Advanced PV Manufacturing Short Course

Silicon solar cell manufacturing capacity has expanded 100-fold in the past 15 years, and has reached tens of GW of annual production. Photovoltaic engineers, scientists and managers must have a good working understanding of how solar cells are manufactured, improved and sustained in real solar cell factories in order to succeed in their fields. 
 
 
Students enrolled in this class will learn about engineering in the manufacturing environment. The course covers several engineering tools and methods used by engineers including statistical decision making, cost modelling and regression modelling. Students will use these tools in the course’s virtual laboratory, the Virtual Solar Cell Factory, where they will work as virtual employees of a silicon photovoltaic manufacturing company analysing and improving the performance of the company’s solar cell manufacturing line.
 
Approved representatives from Collaborating Australian Research institutions or Collaborating Industry Participants (Suntech R&D Australia, Trina, BT Imaging, Bluescope) can be partly financially supported to attend, as discussed at the last ACAP Management Committee meeting in July, or partial support for course fees, domestic airfares and campus student accommodation. Please contact Richard Corkish with questions about such support.