NMMU logo
Research Energy research Student information
Physics

Student information

Opportunities and Scholarships:

We offer exciting research opportunities in the field of photovoltaics.  A list of current and past student projects is shown below (please click on project title to see more details of the project).  Future student projects are also listed below.

In addition to MSc and PhD bursaries,  there are a limited number of final year BSc and BSc Honours bursaries available.  If you are interested in post-graduate studies in this exciting field of solar energy, please contact Prof van Dyk.

Present projects:

"On the design and implementation of photovoltaic current-voltage measurement and analysis systems"
Peet Brink
Supervisor: Prof EE van Dyk
Co-supervisor: Dr FJ Vorster
MSc (July 2006 - date)

"Spatially resolved opto-electric measurements of photovoltaic materials and devices"
Nicolas Thantsha
Promoter: Prof EE van Dyk
Co-promoter: Dr FJ Vorster
PhD (Jan 2007 - date)

"On the characterisation of Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) devices and materials using laser beam induced current"
Mathew Munji
Promoter: Dr FJ Vorster
Promoter: Prof EE van Dyk
PhD (Sept 2007 - date)

Past projects:

"Investigation of device and performance parameters of photovoltaic devices"
Erees Queen Macabebe
Promoter: Prof EE van Dyk
PhD (Aug 2006 - Jan 2009)

"Analysis of Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide (CIGS) photovoltaic device characteristics and service life"
Chantelle Radue
Promoter: Prof EE van Dyk
PhD (Jan 2005 - Jan 2009)

"On the optical characterization of photovoltaic devices"
Andile Gxasheka
Promoter:Prof EE van Dyk
Co-promoter: Dr FJ Vorster
PhD (Aug 2003 - Jan 2008)

"Photovoltaic module and system evaluation in a water pumping application"
Simon Fressy
Supervisor: Dr EE van Dyk
Co-supervisor: Ms C Radue
Internship (May 2007 - Sept 2007)

"On the design and characterization of photovoltaic devices for concentration purposes"
Frederik Vorster
Promoter: Dr EE van Dyk
PhD (2002 – Jan 2007)

"On the characterization of Copper Indium Diselenide (CIS) photovoltaic devices"
Nicolas Thantsha
Supervisor: Dr EE van Dyk
MSc (Jan 2004 – Jan 2006)

"Characterization and monitoring of photovoltaic modules"
Alexandre Audouard
Supervisor: Dr EE van Dyk
Internship (Jul 2003 - Jan 2004)

"On the investigation of current–voltage characteristics of photovoltaic modules"
Jean Chamel
Supervisor: Dr EE van Dyk
Internship (Aug 2003 - Jan 2004)

"On the monitoring of current-voltage characteristics of photovoltaic modules"
Andile Gxasheka
Supervisor: Dr EE van Dyk
MSc (2001 - July 2003)

"On the reliability, degradation and failure of photovoltaic modules"
Edson Meyer
Promoter: Dr EE van Dyk
PhD, UPE (April 2002)

"CuInSe2 and a-Si photovoltaic module characterization"
Simon Schumacher
Supervisor: Dr EE van Dyk
BSc Honours (2001)

"On the evaluation of a photovoltaic concentrator system."
Freddie Vorster
Supervisor: Prof AWR Leitch
Co-supervisor: Dr EE van Dyk
MSc (Cum Laude), UPE (April 2001)

"Investigation of properties and energy rating of photovoltaic modules"
Edson Meyer
Supervisor: Dr EE van Dyk
MSc, UPE (April 1999)

"Evaluation of photovoltaic modules and systems"
Bernard Scott
Supervisor: Dr EE van Dyk
Co-supervisor: Prof AWR Leitch
MSc, UPE (April 1998)
 

Future projects:

Characterization of photovoltaic water pumping systems Physics (MSc / MTech)

Characterization of series and shunt resistances in photovoltaic devices (MSc)

Characterization of photovoltaic modules using light beam induced current measurements (MSc) 

On the design and optimisation of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) devices and systems (PhD)

High resolution light beam induced current studies of defects in photovoltaic devices (PhD)

Contacts

Prof Ernest van Dyk
Professor and Director: CER, and Head of Department
Tel: +27 41 5042259
Ernest.vanDyk@nmmu.ac.za

 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Telephone: 041-504 1111 | Fax: 041-504 2574 / 2731

E-mail: info@nmmu.ac.za

PO Box 77000 | Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Contact usPort Elizabeth | 6031 | South Africa

YouTube Twitter Facebook Connect@nmmu

 

© NMMU 2013

A-Z Index

NMMU site map