MIT Energy Initiative
Energy Classes at MIT

Fundamentals of Photovoltaics

Meets Energy Minor Requirements

Elective

Instructor

Class Number

2.627

Level

Undergraduate

Term

Fall

Description

Fundamentals of photoelectric conversion: charge excitation, conduction, separation, and collection. Studies commercial and emerging photovoltaic technologies. Cross-cutting themes include conversion efficiencies, loss mechanisms, characterization, manufacturing, systems, reliability, life-cycle analysis, and risk analysis. Photovoltaic technology evolution in the context of markets, policies, society, and environment. Graduate students complete additional work.

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