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pre111 - Photovoltaic Physics (Complete module description)
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Module label Photovoltaic Physics
Module code pre111
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Faculty/Institute Institute of Physics
Used in course of study
  • Master's Programme Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy (Master) >
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Skills to be acquired in this module

After successful completion of the module students should be able to:

-        describe schematically the events around the pn-junction under bias in the dark and under illumination

-        calculate the width of the space charge region

-        use solar cell data sheets in their professional career

-        discuss the concepts of solar cell materials, design and optimization
-        choose a PV technology for a given project

Module contents

This specialization module covers the physics of photovoltaics. The behaviour of solar cells is discussed from a fundamental physical point of view to explain the differences in performance and limits of various photovoltaic materials. Students learn how solar cells function, are designed and optimized.

Physical Basics of Photovoltaics (Lecture & Exercises ‑ 180 h workload)

-        Optical and electronical properties of semiconductors, light absorption

-        Charge carrier generation/recombination/life time

-        Charge carrier transport across the pn-junction in equilibrium and under light and voltage bias,

-        Transport equations,

-        Current-voltage characteristics, efficiency

-        Quantum efficiency

-        Design concepts to optimize the efficiency
-        Overview of the most important PV technologies

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Languages of instruction German, English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel BC (Basiscurriculum / Base curriculum)
Modullevel ---
Modulart Wahlpflicht / Elective
Modulart je nach Studiengang Pflicht oder Wahlpflicht
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Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload attendance
Lecture 2.00 SuSe and WiSe 28 h
Exercises 2.00 SuSe and WiSe 28 h
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module