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Recent Advances in Photovoltaic Technology and Solar Thermal Technology

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

This two-hour course was intended to introduce the engineer towards some of the latest developments in high-performance photovoltaics and solar thermal technology. Since the Industrial Revolution, fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—have powered immense technological progress. But supplies of fossil fuels are limited, and continued reliance on them may have significant environmental consequences. Fortunately, there are alternatives, the most powerful one is right over our heads.

This course is based entirely on “DOE Solar Technologies Program”, Publication DOE/GO-102006-2314, May 2006 Prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a DOE national laboratory. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.

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