Marketing and Sales

21st Century Solar Technologies - Self Study

Anco Blazev • Last updated 02/2021

5.0/5 (view ratings)
13 students
1 module
2:50 hours
16 assignments

Course description

In this course we review all new and developing solar energy (thermal and PV) technologies to date. We analyze the potential of each technology from technical and marketing point of view, and discuss the related logistics, political, regulatory, legal, safety, insurance, financial, and investment issues and factors affecting their implementation in the world’s energy markets.

The goals are to:
- Review the new and developing solar technologies
- Prioritize the different technologies in terms of feasibility for future use
- Analyze the key issues and factors affecting each solar technology,
- Review 21st century solar power plants' life cycle and related issues,
- Estimate the marketing potential of each new technology

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Full course outline

Module 1 - 21st Century Solar Technologies

  • Introduction (05:59 minutes)
  • PDF version of all video presentations (.pdf)
  • Solar Technology Types (13:33 minutes)
  • PV Technologies (18:37 minutes)
  • Today's PV Technologies (11:00 minutes)
  • Emerging PV Technologies (Part 1 of 2) (15:25 minutes)
  • Emerging PV Technologies (Part 2 of 2) (13:39 minutes)
  • 21st Century Materials (18:37 minutes)
  • Alternative Energy Technologies (10:55 minutes)
  • PV Power Fields (17:49 minutes)
  • Large PV Power Plants and Issues (18:06 minutes)
  • PV Components and Systems Reliability (07:33 minutes)
  • Key Finance, Political, and Environmental factors (19:38 minutes)
  • Optional Textbook: Solar Technologies for the 21st Century


Anco Blazev

CTO, SolarTech of Arizona

Mr. Anco Blazev is a Chem. E. with 35+ years of hands-on experience in the U.S. solar and semiconductor industries. Starting as a Process Engineer in a solar cells and PV modules manufacturing plant in Santa Barbara, CA, he has worked at several small and large solar energy and semiconductor components manufacturing companies in the capacity of: Process Engineer, Field... Learn more


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13 students have taken this course

by Olugbenga Odubayo 11/23/2017

This course is good for every professional in the renewable energy industry. It gives vital information on the current technology applications, design and finance consideration.

by Sunny N 09/24/2017

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How does this course work?

You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. This 1 module course is delivered entirely online. The lecture video and other materials are available any time. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to generate a certificate of completion.

How long do I have access to the materials?

Students get unlimited access to the course materials as soon as they enroll and for one year (365 days) after enrollment. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world. After the one year of access expires, access can be extended by joining as a HeatSpring member. A single membership extends access to course materials for all past enrollments.

Is there a certificate of completion?

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