Energy and Petroleum Engineering

Solar Energy

SolarSolar energy is at the heart of the renewable energy field and focuses itself on ways to facilitate the direct conversion of solar energy to electrical energy. Materials science and engineering, as well as electrical engineering, are responsible for the development of a number of different innovations in photovoltaic cell research, which has led to the development of more efficient solar power systems in recent years. In addition to the design of solar cells themselves, the process engineering that drives the mass production of solar power generation equipment is a critical aspect of lowering end-user costs and making this abundant renewable energy source more available.

UMass Lowell offers several courses specific to solar energy engineering:


  • 22.521  Solar Fundamentals 

  • 22.527  Solar Energy Engineering 

  • 22.528  Photovoltaics Manufacturing