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Spring 2019

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CHE193 - Intro to Solar Manufacturing

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: This course offers an introduction to the technology, manufacturing and market surrounding solar cells. There will be some focus on the manufacturing sites in the local area. This course is intended to provide students with background information about the potential local opportunities and the industry that surrounds them. Some chemistry and physics background may be helpful for the course, but is not required.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Interpret solar industry market graphs and describe key terms
2. Provide a short description of how a solar cell works
3. Describe the differences between the primary solar cell technologies
4. Outline the basics silicon processing steps
5. Differentiate between traditional silicon and new processing methods
6. Explain basic process control concepts and the implication of a process window

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
- solar cell market
- solar technology basics
- semiconductor and solar device manufacturing landscape
- semiconductor and solar wafer technology
- silicon wafer technology - basic approach
- wafer vs device manufacturing
- silicon processing modules
- general equipment and process control considerations for these manufacturing environments
- general safety information
- semiconductor and solar industry career information

Effective Term: Spring 2017