Photovoltaic and thermoelectric devices for renewable energy harnessing

Monday, November 18, 2013 to Friday, November 22, 2013


Infotech Oulu Doctoral Program

Photovoltaic and Thermoelectric Devices for Renewable Energy Harnessing

Duration: 18. Nov - 22. Nov. 2013,  during 1pm – 4pm in TS107

Lectures will be given by Dr.Techn. Vassil Palankovski, a head of the Advanced Materials and Device Analysis (AMADEA) group at the Institute for Microelectronics, Technical University of Vienna, Austria.  Dr. Palankovski has both large industrial experience (Siemens AG, 1994-99, Infineon Technologies 1999-00 and 2004-05, LSI Logic Corp. 2000)  and academic experience (TU Vienna 2001-13). Dr. Palankovski is an expert in the development of software used for modeling, investigation, design, and optimization of novel advanced semiconductor devices.

Plan and contents

Day 1 & 2

Lectures 1.-2. Overview of renewable energy resources: comparison of energy conversion efficiency, energy pay-back, markets.

Lectures 3.-4. Solar cells: Operation principle, material properties, figures-of-merit.

Lectures 5.-6. Energy losses in solar cells: heat, recombination mechanisms, shunt/series resistances, surface reflection, etc. Possibilities for efficiency improvement.

Day 3 & 4

Lectures 7.-9. Modeling of solar cells: transport and thermal models, material models, modeling specifics.

Lectures 10.-12. Simulation examples: Single-junction cells, multi-junction cells, novel solar cells (e.g. InGaN) and perspectives.

Day 5

Lectures 13.-15. Thermoelectric devices: Operation principle, figures-of-merit, materials, applications. Modeling of thermoelectric devices, possibilities for efficiency improvement, simulation examples. Beyond solar cells and thermoelectric devices: mixed-devices, approaches for harnessing other renewable resources.

Short abstract

Introduction to state-of-the-art semiconductor materials and devices for harnessing renewable energy, such as solar and thermal energy.Various physical effects are modeled, implemented and analyzed using a state-of-the-art TCAD software. The students will gain knowledge of material specifics, related to structural, thermal, carrier transport, and optical properties. Device specifics in respect to design, operation, and possible optimization are brought to draw the attention of the audience.

More information: Juha Kostamovaara

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Last updated: 5.11.2013