Solar Cell Fundamentals

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

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

Lecture Number/Topic Online Lecture Video Lecture Notes Supplemental Material Suggested Exercises
Solar Cells Lecture 3: Modeling and Simulation of Photovoltaic Devices and Systems View Flash View Notes (pdf) 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 1: Introduction to Photovoltaics View Flash View Notes (pdf) 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) 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 4: What is Different about Thin-Film Solar Cells? View Flash View Notes (pdf) 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) YouTube