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Delft University of Technology

Solar Energy Engineering

Delft University of Technology via edX MicroMasters


Solar energy technology use is expanding rapidly. The Solar Photovoltaic (PV) sector is the largest and fastest growing renewable energy employer worldwide with an increasing need for experts that can support this growth.

In this MicroMasters program you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in the solar energy field and become a successful solar energy professional. This program will teach you what is expected from solar experts, and will prepare you for employment in various capacities including:

  • Systems design and engineering
  • Solar systems installation
  • Device fabrication and characterization
  • QA and reliability testing
  • Project management and consultancy as well as (technical) sales

The program includes diverse learning activities, including videos, readings, exercises and real-world applications. You will be guided through the content in an inspiring, hands-on, but rigorous manner. It is designed so knowledge is built gradually. We therefore recommend that students follow the courses in the suggested order. However, you may choose to enroll in any course of your choice based on your background knowledge or experience.

The program is taught by photovoltaics research experts from TU Delft with many years of experience working with industry partners. Among these experts is Professor Arno Smets, the first ever recipient of the edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions to Online Teaching and Learning.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Conversion

Learn how solar cells generate electricity, and about the semiconductor physics and optics required to design and manufacture solar cells.

Course 2: Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Technologies

Explore the main PV technologies in the current market, to gain in-depth knowledge on the design and processing methods of solar cells.

Course 3: Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

Explore the wide range of solar energy applications and learn to design a real PV installation with excellent performance and reliability.

Course 4: Solar Energy: Integration of Photovoltaic Systems in Microgrids

Learn how to integrate a photovoltaic system into a microgrid of your design.

Course 5: Solar Energy Engineering: Comprehensive Exams

Finalize the Solar Energy Engineering program to become a MicroMasters graduate.


Taught by

Arno Smets, Miro Zeman, René van Swaaij, Olindo Isabella, Ravi Vasudevan, Seyedmahdi Izadkhast, Laura Ramirez and Pavol Bauer


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