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Course unit
INP5071677, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0528, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHOTOVOLTAIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FABRIZIO DUGHIERO ING-IND/31

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/31 Electrotechnics 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Prerequisites: Circut Theory and Electromagnetics
Electrical installations
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge about the main types of PV cells and modules
A deep knowldege abou the whole production chain of C-Si cells and modules: from polysilicon to the cell.
Knowledge about the thin-film modules production chain: a:Si, CdTe, CIS and CIGS
Design of a PV installation
To be aware about authorization procedures and laws and standards for the connection to the main grid.
Examination methods: Work project with final presentation. Multiple choice test, short questions and simple exercises. Oral discussion.
Assessment criteria: The score of the final test will be based on the completeness and degree of detail of responses and on the level of knowledge about theoretical aspects, including work project.
Course unit contents: Introduction to the class
The PV technology in the national and international contest.
The PV of first, second and third generation: affordability, costs and future perspectives.
Physics of solar cells: semiconductors properties, photovoltaic effect, PN junctiom recombination mechanisms of electron-hole couple,fundamentals of solar cell operation and modelling.
Main parameters of a solar cell: I-V curve, Filling factor, efficiency, spectral response.
The production chain of C-Si solar cells and its market.
Physical and chemical properties of silicon.
Polysilicon production: Siemens process, Union Carbide process, Elkem process.
UMG silicon production: costs, material properties, future perspectives.
Crystal growth processes: CZ and FZ for mono, DSS for multi.
Innovation in crystal growth: the quasi-mono casting process
Sqauring and wafering.
Production chain of C-si cells and modules.
Thinfilm production technologies: a:Si, CdTe, CIS and CIGS.
III-V solar cells with high efficiency
CPV – Concentration PV and the use of multijunction cells (brief introduction).
Charcterization of solar cells and modules
Design of grid-connected and satnd alon PV systems.
Feed in Tariff systems and incentives to PV.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching is carried out traditionally, also with the aid of powerpoint presentations and some video that are made available to students. Some laboratory experiences are offered to students.
It makes extensive use of moodle platform.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The study material is mainly made up of the slides used for lessons and texts prepared by the teacher.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • • Antonio Luque, Steven Hegedus, Handbook of photvoltaic science and engineering. --: John Wiley and Sons, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, --. --: --, --. • Fabrizio Dughiero, slide delle lezioni., --. Padova: Appunti preparati dal docente e resi disponibili, 2012.
  • • A. J. McEvoy, T. Markvart, e L. Castañer, A, Practical handbook of photovoltaics: fundamentals and applications. --: --, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, --. --: --, --. • AAVV, Appunti del docente. --: --, 2015