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i am planning to go for a bachelor in eletrical engineering, but im not sure if it is right for solar power.
I concur. Also relevant courses in materials (materials science & engineering) would be beneficial.For photovoltaics I would also say EE.
For things such as solar heated boilers or wind energy I would say ME.
For alternative fuels I would say ChemE.
Could not disagree more. Chemists may do the "way out there" stuff, but the people doing practical work are engineers. MSE and EE are the two best fields for getting into solar cell research, in my opinion. I base this on the fact that the majority of the faculty working on solar cells at my institution are EE's.#1 discipline in my opinion for photovoltaics is chemistry followed closely by material science. Although condensed matter physics and electrical engineering aren't a bad way to go either but most of the development being done is by chemists. Every PV seminar I have gone to have been by inorganic and organic chemists.
Are they working on the actual PV cells or just related components of it (i.e. current collectors, control systems, substrates, etc)? The majority of PV work done at my institution has been done by EEs as well but none of their research projects are actually developing new cells. The latest and greatest actual PV development IMO is in the area of dye-sensitized solar cells, much which involves finding new inorganic materials for catalysts and redox shuttles. Both things that are typically done by chemists and physical chemists and not EEs.I base this on the fact that the majority of the faculty working on solar cells at my institution are EE's.