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Photovoltaic solar energy, École Polytechnique

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About this Course

The course is an introduction to the photovoltaic (PV) applications in the general mix energetic context dominated by climate warming mitigation. The various uses of solar energy are firstly presented before a short description of the principle of the direct solar photon conversion into electricity (PV). The various PV technologies are reviewed in the current context dominated by crystalline silicon cells. The perspectives of the various technologies are then analysed in terms of R&D investments. From a more scientific point of view the basis of the solar cell operation is presented from the solar spectrum characteristics. The fundamentals of PV conversion are summarized. In particular the various sources of the conversion efficiency limitations are reviewed. The solar PV systems, from cells to grids, are also addressed, with a particular emphasis on the challenges of grid-integration of PV and the development of storage technologies. The environmental and social impacts of PV are compared to the competing energy sources. Generally PV is at advantage as referred to other fossil or renewable sources. Finally the fast evolution of economics and financing of PV is presented together with the current key players, mostly Asian companies....
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17 Reviews


Jan 25, 2019

Too much graphs but really interesting. I would like to see an example to creat an autonomous

By Javaid Ahmad Reshi

Jan 22, 2019

The course was good

By TEP Pungratanak

Jan 18, 2019

This course provides me a practical knowledge on photovoltaic system. Global perspective on energy production is briefly introduced. Participant should have a basic to pass this course. To sum up, i like this course.

By Aayush Toshniwal

Nov 13, 2018


By Gibran Dantas de Melo Lula

Oct 24, 2018

every good

By Tiago Melito

Oct 16, 2018

Course has great content and many historical information regarding PV solar energy, providing a great kick-off for people who are starting to study this field. On the other hand, there are too many graphs/info and few examples considering the course overall duration, becoming distant or confusing when we try to imagine real applications. Negative point is the lack of staff support at Discussion Foruns, in addition to errors in questions that were never corrected.

By Daniel Henrique Nogueira Dantas

Oct 12, 2018

Some questions have problems and it needs more exercises


Jun 21, 2018

More support to the students would have been appreciated

By Richard Kouzes

Jun 03, 2018

interesting content

By Adrian Hinojos-Ruiz

May 14, 2018

The course was good but the quizzes I felt were incomplete. Overall, I recommend the course.