This module describes in detail recent development in electronic devices that reduce energy consumption, generate power, or advance the distribution of power. Together these set of devices will play an essential role in the reduced dependence on fossil fuels.
The module provides an introduction to both the fundamentals of energy generating electronic devices and the systems that can be implemented using such devices. The concepts will be explained in detail for photo-voltaic devices but the analogy for thermo-electric devices is evident. The module covers the fundamental theoretical foundations , manufacturing and practical limitations. System integration with the grid is also introduced with key concepts such as Smart Grids, Smart Meters, microgrids and storage being covered in the course.
The module uses Silvaco TCAD tools: industry-standard software to simulate semiconductor processing and device operation (Technology Computer-Aided Design). These tools are introduced in ELEC3207 Nanoelectronic Devices.
Pre-requisite: ELEC2201 or ELEC2206 or ELEC6259