Course info

Course Overview

The objective of this course is to provide an insight into the fundamentals of solar cells and describe the manufacturing processes of different types of photovoltaics (PV). Throughout the course, students will learn physical principles of solar irradiation and solar cell operation. Emerging concepts of polymer, hybrid and quantum-dot-based solar cells will be described including device physics, manufacturing and technological development.

Learning Objectives

This course is about the following topics. Dunring the lessons you will learn about: 

  • Introduction in new materials for solar cells applications
  • Solar Energy Potential
  • Solar Radiation and Geometry
  • Power from solar cells
  • Solar cell technology
  • Production of solar cell
  • Crystalline silicon solar cells
  • Polymer solar cells
  • Material characterization
  • Material Properties
  • Solar Energy Spectrum and the Necessity of Band Gap Tuning
  • Case studies


The outcomes of this course will allow you to: 

  • Recall the history of Solar Cells
  • Identify the importance of Solar Energy
  • Define the Power generation from solar cells
  • Describe Solar cells technology
  • Recall the operation of solar cells
  • Describe the Production of solar cells
  • List thin films solar cells
  • Describe the polymer solar cells
  • Define Methodology and Importance of materials characterization
  • List the Characterization techniques
  • Describe the optical measurements
  • Identify materials properties and characterization
  • Define implement Solar Energy Spectrum and the Necessity of Band Gap Tuning
  • Recognize the relationship of the profession of Industrial Design and Production Engineering and the renewable resources of energy and their interdependence
  • Ability to apply that knowledge in his/her business life

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Course Structure

  • Lesson 1 - Introduction in new materials for solar cells applications
  • Lesson 2 - Solar Energy Potential
  • Lesson 3 - Solar Radiation and Geometry
  • Lesson 4 - Power from solar cells
  • Lesson 5 - Solar cell technology: How do solar cells work
  • Lesson 6 - Production of solar cell
  • Lesson 7 - Crystalline silicon solar cells
  • Lesson 8 - Polymer solar cells
  • Lesson 9 - Material characterization
  • Lesson 10 - Material Properties
  • Lesson 11 - Solar Energy Spectrum and the Necessity of Band Gap Tuning
  • Lesson 12 - Case study IV -Optical properties of ZnO: Cu nanowires for high efficient solar cells


Theodore Ganetsos

Bachelor in Physics and PhD in Material Science (2001) in Germany, over 90 papers in Sci. Journals and 120 participations in International Conferences. Expert in material characterisation using non-destructive techniques. In the last 2 years 4 papers in Journals related to the material for solar cells applications


Kyriaki Kiskira

Dr. Kyriaki Kiskira is a postdoctoral researcher and a teaching associate at the Department of Industrial Design and Production Engineering, Faculty of Engineering (UNIWA) with a demonstrated history of working in the research, in the field of Environmental Technologies, biotechnology, metal recovery and renewable energy sources. She was awarded a PhD in Environmental Technology at UNICAS (Italy), UNESCO-IHE (Netherlands) and UPE (France).