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Introduction to solar cells

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 2-3 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 5 weeks long

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How do solar cells work, why do we need, and how can we measure their efficiency? These are just some of the questions Introduction to solar cells tackles. Whether you are looking for general insight in this green technology or your ambition is to pursue a career in solar, “Introduction to Solar Cells” is an excellent starting point.

The course is a tour through the fundamental disciplines including solar cell history, why we need solar energy, how solar cells produce power, and how they work. During the course we cover mono- and multi-crystalline solar cells, thin film solar cells, and new emerging technologies. The course includes hands-on exercises using virtual instruments, interviews with field experts, and a comprehensive collection of material on solar cells.

At the end of the course you will have gained a fundamental understanding of the field. This will allow you to identify the most interesting or relevant aspects to be pursued in your future studies or in your professional career.

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Morten Vesterager Madsen

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Morten M
5.0 7 months ago
by Morten completed this course.
A great course with great emphasis on thorough explanations and a good balance between video and reading material. I really enjoyed the use of virtual instruments to enhance the learning experience.

I can highly recommend the course if you have an interest in solar cell technology. There are great resources available and the quiz feedback is truly helpful with relevant help and hints. A++
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Gisele B
5.0 8 months ago
by Gisele completed this course.
As the title specifies, it is an introduction to PV.

It doesn't go too deep into theory, but it does present an excellent overview of the current and new PV technologies, with their advantages and challenges.
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Kurt L
5.0 7 months ago
by Kurt completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course is very well executed. The professor is well spoken and easy to understand. During the course there is plenty of help and tips for all assignments.

I really liked the used of interactive elements to enhance learning.

Higly recommended.
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Anonymous
5.0 7 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course offers an excelent overview of the field of photovoltaics. The material is engaging and varied.

I can highly recommend the course.
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J. J
5.0 7 months ago
by J. completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Excellent course for stepping into solar engineering. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the subject before reaching for more advanced textbook publications or courses.
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Mikkel M
5.0 7 months ago
by Mikkel completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Great course covering solar cell history, technologies, physics and more. I liked the focused lectures with clear goals each week.

To sum up, the course is worthwhile and easily recommendable.
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John J
5.0 5 months ago
by John completed this course.
The course is really helpful for beginners as the basics are explained crystal clear. I highly enjoyed the content and gained valuable information from the brief overview of the advanced technologies in the field of solar cells.
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