Software, data & links

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Welcome to our shared resources on software and data, which will help you take your research further. We offer these renewable energy research resources to help you find searchable databases, free software and publications. We update these resources periodically to ensure you stay up to date. is a free online resource for Photovoltaic Scientists and Engineer about the manufacturing process of solar cells and latest trends in the field.
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PV lighthouse

PV Lighthouse website provides calculators that simulate various aspects of solar cell operation, a library of refractive index data, links to photovoltaic software and more.
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PC1D: Software for modelling a solar cell

PC1D is a computer program written for IBM-compatible personal computers that solves the fully coupled nonlinear equations for the quasi-one-dimensional transport of electrons.
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Ray tracing of solar cells

RaySim6 is a graphical user interface (GUI) software program for geometrical ray tracing of solar cells that runs under most modern MS Windows Operating Systems.
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Sun position plotter

SPosi is a fast, easy-to-use and accurate Sun position plotter. It’s designed to work with most modern browsers that support HTML5.
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Solar spectra (NREL)

Air Mass Zero: Extraterrestrial Solar Irradiance Spectra from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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Understanding the p-n junction

The p-n junction is the fundamental building block of the electronic age. Most electronic devices are made of silicon.
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RayFlare provides a flexible, user-friendly Python environment to model complex optical stacks, with a focus on solar cells.
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A multi-scale, Python-based library for modelling solar cells and semiconductor materials.
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Year 11 NSW Engineering Studies Photovoltaics Elective Module Course Packs

These course materials were developed by our School. Funding for the project was kindly provided by the Department of Environment and Conservation NSW ‘Climate Action Grant’ (Ref no: C06/CAG/043).

Download pack 1pack 2 and pack 3