Course Description

425.625 - Solar Energy:Science, Technology & Policy

This course focuses on the two primary solar technologies in the contemporary market; photovoltaic cells (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP), with a focus on PV. The course will investigate techniques for increasing efficiency, expanding storage and decreasing price. Solar energy for use as both distributed and grid-independent resources is considered. The course covers science and technologies as well as the environmental impact of solar technologies. Additionally, the course examines the market structure considerations for solar technology development. Offered onsite at least once every two years. Prerequisite: Principles and Applications of Energy Technology.