Renewable Energy

School "Renewable Energy " is focused on extra education of Bachelor's degree senior students and Master's degree students in electronics, electrical engineering, physics, and materials science. The aim of the school is to provide students with information about the current achievements in the field of renewable energy sources and photovoltaics with particular emphasis on the physical principles of operation of solar cells based on silicon, methods of their testing and production technology.

Admission information

Place of study: ETU "LETI", Department of Photonics

Language: English

Duration: 2 weeks

Winter School:

1st intake: 20 January – 02 February, 2020
2nd intake: 03 – 16 February, 2020

Summer School: 01 July – 14 July, 2019

Outcome: ETU "LETI" certificate, 4 ECTS

Requirements:

Bachelor's degree senior students in electronics, electrical engineering, physics, and materials science fields or Master's degree students in technical and natural sciences fields

Tuition fees:
25000 RUR

(∼360-380 USD)

(∼320-330 Euro)

includes training, excursion program, study materials, migration support.

About the program

The main characteristic of human activity at the beginning of the XXI century is a rapid growth of energy consumption. As one of the most promising environment-friendly renewable energy sources should be recognized solar energy which provides direct conversion of the solar energy into electrical energy. Over the past 20-30 years, the average growth rate of solar power engineering has been of about 30%. Such an intensive growth is due both to production expansion and to development of new structures and working principles of photoelectric converters.

The School "Renewable Energy" covers the following areas:

  • Renewable energy sources and their share in the global energy industry;
  • History of development and future prospects of solar energy;
  • Classification of photovoltaic solar energy converters;
  • Basic principles of operation, design and characteristics of photovoltaic solar energy converters;
  • Technology basics and production of silicon-based solar cells and modules;
  • Fundamentals of metrology of solar cells and modules;
  • Materials science aspects of photovoltaics;
  • Basic methods of photovoltaics materials diagnostics;
  • Components of solar power systems, and design of solar power plants.

Along with the lectures, the program of the School provides practical trainings and laboratory workshops carried out on the modern equipment.

Key points

Participation in the School "Renewable Energy" allows you to:

  1. Gain knowledge about the basic physical principles of photovoltaics;
  2. Study about advanced materials of photovoltaic solar energy converters;
  3. Understand main principles of technology and metrology of solar modules;
  4. Learn about the design and operation of solar power plants;
  5. Get skills of practical work on modern technological and metrological equipment.

Modules

Module 1 - Introduction to Renewable Energy Sources

This module includes:

  • Renewable energy sources and their share in global energy generation and consumption;
  • The history and future prospects of photovoltaics;
  • Photovoltaic solar energy converters classification.

Module 2 - Introduction to Photovoltaics: Physics, Technology, Metrology

This module includes:

  • Principle of operation, design and characteristics of photovoltaic solar energy converters;
  • Technology and production of silicon-based solar elements and modules;
  • Metrology of solar elements and modules.

Module 3 - Materials Science Aspects of Photovoltaics

This module includes:

  • The study of basic photovoltaic materials:
    • active layer semiconductors,
    • transparent conductive oxides,
    • current collecting elements,
    • protective glasses and plastics.
  • Methods of diagnostics of photovoltaic materials.

Module 4 - Solar Power Plants: Design, Equipment and Automation

This module includes:

  • Solar power system components:
    • storage batteries,
    • charge controller,
    • inverters,
    • protective relaying systems.
  • Solar power system design, monitoring system;
  • Development of solar power plants.

Partners

  • The Ioffe Institute of Russian Academy of Science;
  • Research and Development Сenter for Thin-film Technologies in Energetics (TF TE Ioffe R&D Center).

 

  • St. Petersburg National Research Academic University of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Invited lecturers

  Jean-Paul Kleider, PhD is a Professor at CentraleSupélec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France). CentraleSupélec (CS) is a French institute of research and higher education in engineering and science. Jean-Paul Kleider is a world leading expert in Physics of photovoltaic structures on a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction. He is a member of the Expert Council of "Energetics" field at the National Agency for Research (ANR) of France and co-author of the book "Physics and Technology of Amorphous-Crystalline Heterostructure Silicon Solar Cells" (Springer).
  Luis Ponce, PhD is a Professor at Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico). Instituto Politécnico Nacional is the second best university in Mexico in the technical and engineering domain according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. Luis Ponce is an expert in laser technology, instrumentation, material processing, and pulsed laser deposition of thin films. He is an active member of SPIE, IEEEF and for his outstanding work in laser technology and education, he received the High Education Ministry of Cuba prize.

Master’s degree program "Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Technology"

There is a possibility to obtain the Master’s degree by applying for the full-time program “Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Technology”.

Upon completion of the Master's degree program students get knowledge of underlying physical principles and materials science aspects of photovoltaics, technology and metrology of solar modules, equipment, design and maintenance of solar power plants. Special attention is dedicated to silicon photovoltaics, including the most efficient HIT structures. Students have access to the most modern and sophisticated technological and metrological equipment, carry out scientific research and get skills of practical work with real metrological instruments and technological apparatuses. In 2015 program successfully underwent independent assessment and was awarded EUR-ACE® label by ENAEE – European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education.

About the Department

Department of Photonics was established in 1931 and it is one of the oldest and the most renowned departments in the University. The research activity of the Department is focused on pioneering research in the fields that in modern science are referred to as solid-state Electronics and Photonics. In the last few decades research and academic activity were focused mainly on laser technology, photovoltaics and solar energy technology.

Many outstanding Russian scientists and engineers have graduated from the Department of Photonics for the last decades and the most renowned of the Department’s alumnus is the laureate of the Nobel Prize in Physics (2000) Prof. Zhores Alferov.

 

Pukhova Valentina

Program coordinator

PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of Photonics at ETU «LETI»

Alexander Vasilyevich Bobyl

DSc, Professor of the Department of Photonics at ETU «LETI», leading researcher at the laboratory of Physical and Chemical Properties of Semiconductors at Ioffe Institute

Natalia Vladimirovna Kamanina

DSc, Professor of the Department of Photonics at ETU «LETI», head of the Department «Photophysics of Environments with Nanoobjects» of State Optical Institute named after S.I.Vavilov

Alexander Sergeevich Gudovskikh

Ph.D., Professor of the Department of Photonics at ETU «LETI», leading researcher at the renewable energy laboratory at St. Petersburg National Research Academic University

Ekaterina Eugenievna Terukova

PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of Photonics at ETU «LETI», senior technologist of the scientific and technical center for thin-film technologies in power engineering

Dmitry Nikolaevich Redka

PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of Photonics at ETU «LETI»

Vitaly Vyacheslavovich Korolev

PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of Robotics and Automation of production systems at ETU «LETI»

 

 

 

 

 

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Contacts

International Students Office

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+7 (812) 234-35-53
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