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ENEE489I Solar Energy Conversion

Course Description: This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of energy conversion processes from solar illumination. The beginning of the course will focus on traditional topics including photovoltaic solar cells and solar thermal devices. We will discuss thermodynamic limits, device physics, and the optics and photonics of such devices. The latter part course will focus on future generation techniques, including multijunction and multi-exciton generation, as well as more speculative conversion processes, such as rectifying antennas.

Prerequisite(s): MATH241, MATH246, PHYS270/271, ENEE313, and ENEE381

Corequisite(s): None

Course Objectives:

  • Students will learn analytical and numerical techniques to determine pwoer conversion efficiency for various design architectures adn technologies, including Si, III-V, II-VI, and preovskite materials