autumn 2020
FYS-8028 Solar energy and energy storage - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 08.05.2020

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: September 1st for autumn semester and February 1st for spring semester.

Application deadline for other applicants: June 1st for autumn semester and December 1st for spring semester. Application code 9303 in Søknadsweb. 


Type of course

To take PhD courses you need to have at least a master's degree or equivalent. PhD students at UiT The Arctic University of Norway register for the course through StudentWeb . Registrations for the spring semester starts December 1st, unless an earlier date is specified in the application deadline.  External applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Registrations for the spring semester starts October 1st.  All external applicants have to attach a confirmation of their status as a PhD student from their home institution. Students who hold a Master of Science degree, but are not yet enrolled as a PhD-student have to attach a copy of their master's degree diploma. These students are also required to pay the semester fee.  More information regarding PhD courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology is found here.

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian Master of Science degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that there are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list:http://www.nokut.no/Documents/NOKUT/Artikkelbibliotek/Utenlandsk_utdanning/GSUlista/2016/GSU_list_English_14112016.pdf

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries

 

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:https://uit.no/Content/254419/PhD_EnglishProficiency_100913.pdf

Proficiency in english - PhD level studies

 

PhD students at UiT The Arctic University of Norway register for the course through StudentWeb . Registrations for the spring semester starts December 1st, unless an earlier date is specified in the application deadline.  External applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Registrations for the spring semester starts October 1st. More information regarding PhD courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology is found here.


Course content

The course will teach the student technologies that convert solar energy into electricity and heat with a main focus on electricity generation. The student will learn how various materials harvest solar energy on a nanoscale all the way to how to design complete solar energy systems and importantly, how the energy can be stored. The course includes compulsory experimental and simulation lab work on central solar energy and energy storage aspects.

Solar energy density, availability, time and angle dependency and spectral characteristics will be shown as well as absorption and emission of electromagnetic radiation from different materials. 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. The student will understand the principles of the photovoltaic conversion, the conversion of light into electricity. The student will learn about the advantages, limitations and challenges of existing solar cell technologies as well as the latest novel solar cell concepts found in R&D labs. Suitable semiconductor materials, device physics, and fabrication and measurement techniques of solar cells are presented. The course will show the student how to design a complete solar system for any particular application.

For intermittent energy sources like solar energy to be widespread, successful and game changing it is crucial to have good energy storage possibilities. These storages do need to have large capacities as well as having a very fast response time. Existing and future energy storage approaches of intermittent energy will be thoroughly discussed and presented.  Lastly, cost aspects, market development and application areas of solar cells and solar thermal collectors will be presented.  


Recommended prerequisites

FYS-2000 Quantum mechanics, MAT-2200 Differential Equations, MAT-2201 Numerical Methods

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The student can:

  • in depth understand the various concepts to convert solar energy in to electricity and heat
  • explain the physical working principles of photovoltaic conversion in solar cells
  • recognize and describe the various solar cell technologies, their current status and future technological challenges
  • understand the challenges of intermittent energy and how to feasibly store the energy
  • more detailed knowledge about the solid state physics behind photoelectric effect

Skills - The student can:

  • analyze the performance of solar cells and modules
  • on paper design complete photovoltaic systems including energy storage capacities
  • obtain knowledge about the research and development progress of solar energy applications and how to critically assess new scientific findings within the area
  • be able to use solar energy simulation programs in order to design and optimize solar energy systems

General expertise - The student can:

  • express a good communication skill in scientific writing
  • incorporate current events and new scientific information into a critical thinking
  • communicate solar energy theories, problem descriptions and solutions

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures. 40 hours

Exercises: 24 hours


Assessment

Portfolio assessment of up to 4 assignments counting about 30 % and a final 4 hour written examination counting about 70 %. All modules in the portfolio are assessed as a whole and one combined grade is given.

Assessment scale: Pass - Fail

Re-sit examination (section 22): There is no access to a re-sit examination in this course.

Postponed examination (sections 17 and 21): Students with valid grounds for absence will be offered a postponed examination. Postponed assignments are arranged during the semester if possible, otherwise early in the following semester. Postponed final examination is held early in the following semester.

See indicated sections in "Regulations for examinations at the University of Tromsø" for more information. Coursework requirements Access to the final examination requires submission of up to 4 assignments.


Schedule

Course overlap

FYS-3028 Solar energy and energy storage 8 stp
  • Om emnet
  • Studiested: Tromsø |
  • Studiepoeng: 10
  • Emnekode: FYS-8028