15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This course will provide students with the skills required to measure and characterise solar cell performance and solar cell materials using a range of research laboratory techniques. Laboratory techniques include measuring solar cell efficiency, characterisation of degradation rates, measuring irradiance and light spectrum, and using a cryostat to determine operating characteristics at low temperatures. The module also includes learning to fabricate thin film solar cells and the characterisation of photovoltaic materials using photoluminescence and absorption spectroscopy. Students will also learn to assemble a silicon photovoltaic module and then measure its performance in outdoor conditions using our roof top laboratory.

Staff Contact: LIDZEY DAVID G
Teaching Methods: Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Project/ portfolio

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Physics and Astronomy):

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Teaching methods and assessment displayed on this page are indicative for 2021-22. Students will be informed by the academic department of any changes made necessary by the ongoing pandemic.

Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK