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The ultimate and primary purpose of the Doctoral Programme in Photovoltaic Solar Energy is the theoretical and experimental training of high level experts in the different scientific, technical and professional aspects of PV Solar Energy disciplines and backgrounds. 

Furthermore, as an integral part of the cognitive aspects, students are expected to develop the essential communication, expression and innovation skills, necessary to carry out a high quality scientific work, either in an industrial or an academic environment.

Among the scientific and technological areas concerning formal education, the objectives of the programme are:

  • Physics and technology of semiconductor and photovoltaic devices;
  • Photovoltaic systems: design, assembly, analysis and characterization;
  • Electronic techniques of conditioning and power control;
  • Electronic and computing instrumentation applied to devices, apparatus or systems using solar energy;
  • Thermals applied to solar energy;
  • Solar dynamics and study of solar radiation;
  • Electronic and computing instrumentation applied to devices, apparatus or systems using solar energy;
  • Thermals applied to solar energy;
  • Solar dynamics and study of solar radiation;
  • Solar optics;
  • Electricity distribution networks and integration of renewable energies;
  • Social fundamentals for solar energy: energy structure of society, environment and energy supply problems;
  • Role of renewable energies in general, and specific role of photovoltaic solar energy within the current and future energy context;
  • Legislative framework and special regime for electricity distribution.

The above list constitutes the core of the objectives as far as formal training is concerned. Nevertheless, in the framework of Photovoltaic Solar Energy, and due to its rapid growth, topics associated to new science come true: i.e. rapid evolution of techniques and methods or even the continuous rise and absorption of novelties. That is the reason why fostering the skills necessary within modern scientific work, such as communication, expression and innovation capabilities, are the most relevant non-cognitive objectives of the programme.In such a quick evolving field, besides their innovation and learning skills, experts in PV Solar Energy must be capable to convey their ideas in a rapid, clear and rich way, into either industrial, academic and scientific forums, or even within a political or social context.

The so called “Complementary training activities” gathers the educational efforts to develop these capabilities.Finally we must point out our intention is to make the Doctoral Programme to become a vehicle for worldwide dissemination of Photovoltaic Solar Energy as well as an instrument of cooperation. Constant and growing participation of foreign students coming from Europe, Latin America and Arabian Countries, contributes to the implementation of the initiative of Public University for European cooperation and development in poor countries. More than 20 years of history of the Doctoral Programme have proven that the majority of foreign students who obtained their PhD at IES-UPM have returned to their home countries to develop their professional activities, thus building up new nodes to develop PV Solar Energy.

The Doctoral Programme in Photovoltaic Solar Energy provides the straight path to the development of a rising activity with a future, while laying the foundations of a continuous learning process ("learning to learn"). A high quality instruction is offered to train experts in a high level of capacity and competence within their R&D areas of the subjects related to PV Solar Energy at an international level, and to achieve the proper integration of our University into the European Higher Education Area.

The widely proven research experience of IES-DEF, together with the incorporation of teachers coming from different UPM departments as well as of collaborative staff from other National and European higher education and research centres to the programme, are the guarantees to underwrite confidence on the achievement of objectives.


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