Course Objectives

With this course, you will gain a comprehensive overview of the operating principles of solar cells and discover current trends in solar cell technology. This course is catered to professionals working in, or aspiring to work in, the photovoltaics or renewable energy industries.

Topics covered include, how does a solar cell work? What are the factors limiting current solar cell efficiency? What are the latest trends in photovoltaic cell technology? 


The course covers the entire PV manufacturing value chain from sand to modules:

1.    Solar cell history

2.    Principles of solar cells

3.    Losses in solar cells

a.    Optical losses

b.    Recombination losses

c.    Resistive losses

4.    Equivalent circuit of solar cells

5.    Current technology trends

Course benefits

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain solar cell operations using physical and electrical models.
  • Describe the main sources of efficiency loss in solar cells.
  • Understand key technological trends in solar cell architecture.
  • Detail key features of solar cells and explain their functions.

Who should attend?

  • Professionals and managers working along the photovoltaic value chain
  • Graduates and professionals working on photovoltaic technologies

Course fees

AUD$1,043 including GST.



School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) Continuing Professional Education Courses


Hybrid / In person final session


Online on-demand


6 weeks




Please contact Dr. Fiacre Rougieux at the School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW:

Phone: +61 2 9065 3061