Solar Energy

  • Course level: Beginner


What is Solar Energy (SE)?

Solar energy is energy from the sun in the form of light, heat, and other types of electromagnetic radiation and is responsible for all life on Earth. It is the most abundant form of energy, far surpassing oil, natural gas, and other non-renewable sources of energy. Solar energy is environmentally friendly and sustainable and can be harnessed for human use by an ever-growing number of technologies including photovoltaic systems of solar panels that follow the path of the sun throughout the day. The production of solar energy produces no waste and no harmful emissions unlike the burning of coal and oil.


Solar energy technology use is expanding rapidly. The Solar Photovoltaic (PV) sector is the largest and fastest-growing renewable energy employer worldwide with an increasing need for experts that can support this growth.

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in the (SE) field and become a successful solar energy professional. This program will teach you what is expected from solar experts and will prepare you for employment in various capacities including:

  1. Systems design and engineering
  2. Solar systems installation
  3. Device fabrication and characterization
  4. QA and reliability testing

The program includes diverse learning activities, including videos, readings, exercises, and real-world applications. You will be guided through the content in an inspiring, hands-on, but rigorous manner. It is designed so knowledge is built gradually. We, therefore, recommend that students follow the courses in the suggested order.

Who this course is for:

  1. Entrepreneurs
  2. Installers
  3. SE Professionals
  4. Engineers
  5. People that want to start a business in the solar energy industry
  6. Electricians
  7. People that want to become an installer of residential or commercial (SE) systems
  8. People that want to learn more about how renewable energy works (SE)

What Will I Learn?

  • The physics of and how to model all aspects of a working solar cell: performance, efficiency limits and design rules.
  • Design concepts and fabrication processes of various photovoltaic (PV) technologies and applications.
  • How to evaluate components of a PV system: PV modules, inverters, DC-DC converters, batteries, charge controllers and cables.
  • Application techniques for designing a PV system ranging from a residential rooftop system to a utility scale solar farm.
  • Design concepts of microgrids that include PV systems.
  • How to assess the economics and ecology of PV systems and communicate these accordingly.

Topics for this course

55 Lessons

Solar Energy (PV)

Introduction to Solar Energy00:00:00
What is energy?00:00:00
Energy Conversion00:00:00
The History of Solar Energy00:00:00
The Status of Solar Energy00:00:00
What is Light?00:00:00
Solar Light00:00:00
Practice Question00:00:00
Definition of Terms00:00:00
How to Transform Light into Electricity00:00:00
Band Gaps00:00:00
Band Gaps – 200:00:00
Excitation of Change Carriers00:00:00
Excitation of Change Carriers – 200:00:00
Transport of Change Carriers00:00:00
Semiconductor Junction00:00:00
Semiconductor Junction – 200:00:00
Solar Cell Operation00:00:00
The Ideal Solar Cell00:00:00
Series and Shunt Resistance00:00:00
Band Gap Energy00:00:00
Spectral Utilization00:00:00
Spectral Utilization – 200:00:00
Light Trapping00:00:00
Light Trapping – 200:00:00
Properties of Crystalline Silicon00:00:00
Manufacturing Crystalline Silicon00:00:00
Design Rules of the Silicon Solar Cell00:00:00
High-Efficiency Concepts00:00:00
From Solar Cells to Solar Modules00:00:00
Alternative PV Technologies00:00:00
Thin-Film Silicon PV Technology00:00:00
PV Technology00:00:00
CIGS PV Technology00:00:00
PV Technologies00:00:00
Organic PV Technology00:00:00
Third Generation PV Technologies00:00:00
Solar Thermal Energy00:00:00
Solar Thermal Heating00:00:00
Solar Thermal Power00:00:00
Solar Fuels00:00:00
Introduction to PV Systems00:00:00
PV Modules00:00:00
PV Modules – 200:00:00
Maximum Power Point Tracking00:00:00
Inverters in PV Systems00:00:00
Introduction to Batteries00:00:00
Battery Parameters00:00:00
Change Controllers00:00:00
Standalone PV Systems00:00:00
Grid Connected PV Systems00:00:00
Economics of PV Systems00:00:00
Environmental Considerations of PV Systems00:00:00
Final Thoughts00:00:00
45 £

Enrolment validity: Lifetime


  • Passion for becoming part of the green revolution.