Advanced Solar Cell Design

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1TE724

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Renewable Electricity Production A1F, Technology A1F
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 3 February 2023
Responsible department
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

180 credits in science/engineering including Modern Physics and 20 credits at Master's level. Solar Energy - Technology and Systems (may be taken in parallel). Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

After a successfully completed course the student should be able to:

  • analyse how different designs affect the performance of solar cells,
  • calculate the performance of a solar cell using simulation tools,
  • separate optical and electrical losses in a solar cell,
  • compare the main processing methods to fabricate solar cells with high efficiency from an economic, technical and sustainability perspective,
  • propose design changes to minimise losses,
  • evaluate different module types with regard to function, application, economy and appearance.


Fabrication of silicon based as well as thin film solar cells, the impact on performance. Concepts for high efficiency at cell level for both silicon and thin film based celss (point contacts, light scattering, 3D structures, tandem, bandgapsgradering). Advanced module concept (back contacted solar cells, I-module, flexible modules). Simulation of solar cell structures in one dimension with two different simulation programs.


Lectures, seminars and computer simulations. Study visits.


Written and oral presentation of the simulation project (3 hp). Oral examination of processing methods and modular concepts (2 hp).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.