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ELEC3202 Green Electronics

Module Overview

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.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Fundamental theory and principles of energy generating electronic devices
  • Basic concepts of the interaction between chemical and electronic processes and in electrical energy storage devices
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand manufacturing and efficiency issues in photovoltaic devices
  • Understand key principles of power electronic circuits used in photovoltaic systemsystems
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Simulate device and circuit operation of a photovoltaic system


Semiconductor Devices - Solar Cells (photovoltaics) - Thermo-Electric Materials - Light Emitting Diodes (LED) Electrical Energy Storage - Batteries - Super Capacitors - Fuel Cells Details of photovoltaic Devices & Systems - (Quantum) Efficiencies - Physical Models and Simulation - Device Manufacture Technologies - Photovoltaic System Design - Equivalent Circuit Models - Power Conversion techniques - Maximum Power Point Tracking - Grid Connection

Learning and Teaching

Supervised time in studio/workshop2
Wider reading or practice50
Preparation for scheduled sessions14
Follow-up work14
Completion of assessment task30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Jenny Nelson. The Physics of Solar Cells. 

S.M. Sze. Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technologies. 

Stuart R Wenham, Martin A Green, Muriel E Watt, Richard Corkish, (2012). Applied Photovoltaics. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 30%
Final Assessment  70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: ELEC2201 or ELEC2206 or ELEC6259

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