Semiconductor industry is the third largest overall manufactured products in the world. Photovoltaics has seen nearly 40% compound annual growth over the last decades, and presently provides more than 250,000 US jobs. Photovoltaics now generates 20% of the electricity in California and nearly 1.5% of US total electricity. Moreover, it is expected that the renewable energy area will be the majority of $10 trillion dollars in investment over the next two decades. With these realistic scenarios, Solar Power Lab is investing significant resources on educational activities ranging from running the PV and sustainable energy related courses to hands on training for participants not only from ASU but also from other colleges and universities and PV industry. Together with running the hands on solar cell fabrication training, solar power lab is a great resource for students who take solar cell-related courses. Out of many PV and sustainibility related courses offered in ASU, EEE 591/498 courses “Manufacturing Science of Solar Cells” and “Solar Cell Fabrication”, both are tied into the student-led solar cell pilot line for hands on training on fabrication/characterizaiton of solar cells and on large scale manufacturing lines .
Solar Power Lab at ASU together with the affiliated world class faculties in PV are devoted to produce next genration PV experts to fulfil the gap of industry demand and university education by training undergraduate and graduate students with appropriate theoretical and hands on training classes on fabrication and characterization of solar cells. Student-led pilot line in SPL is serving as a platform for hands on training for these undergraduate/graduate students on fabrication and characterization of solar cells.
List of classes tought by SPL members
- EEE 598: Advanced Solar Cells
- EEE 598: Fundamentals of Solar Cell Design and Application
- EEE 465/EEE 591: PV Energy Conversion: Fundamentals of solar cell device physics, generation and recombination, minority carrier lifetime and surface passivation.
EEE 498/EEE 591: Manufactrng Science of Solar Cells: Students will learn about the manufacturing of silicon solar cells, specifically about engineering in the manufacturing environment. The course covers several engineering tools/methods used by engineers to improve solar cell performance and reduce solar cell cost in manufacturing, namely statistical decision making, cost modelling and regression modelling.