Solar cell - WikipediaThis course gives you an introduction to the fundamentals of solar power as it applies to solar panel system installations. You will learn to compare solar energy to other energy resources and explain how solar panels, or photovoltaics PV for short , convert sunlight to electricity. You will be able to identify the key components needed in a basic photovoltaic solar panel system, such as is found on a house or building, and explain the function of each component in the system. You will also learn how to calculate the electrical demand of a building, how to reduce the overall demand, and then how to design a solar panel system that can meet that annual demand at a given location. You will also compare the different types of pricing models that are being used and key regulatory considerations for grid tied systems where a house or building is connected to the electrical grid and also generates electricity from solar panels.
Lecture 1 : Solar Photovoltaic: Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications
Solar energy : fundamentals, technology and systems
A solar cell , or photovoltaic cell , is an electrical device that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect , which is a physical and chemical phenomenon. Individual solar cell devices can be combined to form modules, otherwise known as solar panels. The common single junction silicon solar cell can produce a maximum open-circuit voltage of approximately 0. Solar cells are described as being photovoltaic , irrespective of whether the source is sunlight or an artificial light. In addition to producing energy, they can be used as a photodetector for example infrared detectors , detecting light or other electromagnetic radiation near the visible range, or measuring light intensity.
You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site. Would you like to change to the site? Konrad Mertens. A comprehensive tutorial on photovoltaic technology now fully updated to include solar storage and the latest methods for on-site plant measurements. Starting with the basic principles of solar energy, this fully updated, practical text explains the fundamentals of semiconductor physics and the structure and functioning of the solar cell. It describes the latest measurement techniques for solar modules, and the planning and operation of grid-connected and off-grid PV systems. It also looks at other thin film cells, hybrid wafer cells, and concentrator systems.