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Introduction to Photovoltaics
( Konagai Makoto  )


Fri 1-2Session S323

Credits  Lecture:2  Exercise:0  Experiment:0 / code:55016
Update : 2012/12/28
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Outline of lecture
太陽電池の動作原理・設計,ならびに,現在,広く普及しているシリコン太陽電池の製造技術の基礎を学ぶ。また,将来の実用化を目指す先端的なシリコン太陽電池技術と薄膜太陽電池について,その基礎を学ぶ。
最後に太陽光発電システム設計の基本的な考え方を学ぶ。
Purpose of lecture
This lecture provides descriptions of the basic operating principles and design of solar cells, of the technology used currently to produce cells and the improved technology soon to be in operation, and of considerations of importance in the design of systems utilizing these cells.
Plan of lecture
1. Sunlight, solar cells and photovoltaics
Sunlight,solar cell operation and power generation principles, solar cell modules, photovoltaics roadmap

2. Review of semiconductor properties
Crystal structure, energy bandgap, electrons and holes, doping and Fermi-level, carrier transport

3. Generation, recombination, and the basic equations of device physics
Absorption of light, recombination processes, basic equations of semiconductor devices

4. pn junction
carrier injection, dark characteristics, illuminated characteristics, solar cell output parameters

5. Efficiency limits, losses, and measurement
Efficiency limits, effect of temperature, efficiency losses, efficiency measurement

6. Standard Silicon solar cell technology
Si wafers to solar cells, solar cells to solar cell modules

7. Improved Silicon solar cell technology
Back surface field, passivation technology, PERL cell

8. Thin film solar cells
Amorphous Si, nano-silicon, Cu(InGa)Se2

9. Other device structures
III-V compound, dye-sensitized cell, organic semiconductor cells
Textbook and reference
M.Green, ``Solar Cells, Operating Principles, Technology, and System Applications,'' Prentice-Hall Inc.
K.Takahashi and M.Konagai, ``Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells,'' North Oxford Academic.

Others may be specified as the need arises.
Related and/or prerequisite courses
Basic knowledge of semiconductors would be helpful.
Evaluation
Evaluation will be based on the term end examination and the exercises carried out during the classes.
Comments from lecturer
Exercise will be held as the need arises.
Supplement
[Office hours]
Anytime you can visit my office with permission by e-mail at konagai.m.aa@m.titech.ac.jp.

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