Solar Cells

As of January 1, 2022 this course is no longer available, but it is still recognized by Stanford University as a part of the Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies (EIET) Program. If you would like to learn more about solar cells and their impact on the future of the energy industry, then we suggest you enroll in XEIET100 Clean, Renewable Energy & Storage for a Sustainable Future, and XEIET237 Transforming the Grid.

Photovoltaic cells (also known as solar cells) are used to generate electricity in residential, commercial, utility and off-grid sectors. The latest advances in photovoltaic technology provide a fascinating discovery of how solar cells work.

This course compares silicon, cadmium telluride, copper indium gallium selenide, gallium arsenide, organic, dye-sensitized and multifunction solar cells.

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