Tutorial 4 - Energy Storage Technologies, Photovoltaic Technologies, Smart Construction

Part 2: Photovoltaic Technologies and Trends

Prof. Abdelkader Outzourhit, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco


Delving into the world of photovoltaics, covering the latest trends, innovations, and their impact on sustainable energy generation. The tutorial will cover state of the PV technologies in addition to photovoltaic systems design and sizing. Generation of hydrogen using photovoltaic energy will take as case study.


  • Introduction to solar energy
  • From the Solar cells to photovoltaic Modules
  • Photovoltaic systems: classification, elements and sizing procedures
  • Application to green hydrogen generation by PV-powered electrolysis: Advantages and limitations


Abdelkader Outzourhit holds a PhD degree in Applied Physics from the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA (1992), a Master’s degree in physics from the same school in 1989 and a bachelor degree from the Cadi Ayyad University in 1985. He is currently a professor at the department of physics of the Faculty of Sciences, Cadi Ayyad University (in Marrakech, Morocco) as well as a lecturer at the Mohamed VI Polytechnic University. His research is centered on the fabrication of novel, efficient and solar cells and the integration of renewable energy sources in novel applications.  He participated in several EU-funded projects on renewable energies, desalination and hybrid systems (JatroMed, HYRESS, ADIRA). He also led several national projects on renewables (HYBRIDBATH, TAHALAGRID, PPR2 on Novel Solar Cells based on perovskites) and MediOpuntia (EranetMed). He participated in Erasmus+ projects QESAMED, AFREQEN and PROEMED destined to boosting quality, RE and energy efficiency in Africa. He authored and co-authored more than 250 articles covering thin films, solar cells, renewable energies, bio-energy, batteries and photocatalysis. He headed the Solid-state Physics and Thin Films Laboratory (now Laboratory of   Materials, Energy and Environment). His expertise includes the integration of renewable energy sources in various applications (decentralized electrification, desalination, biofuels, and hydrogen generation.) in addition to optimization of energy performances of RE systems and buildings. He was the ex-director of the Center for Analysis and Characterization at the Cadi Ayyad University for more than nine years. He coordinated several graduate and undergraduate programs at the university on renewables and nanomaterials (master degree, DESA, and bachelor). He authored/co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed articles.