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Degree course track PHOTONICS [003PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHOTOVOLTAIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Information 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 NICOLA TRIVELLIN ING-INF/01

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/22 Science and Technology of Materials 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 A.A. 2019/2020 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 TRIVELLIN NICOLA (Presidente)
FORZAN MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
4 A.A. 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 DUGHIERO FABRIZIO (Presidente)
FORZAN MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Electrical engineering
Electrical installations
Target skills and knowledge: Know the fundamentals of semiconductor physics allowing the operation of photovoltaic devices.
Understand the construction technologies of different types of photovoltaic cells and modules
In-depth knowledge of the production chain of crystalline silicon cells and modules: from the mono - polysilicon to the cell.
Know the production processes of thin film modules: a: Si, CdTe, CIS and CIGS.
Knowing how to design a photovoltaic system.
Know the Italian legislation on photovoltaic incentives.
Examination methods: Group project. Report on practical activities (laboratory). Multiple choice test, open questions and simple exercises. Oral discussion of the written test and the project.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on knowledge assessment of the theoretical topics and on the completeness of the answers to the questions and relative oral exam, group project and the report on practical activities are included into the evaluation.
Course unit contents: Contenuti: Introduction to the course
Greenhouse effect and main greenhouse gases, impact of fossil energy sources.
Photovoltaic technology in the national and international energy landscape
Photovoltaic roadmap, performance, costs and future prospects
The physics of the solar cell: Fundamental properties of the semiconductors, the photoelectric effect, the PN junction, mechanisms of recombination of the gaps-electron pairs, theoretical foundations of the functioning of a solar cell.
Fundamentals of optics: Snell's law, reflectivity, absorption and diffractive effects (Anti reflection coating).
Basic parameters of a solar cell: I-V characteristic, fill factor, efficiency, spectral response etc.
The silicon cell production chain
Production technologies and the characteristics of photovoltaic modules.
Performance calculation of photovoltaic modules and arrays in different conditions of use.
Photovoltaic systems: design and sizing of grid-connected and island photovoltaic systems.
The current silicon market for photovoltaic applications
Fundamental properties of silicon
Polysilicon production: Siemens process, Union Carbide process, Elkem process
UMG silicon production: costs, material characteristics, prospects for the future.
Growth processes: CZ for monocrystalline and DSS for multicrystalline. The FZ process.
Innovative growth processes: mono-like casting
Wafering techniques: squaring and wafering with wire saws and prospects for diamond wire saws
The production process of cells and modules on crystalline silicon substrate.
Thin film technology: amorphous silicon, CdTe, CIS and CIGS, nanocrystalline silicon
Production processes of thin film modules with particular reference to the most widespread technologies: Amorphous silicon and CdTe.
High performance III-V type cells.
Concentrated photovoltaic systems (outline).
The use of multi-junction cells in solar concentrations.
Measurement and characterization of cells and modules.
Outline of the FIT system for the incentive of photovoltaic systems.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching is done by means of traditional lectures, powerpoint slides used during the course and videos will be made available to the students.
The course includes some practical lessons. The lessons will be held in the classroom or in the laboratory depending on the number of students.
The moodle platform is used for the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The study material consists mainly of the slides used for the lessons and the notes provided by the teacher
F. Bignucolo, F. Dughiero, P. Sgarbossa, E. Sieni, Photovoltaic Technologies, from cell to plant, Lecture notes, 2016
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Chenming Calvin Hu, Modern Semiconductor Devices for Integrated Circuits. Berkeley: University of California, 1983. (Free Download)
  • Luque, Antonio; Hegedus, Steven, Handbook of photovoltaic Science and Engineeringedited by Antonio Luque and Steven Hegedus. Chichester: Wiley, 2111. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Chenming Calvin Hu, From Basics to Advanced Systems,. Berkeley: University of California, --. (Free Download)
  • A. J. McEvoy, S. Kalogirou, McEvoy's, Fundamentals and Applications Practical handbook of photovoltaics: fundamentals and applications.. 3a edizione: Academic Press, 2017.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean Energy Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Sustainable Cities and Communities Climate Action