FYS-3028 Solar energy and energy storage - 10 ECTS
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.
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
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
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
This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements. Please see the Admission requirements' section.
Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: https://en.uit.no/education/art?p_document_id=510412
|School exam||23.11.2022 09:00
||4 Hours||A–E, fail F|
To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:
|Mandatory assignments||Approved – not approved|
- About the course
- Campus: Tromsø |
- ECTS: 10
- Course code: FYS-3028
- Responsible unit
- Institutt for fysikk og teknologi
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