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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Solar Energy - Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Conversion programme in collaboration with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) - DelftX. Understand how solar cells generate electricity. Learn about semiconductor physics and optics required to design and manufacture solar cells.


The Solar Energy - Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Conversion course is part of the Solar Energy Engineering MicroMasters Program from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) - DelftX.  

In this course you will learn how photovoltaic cells convert solar energy into useable electricity. You will also discover how to tackle potential loss mechanisms in solar cells. By understanding the semiconductor physics and optics involved, you will develop in-depth knowledge of how a photovoltaic cell works under different conditions. 

You will learn how to model all aspects of a working solar cell. For engineers and scientists working in the photovoltaic industry, this course is an absolute must to understand the opportunities for solar cell innovation.

This course is part of the Solar Energy Engineering MicroMasters Program designed to cover all physics and engineering aspects of photovoltaics: photovoltaic energy conversion, technologies and systems.

We recommend that you complete this course prior to taking the other courses in this MicroMasters program.  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 77 days
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      11 weeks

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

What you'll learn:

  • The principles behind the potential loss mechanisms in photovoltaic devices
  • The semiconductor physics necessary to understand solar cell performance and engineering
  • The optics and light management tools necessary for optimal solar cell design
  • To model all aspects of a working solar cell, understanding the efficiency limits and design rules

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering or the successful completion of TU Delft’s MOOC Solar Energy.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    250 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 250 USD for the full programme and a duration of 77 days.
  • National Applies to you

    250 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 250 USD for the full programme and a duration of 77 days.
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