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2016/2017 Universiteitsdienst MOOCs for Credits
Solar Energy (MOOC)
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. A.H.M. Smets    A.H.M.Smets@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
NA (self-paced MOOC). Required study period: March-May 2017
Education Period
Different, to be announced
Start Education
Exam Period
Different, to be announced
Course Language
Expected prior knowledge
Basic Calculus and Physics. This course targets students who are enrolled in or have completed a bachelor in engineering.
Course Contents
Week 1: Introduction to Solar Energy
Week 2: Working Principle of a Semiconductor based Solar Cell
Week 3: Solar Cell Operation, Performance and Design Rules
Week 4: PV technology Based on Crystalline Silicon Wafers
Week 5: Thin-Film PV technologies
Week 6: Third Generation PV and Other Ways to Utilize Solar Energy
Week 7: PV Systems-Components and Concepts
Week 8: PV Systems- Application and Design
Study Goals
•The various methods of converting solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels
•The physical working principles of photovoltaic conversion in solar cells
•How to recognize and describe the various solar cell technologies, their current status and future technological challenges
•How to analyze the performance of solar cells and modules
•How to design a complete photovoltaic system for any particular application on paper
Education Method
Self-paced MOOC, required study period: March-May 2017.
Note: 1 ECTS equals 28 hours
Literature and Study Materials
The book 'Solar Energy, basics, technology and systems' is free to download through the EdX site.
Three hour written exam, combination of open questions and multiple choice. The exam will be organized locally at your university and will be held at the same moment for all students from the participating universities.
First exam opportunity: see http://www.tudelft.nl/creditsformoocs > Exams
Second exam opportunity: see http://www.tudelft.nl/creditsformoocs > Exams
In case one fails the first exam, a second opportunity is scheduled.
Enrolment / Application
This course is open for a limited number of students from TU Delft and partner universities who are participating in the Credits for MOOCs project.
TU Delft students: For more information and the application procedure see: http://www.tudelft.nl/creditsformoocs
Other interested students: Please contact your home university for more information. TU Delft will not accept applications from individual students.
Special Information
To enrich the portfolio of students the TU Delft and other leading universities started the Credits for MOOCs project. Students should be able to benefit from the available MOOCs offered by experts in the field by incorporating these MOOCs in their study programme.
TU Delft now offers ca 10 MOOCS in this project.
This course is offered completely online. TU Delft students who want to do the blended course (MOOC + classes) are referred to the course ET3034TU Solar Cells (3EC).