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Course Postgraduate
Semester Electives
Subject Code CHM878
Subject Title Materials for Renewable Energy Conversion


Global Energy Demand, Renewable Energy Sources, Materials for Renewable Energy Conversion- Solar Energy, Photovoltaics, Photoelectrochemical cells and Fuel cells. Mechanism, Fabrication, Evaluation, and Efficiency. Future energy economy-Hydrogen economy- Hydrogen storage, Overview of other renewable energy sources.


Detailed Version

Introduction: Global Energy Demand and Use, Impacts of conventional energy utilization, Renewable Energy Sources- Indian scenario- where we stand, our potential, Economics of conventional and renewable energy systems.

Solar Energy and Solar Cells: Solar Spectrum, Solar constant, Passive conversion –Materials for Renewable energy conversion- Photovoltaics --Silicon (Si) solar cells, Crystalline/ Semicrystalline/ Amorphous Si solar cells, Thin film solar cells. Photoelectrochemical cells - Semiconductor electrochemistry - Photoelectrolysis, photochemical cells, phootcatalysis, Mechanism- electron transfer: Factors affecting electron transfer. Organic solar cells- bilayer, Bulk heterojucntion, polymer solar cells, pervoskite based solar cells, hybrid solar cells. Efficiency; limiting factors.

Sustainable Energy Conversion: Fuel cells-, Various types, Materials- Fuels- Reforming, Electrodes, Catalyst,electrolyte -efficiency. Internal resistance, general causes for failure.  Future energy economy-Hydrogen economy – Materials for  hydrogen storage,

Overview of other renewable energy sources: Hydroelectric, Wind, geothermal and Tidal Energy –Conversion, potential and limitations– Bio-energy-Safety, economical and Environmental Aspects

Text Books
  1. B.K. Hodge, Alternate Energy Systems and Applications, John Wiley & sons, Inc., 2010.
  2. Alan J. Heeger, Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci and  Ebinazar B. Namdas, Semiconducting and Metallic  Polymers, Oxford Univ Press 2010.
  3. W. Streicher and M. Kaltschmitt (Ed.) Renewable energy. Technology, economics and environment, Springer, 2007.
  4. N. Armaroli, V. Balzani and N. Serpone,  Powering Planet Earth – Energy Solutions for the Future, Wiley,2012.
  1. C. Brabec, Organic Photovoltaics, Wiley-VCH, 2008.
  2. Norman S. Allen (Ed.), Photochemistry and Photophysics of Polymeric Materials, 2010.
  3. X. Moya David and Muñoz-Rojas(Ed.), Materials for Sustainable Energy Applications Conversion, Storage, Transmission, and Consumption, 2016, Pan Stanford Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
  4. L. Liu and S.Bashir, Advanced Nanomaterials and their Applications in Renewable Energy, Elsevier Science, 2015.