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pre111 - Photovoltaic Physics (Complete module description)
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Module label Photovoltaic Physics
Modulkürzel pre111
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Sustainable Renewable Energy Technologies (Master) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
Gütay, Levent (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Knecht, Robin (Prüfungsberechtigt)
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

Languages of instruction German, English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level BC (Basiscurriculum / Base curriculum)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 SoSe und WiSe 28
Exercises 2 SoSe und WiSe 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
1 Prüfungsleistung: Fachpraktische Übungen (max. 8)