Solar Cell Fundamentals

By Mark Lundstrom1, J. L. Gray1, Muhammad A. Alam1

1. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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Solar Cells Lecture 1: Introduction to Photovoltaics View Flash View Notes (pdf?c61c5cb73ef07703ec55b08c2f7bd4c4=1) YouTube
An introduction to solar cells covering the basics of PN junctions, optical absorption, and IV characteristics. Key technology options and economic considers are briefly presented.

Solar Cells Lecture 2: Physics of Crystalline Solar Cells View Flash View Notes (pdf?c61c5cb73ef07703ec55b08c2f7bd4c4=1) YouTube
Solar cell performance is determined by generation and recombination of electron-hole pairs. This tutorial focussing on recombination losses in crystalline silicon solar cells under...

Solar Cells Lecture 3: Modeling and Simulation of Photovoltaic Devices and Systems View Flash View Notes (pdf?c61c5cb73ef07703ec55b08c2f7bd4c4=1) YouTube
Modeling and simulation play an important role in designing and optimizing PV systems. This tutorial is a broad overview of the topic including a look at detailed, numerical device simulation.

Solar Cells Lecture 4: What is Different about Thin-Film Solar Cells? View Flash View Notes (pdf?c61c5cb73ef07703ec55b08c2f7bd4c4=1) YouTube
Thin film solar cells promise acceptable efficiency at low cost. This tutorial examines the device physics of thin-film solar cells, which generally require a different type of analysis...

Solar Cells Lecture 5: Organic Photovoltaics View Flash View Notes (pdf?c61c5cb73ef07703ec55b08c2f7bd4c4=1) YouTube