Solar Energy, Certificate | Part time online | Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) | Netherlands
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Learn to design a complete photovoltaic system with this Solar Energy program at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).


Key facts

This Solar Energy course at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) introduces the technology that converts solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels with a main focus on electricity generation. Photovoltaic (PV) devices are presented as advanced semiconductor devices that deliver electricity directly from sunlight. The emphasis is on understanding the working principle of a solar cell, fabrication of solar cells, PV module construction and the design of a PV system. 

You will gain a greater understanding of the principles of the photovoltaic conversion- the conversion of light into electricity.

This course explores the advantages, limitations and challenges of different solar cell technologies, such as crystalline silicon solar cell technology, thin film solar cell technologies and the latest novel solar cell concepts as studied on lab-scale. We will discuss the specifications of solar modules and demonstrate how to design a complete solar system for any particular application.

Education Method

The class will consist of a collection of eight to twelve minute lecture videos, exercises, assignments and exams. Specified assignments and the three exams will determine the final grade. The new textbook on "Solar Energy, basics, technology and systems" from the Delft University of Technology will be available for the students on-line and free of charge.

Your course staff will encourage and challenge you to learn from, and interact with, your fellow students by helping each other and sharing ideas and best practices, in the course forum. We were happy to see the incredible number of interesting student videos on solar energy systems from all over the world in the previous edition of this course.

What you'll learn:

  • The various methods of converting solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels
  • The physical working principles of photovoltaic conversion in solar cells
  • How to recognize and describe the various solar cell technologies, their current status and future technological challenges
  • How to analyze the performance of solar cells and modules
  • How to design a complete photovoltaic system for any particular application on paper
The Solar Energy program is offered by the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).  

Programme Structure

Course Syllabus:

  • Week 1 - Solar Energy - Assignments 1
  • Week 2 - Working Principle of a Semiconductor based Solar Cell - Assignments 2
  • Week 3 - Solar Cell Operation, Performance and Design Rules - Exam 1
  • Week 4 - PV technology Based on Crystalline Silicon Wafers - Assignments 3
  • Week 5 - Thin-Film PV technologies - Assignments 4
  • Week 6 - Third Generation PV and Other Ways to Utilize Solar Energy - Exam 2
  • Week 7 - PV Systems - Components and Concepts - Assignments 5
  • Week 8 - PV Systems - Application and Design - Exam 3

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 2 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that runs on EdX. Basic knowledge of physics and mathematical skills such as integration and differentiation are preferred.

Tuition Fee

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