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/Job opportunities/Validation of a thermo-electric model of CIGS thin-film solar modules

Validation of a thermo-electric model of CIGS thin-film solar modules

Master projects/internships - Genk | More than two weeks ago

First of its kind, state-of-the-art energy yield modelling for Thin-film PV technologies

The clean energy revolution is increasing the need for solar photovoltaics to be integrated into the structures around us. Thin-film PV is the best candidate for integrated photovoltaics with its ability to be easily integrated into complex geometries. Energy team at IMEC is currently involved in multiple aspects of the Integrated PV. One such area is the energy yield simulation framework. Predicting the energy yield of PV technology is essential for fast prototyping, design and system optimization, feasibility studies, marketing, etc. 
Imec state of the art energy yield framework uses a physics-based model to predict the energy yield of photovoltaic technologies. The framework is being expanded to incorporate the thin-film photovoltaics and thereby integrated PV. Currently, the thermo-electric model is being developed for CIGS based photovoltaic modules. The model needs to be validated against a wide range of commercially available modules such as rigid, flexible, several interconnection types, various cell architectures, sizes and voltages. 
This internship provides you with the opportunity to learn different characterization techniques and measurements on the Thin-film modules. To receive hands-on experience using the state-of-the-art solar simulator and various other measurement equipment.  

  1. Understand the developed thermo-electric model.
  2. Perform temperature measurements on CIGS PV modules. 
  3. Validate the model with the measurements.
  4. Develop automation algorithms for data processing.
  5. Identify trends and anomalies with data. 
  6. Prepare reports and documentation for the work done.

Required skills:

  1. Undertaking a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy or Electrical engineering or related fields.
  2. Basic knowledge of the Photovoltaics, IV curves, equivalent circuit and curve fitting.
  3. Interest in measurement and characterization.
  4. Knowledge of Python programming language is a plus (if not, then willing to acquire that skill).

Type of project: Internship

Duration: 6 months

Master's degree: Master of Engineering Technology; Master of Science; Master of Engineering Science 

Master program: Energy; Electrotechnics/Electrical Engineering; Physics  

Supervising scientist: For further information or for application, please contact Santhosh Ramesh (

Imec allowance will be provided

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