New Solar Energy Engineering Course by the University of Freiburg and Fraunhofer

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© Photo University of Freiburg / Klaus Polkowski The course content of the “M.Sc. Solar Energy Engineering” ranges from the structure and design of solar systems to their production and the professional setup of photovoltaic and solar thermal facilities.

To comprehensively prepare experts and executive staff for the energy transition, the University of Freiburg in scientific cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the Fraunhofer Academy offers two continuing education options in the field of Solar Energy Engineering: the new part-time master program M.Sc. Solar Energy Engineering and a certificate program offering different Solar Energy Engineering Certificate modules.

Master and certificate program to start in October 2016

The continuing education program Solar Energy Engineering particularly addresses individuals with a background in natural sciences or engineering who want to extend their knowledge and skills in the field of solar energy. Professionals from solar system production or sales as well as newcomers to the field of solar energy may use the program to enhance their background knowledge.

“Renowned scientists of the Fraunhofer ISE and the University of Freiburg are committed to the new master program with their acknowledged expertise from all fields of solar energy utilization so that our offer will cover the entire spectrum of solar engineering”, explains the director of the continuing education program, Prof. Dr. Stefan Glunz from Fraunhofer ISE.

Unique content combination of the M.Sc. Solar Energy Engineering worldwide

The course content of the M.Sc. Solar Energy Engineering ranges from the structure and design of solar systems to their production and the professional setup of photovoltaic and solar thermal facilities. This combination of broad technical content and scientific depth makes the program unique worldwide. Preparatory modules provide students with an overview of the physical, mathematical, and electrochemical basics of solar energy. The course is centered on three compulsory modules. They teach a comprehensive overview of the physics and technologies of solar cells, photovoltaic systems, and solar thermal systems and consider the complete production chain of the market-dominating technology of crystalline silicon solar modules. By selecting different modules, participants may put their individual focus on fields such as “solar cell technologies”, “characterization and modeling”, “photovoltaic systems and grid integration”, or “solar thermal systems”.

The course is based on the blended learning principle: a combination of online learning phases, voluntary campus phases at the University of Freiburg, and obligatory laboratory courses in the dedicated learning labs at the Fraunhofer ISE. Exams may be taken on site in Freiburg but also at another university or a Goethe Institute close to the own place of residence. The new master program starts in October 2016; application deadline is September 1, 2016.

Certificate program for qualification for individual specific topics

Five modules of the course may be booked individually in the scope of a certificate program. Upon completion, participants earn a university certificate. Previously completed modules are credited in case participants later decide on the master program. Application deadline for the certificate program is October 1, 2016.
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