeria where there is always intense sunlight but we do not enjoy electricity for 24hours. Knowledge of this will be of great important to me. I really need it for the people in my country
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3 years, 6 months ago
I strongly follow Sustainable Development and also believe that Solar energy is the need of tomorrow. Thus its the right time to learn about these sustainable technologies and get a chance to be a part of the future revolution.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
I am interested to learn about solar energy do you accept senior student? When is the next enrollment thanks
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3 years, 11 months ago
I would really like to enroll but I can´t find any information on when does the next one starts, really looking forward to this, I am really interested.
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3 years, 11 months ago
The contents is very rich. However when is the next enrollment in 2016. I will love to participate. I want to know the working of solar energy.
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3 years, 11 months ago
please, I would like to know when you will star with the next session, looking forward to hearing from you sincerely
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3 years, 12 months ago
I can see only the slides.Are there any videos for this lecture or only slide? Greatly confused
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4 years ago
This Course as it claims is an introductory course, but it does provide some Deep insights into the contemporary solar tech and its prospects, the best part of this course is the way prof.Smets starts from the most conspicous of concepts like the sun,Solar system etc., and build up the concepts upto to the manufacture of 3rd gen solar cells and their deployments into modules keeping in mind their environomental and ecenomical aspects. After doing this course you'll definitely end up appreciating the merits of going Solar. It motivated me so much that i'm now seriously considering doing my masters in Energy engg albeit being an electronics and comm. enggineering major in undergraduation.
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4 years, 1 month ago
This course for me it's a dream come true. I had the opportunity of attending a workshop in Abuja, Nigeria on using technology in teaching in higher education. One of the resource persons mentioned edx and what its all about. When I checked it out I saw this Sola energy course, something I have been looking for a long time. I have completed the course, five assignments and three exams. Am now looking forward to receiving a verified certificate. Hopefully I will leverage the lessons and skills acquired to launch my solar energy career. I will recommend this course to anybody wishing to start or improve his skills on this subject.
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10/10 starsDropped
4 years, 2 months ago
I thought this course was extremely informative and was everything it was hyped up to be. The explanations provided by the instructor were very well done. Unfortunately, I had to drop this class due to issues with life, but will be taking it next time around if/when it is offered again. I would recommend this course highly.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 9 months ago
Very good. meets
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years ago
This course will serve big knowledge on requirements of nowadays because solar energy is a great developing area. I found this course very helpful in increasing my knowledge in this field because I am an electrical engineering student so this really matters to me. This course ware will give you the deepest knowledge in this field that you will be able to make your own solar PV systems. I have successfully completed this course with verified certificate and i am proud of it. But one thing is to be kept in mind that you should have good power over physics and mathematics otherwise this course will be tough for you.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 3 months ago
Rajnikant Borkar (INDIA) As student of material science, this course will give us an opportunity to learn the practical aspects and challenges of solar voltaic technology. During our lab work, we don't come across the designing part of this work, therefore this course provide us an insight platform to understand and learn this technology from household to mass application.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 3 months ago
A compact and perfect way to learn. This course covers main and principal subjects required to become a part of modern energy society!
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5 years, 3 months ago
Estou muito ansioso para começar o curso, sei que será de muita ajuda, para ingressar no mercado de trabalho
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5 years, 3 months ago
i am an architect. I am very interested to take this course. It will help me understand the basics of photovoltaic and guide me to analyze and design the system.
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5 years, 3 months ago
i am very anxious to take this course. i am an architect and i guess this will help me a lot to understand the PV analysis and design.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 3 months ago
I am making solar cell for the last 7years in. Want to enrich my knowledge for future developments in solar technology.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 3 months ago
Must start this course as soon as possible.I am 63 but very interested in the modern technology which is environment friendly.Hope to see you all as the study begins.
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5 years, 3 months ago
I watched the video and I'm looking forward to starting the course. I wish the one who made negative comments about the language skills of the lecturer to be as fluent as him in any other language! My mother tongue is French, so my English isn't perfect either. But I can speak Dutch, German, and Thai too...
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
the subject is need of the time.world is moving fast towards alternate sources of energy and solar energy is going to bring revolution to the alternate energy solutions
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
It's good to find something you have lost in my country because of the physical conditions that I passed Thank you for giving me the hope to learn from the new I'm from Egypt and thank you
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5 years, 5 months ago
olá sou do brasil, estou muito interessado em realizar esse curso. gostaria que o curso desse um priorizada nas legendas para português BR. para facilitar o entendimento do curso.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
I am from India and an architect.Today's grid power costs are going up each day and as we receive plenty of sunshine, solar energy will really serve a great deal to our society. I think this course will be very useful to understand the technology and then use my experience in design to create something which can be affordable, user-friendly and economical for everyone, maybe even free, who knows. Really looking forward to this course. All the best!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
My enthusiasm is that the cost of SPV has costly due to manufacturing of SPV through Silicon. why the scientist and the other are not doing research on making SPV through Organic materials where cost will reduce exponentially. please do consider my view.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
This is no really a review. I am currently undertaking Delft's Next Generation Infrastructures. There will be a second part of the course in September run at the samt time as the Solar one. I will have to choose one over the other. It would have been better to start the Solar course after the end of the infrastructures or vice versa.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 6 months ago
Great course, Prof.Arno is very clear with all the concepts. A very joyful course but at the same time a rigorous and fun!
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