Course coordinator: Prof. Dr. Marko Topič


About the course

Latest research, technology and economy trends on the field of solar cells, photovoltaic modules and system will be presented and discussed. The course includes selected lectures, demonstrations in laboratories and seminar work.r. 



  • solar cells: operational principle, materials, technologies
  • conceprs of (mono/poly)cristallyine, thin-film (Si, CIGS, CdTe), dye sentitized and organic solar cells, tandem and multi-junction cells
  • analysis of optical and electrical losses, modelling, simulations and characterization
  • photovoltaic modules: types and technological trends, standards of crxstalline silicon, thin-film and concentrator PV modules
  • module performance, loss analysis, energy yield
  • modelling, simulations and characterization of PV modules
  • photovoltaic systems: grid-connected and autonomous PV systems, design, realization and mainteinance; power regulators and inverters, protection devices; connection to the grids, economy of PV systems


Study material and Literature

Study material

Delivered at lectures.



  • A. Luque, S. Fonash: Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering, Wiley, 2003
  • Roth W., Brecl K., Krč J., Likovič A., Nemac F., Opara Krašovec U., Smole F., Škarja G., Topič M., Vukadinović M: Soltrain: Izkoriščanje sončne energije za proizvodnjo električne energije s pomočjo fotonapetostnih sistemov, slovenski priročnik, Ljubljana, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, 2004
  • M.A.Green: Third Generation Photovoltaics: Advanced Solar Energy Conversion, Springer, 2005
  • A. Martí and A. Luque (Eds): Next Generation Photovoltaics: High Efficiency through Full Spectrum Utilization, Wiley, 2003
  • A. Luque and Viacheslav M. Andreev: Concentrator Photovoltaics. Springer, 2007
  • J. Krč, M. Topič: Optical Modeling and Simulation of Thin-Film Photovoltaic Devices, CRC Press, 2013

Laboratory work

Laboratory work is carried out in Laboratory of Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics.