You've seen the headlines: "Global Energy Demand Expected to Soar by 2030." "Escalating Oil Prices Threaten Economic Recovery." According to the US Department of Energy, the demand for energy in the United States alone will swell by 32% by the year 20201, and the Energy Information Administration projects a 44% increase in world oil consumption by 20302. Solar power -- the clean, renewable energy source of the future -- is becoming more and more crucial to our economic and environmental welfare.
There are actually two major technology groups working on solar energy: silicon crystalline technology, and thin film technology. Since the 1980s, stunning breakthroughs in thin-film photovoltaic technology have made clean, light-generated electricity more feasible and economical. Many people believe that thin-film technologies might ultimately be the most cost-effective method to bring solar energy to the world on a large scale. As many companies rapidly introduce new technologies to harness solar power, tracking developments -- let alone understanding them -- can be daunting. Semitracks' 1-day Thin Film Photovoltaics Technology course analyzes and distills the most important aspects of this complex technology.
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The course covers thin-film photovoltaics technology and fabrication processes through seven major topic areas:
The courses are necessary for every manager, engineer, and technician entering the photovoltaic field, whether they are working directly for a photovoltaic manufacturer or system integrator or selling to PV manufacturers.
Our courses are dynamic. We use a combination of instruction by lecture, problem solving, and question/answer sessions to give you the tools you need to excel in the photovoltaics industry. From the very first moments of the seminar until the last sentence of the training, the driving instructional factor is application. The course notes offer hundreds of pages of reference material that the participants can apply during their daily activities.
Our instructors are internationally recognized experts. Our instructors have years of current and relevant experience in their fields. They're focused on answering your questions and teaching you what you need to know.
Ian Aeby is director of Quality and Reliability at Emcore Solar Power. Ian has an MSEE from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a concentration in integrated optics and semiconductors. He has worked on photovoltaics systems for a number of years, overseeing the quality and reliability of both silicon and compound semiconductor devices and systems.