Solar Photovoltaics: Principles, Technologies & Materials

By Prof. Ashish Garg   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 1243
This course is an introductory course on solar photovoltaics materials and devices covering fundamentals of operation of solar cells, physics of semiconducting materials, P-N junction device characteristics in dark andlight. We will also discuss various solar photovoltaic technologies and their status with a brief discussion of the fabrication aspects of the devices. The course will also discuss the materials and technologies issues as well as device measurement techniques.

PREREQUISITES        : Basic Physics knowledge
INDUSTRY SUPPORT  : Most companies related to solar photovoltaics
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
  • Electronic Materials
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  :  Introduction and Solar radiation fundamentals
Week 2  :  Basic physics of semiconductors 
Week 3  :  Carrier transport, generation and recombination in semiconductors 
Week 4  :  Semiconductor junctions 
Week 5  :  Essential characteristics of solar photovoltaic devices 
Week 6  :  First Generation Solar Cells
Week 7  :  Second Generation Solar Cells 
Week 8  :  Third Generation Solar Cells 

Books and references

Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering. Eds. A. Luque and S. Hegedus, Wiley• The Physics of Solar Cells, Jenny Nelson, Imperial College Press• Thin Films Solar Cells, K.L. Chopra, McGraw Hill• Physics of Solar Cells: From Basic Principles to Advanced Concepts by Peter Wurfel• Photovolatics Materials by R.H. Bube

Instructor bio

Prof. Ashish Garg

IIT Kanpur
Ashish Garg is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur. Details of his research and teaching can be accessed on home.iitk.ac.in/~ashishg/

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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